ERUKA (episode 19)

© Oby Chinyere
Julio called me that afternoon
“Ruka I’m back to the house, done and dusted, confirmed and certified Nurse Julio…hahahaha, all thanks to God and to you for making my dream to come true, it was a big task…others pulled out but I pulled through….
“Congratulation Julio, I’m so happy for you…this is what you have always wanted I’m glad you made it…
“Thank you, the house is so lonely without you, I will be traveling back home tomorrow, we need to celebrate as one family, I’m glad you are home is better that way so that we can be together as a family, I visited the market this evening to foresee things, and Tara is really doing so well in your absence, she is foreseeing things on your behalf, and all the slot are doing good too, so I have being wanting to ask about Dave, what exactly is going on, he said you have not being taking his calls, what did he do and hope is not because of Mara, because if she’s behind all this I will tear her apart with my teeth…
“I don’t want to talk about Dave, let’s not talk about him or Mara, please remind Tara of the supplies she will make tomorrow morning to customers, she should make sure she send all the money to bank, please tell her to gather all the sales from other slots and take everything to the bank, I don’t want her leaving money to the following day, she should also pay suppliers whenever they supply, I will be back next week… tell her that first thing in the morning she should go to the bank, I will call her again to remind her… and Julio don’t go anywhere close to Dave and I don’t want you to go and start fighting Mara, I know you are a tigress, please save your strength for your future patients…I miss you sis and congrat once again…come home let’s celebrate…
Richærd has asked me to visit him at his grandmother’s place he was coming in the evening to get me and Mia, he was turning into a family friend as mother was already calling him “my son”
He drove down without Jones, and we left with him to see his adorable grandma
And she was indeed adorable, she was so strong and friendly too, she speak so fluently, she made us green tea with snacks, and said is a healthy and burns fat but since I wasn’t dieting I decided to take creamy tea with the home made pancake she offered, she told us lots of stories, and how eating healthy has kept her so far, we all sat around a table in her flower garden as she talks, she talks about Richærd when he was little, and he was always trying to read people’s mind, I laugh at some of the stories.
Everywhere around the house was clean, it was a big house and so warm, I saw two ladies I guess they are the ones attending to her need, they all seem so nice, Jones was also there with us, as he sat close to Richærd’s grandma like a body guard
The fine old woman asked us to visit her anytime we are free, she likes it when young people visits.
After the meeting and having the best of time, it was time to go and Richærd told Jones who wanted to go and drop us not to bother that he will do that
Richærd drove me and Mia back to the house, and as Mia got down I remained in the car with Richærd, decided to clear the air with him so that we will understand ourselves better
“thank you for today, it was so fun being with your grandma, I also wanted to tell you that this…I mean whatever relationsh¡p that is forming between us shouldn’t get serious, I’m not ready to date anyone or lead you along, I maybe thinking differently from what you are thinking so I just want us to understand ourselves and keep it cool, so it won’t get complicated in the future, I have had experiences and I just needed to clear the air about us…
“Yeah, you are indeed a strong woman…you probably don’t know how strong you are Eruka, I want to call you the way your mom always calls you “Eruka” is so deep and has a deep meaning, I wasn’t coming to you for a relationsh¡p, I just wanted to be a friend, I don’t have friends around here, as much as I will want to be coming around you everyday I just have to restrict myself to be able to keep away unwanted emotions, your mom is so welcoming, your sister Mia, is so lovely and you mentioned having another crazy sister and I will love to meet her, I understand you have being through a lot already in the hands of men and I totally respect your decision in keeping it simple with me. I respect you and also your decision, and I’m glad we had this conversation, but can I still come around most days before I travel back to the city…
“Sure, you can, my sister, Julio will be coming back tomorrow and we will also be having a little house party to celebrate her, she just graduated from a nursing school, so you are invited to the party, and in that way you will be able to meet Julio…
“wow, thank you for the invite, I will be there, and a big congratulation to your sister, I will really love to meet her and also I can speak to my Dad about her, if she ever needs a big hospital to work in my dad can connect her, both here and abroad depending on her choice…
After our discussion, he came down and greeted mother, before waving us good bye and drove off, I was happy that we have being able to reach consensus, i was even more happy to hear that Julio will be having a choice of working in one of those big hospitals, both here or outside the country.
The following day Julio was coming home, and I was looking forward to that, towards the evening Jones came to drop Richærd, he came with some cup cakes and cookies, he said it was his grandmother’s home made snacks, and she asked him to bring it down to us, and another bag has a green tea for mother, we thanked him and also send our greetings to his grandma, he asked if my sister was still coming today and I told him she was, I just spoke with her not quiet long, she will soon get here, Richærd asked if he should call Jones to go and get her at the park and I told him not to worry that Julio will find her way down.
We played a game which involve Mia and mother, in front of her shop, we were already cracking up with laughter when we hærd the sound of a car driving into our compound, everyone stood, and I turned and was shock as I saw it was Dave’s car, I opened my eyes so wide as I saw Dave, he embarked on a journey with Julio, he was really the one, Julio never mentioned anything about it to me.
Mia ran to Julio as she stepped down, after which Julio came to hug mother who’s hand was already opened wide, I felt dizzy watching Dave and took a back step, Richærd was beside me, it was as if he knows what I was going through, he came to stand beside me and placed his hand on my back,
Julio walked upto me with her head bent
“please don’t be mad at me Ruka, Dave insisted on coming down with me just to see you, I couldn’t talk him out of it and I never intend to talk him out of it, I was glad to bring him home, please hear him out, it was a long journey getting home can I get a hug at least I know you can’t trade me for any one else no matter how much I step on your toes, I miss you…
Before I could say anything she hugged me instead, and when she loosened she looked up at Richærd who was standing beside me, he moved his hands to my shoulder
“Hi…and who are you, you are holding my sister…that’s her main man by the car, so who are you…introduce yourself…because you are in my compound and you are holding another man’s property…
Richærd smiled, exposing his white teeth, before saying
“Eruka said she got a crazy sister, I never knew the sister was also defensive and beautiful too…I’m glad to finally meet you Julio, I’m just your family friend, not just Eruka’s friend but to everyone here, congratulation on your graduation, welcome home…
I watch Julio smile sheepishly before thanking him, she moved aside and ask mother and Mia to come with her, she took them in,side, I watch as Dave walked down to me,
He looked at Richærd who was still standing beside me, I wanted to spite him so I took Richærd’s hand and placed on my back again, I watch Dave tighten his fist, he frowned and jerked his muscle, he looked from me to Richærd before focusing on me
“Ruka, what are you doing…whaaat…who is this…tell him to take his hands off you…or I will make him do it with force…he has no right to hold you this way…I don’t care whoever he is…he should take his hands off your back…
“as if you have being able to take your own hands off Mara, what are you doing here by the way, I hope you didn’t journey all the way down to see me because as you can see I have moved on with my life, so you too should do the same, is a good thing you got a son and also have your ex…this is my new life
“I won’t repeat myself, Ruka tell him to take those hands of his or I will do it for him, I can’t loose you again, not to him or to anybody…I will fight for what that is mine no matter what it takes…I don’t have anything to do with Mara…all I want is you…young man take your hands off her…she’s my woman…you have no right to hold her…
“Have some respect Dave…you are in my home, don’t disrespect my guest…what do you want..
“I want you…just you and I also want him to leave you alone…because my life is incomplete without you…what exactly do you want me to do now…you moved on so what do you want me to do…I love you Ruka, I know is being rough this few weeks but there are certain things that life throws at us that we can’t escape from, I’m sorry…I am deeply sorry… please don’t do this to me…I love you so much…Ruka look at me…I love you…nothing and no one will be able to separate me from you, not again, after loosing you to Bazil I thought It has all ended until you came back and I have being more happy than I could ever be, I’m sorry that I hurt you…please we need to talk things out don’t just move on and leave me behind…what will I do without you…please we need to talk things out, I’m ready to stay here with you until you decide to hear me out, all that matters is that I’m close to you…please can he now take his hands off you…
Richærd gradually pull out his hand with a smile, he stretched out his hand to Dave who reluctantly took it, he introduced himself as just a family friend, Dave watch as Richærd quietly walked away, Julio came out to meet him and they took a walk.
Two talkative, Julio was always having what to say, Richærd was always knowing what to say, they will never be bored with each other.
After Richærd left Dave gently drew me into a tight hug, he tried to k-ss me but I hushed him to stop.
“Don’t do that…sto…stop it… mother maybe watching us through the window…I said stoooop….
He started laughing at the way I covered my mouth with my hands.
I’m glad he is here with me, I have really missed him.
To be continued.. 
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