“Good evening sky” Chioma greeted getting up from the seat, her face was wearing anything but a smile.
“Good evening baby, i never expected to see you here” i intoned taking a couple of steps towards her, Ryan still clutched in my arms.
Her eyes were glued to the little mould of flesh and lips in my arms as i walked towards her.
“Aunty see, i have ice-cream!!!” Ryan blurted out to her raising his king sized cup of ice-cream, Chioma forced out a fake smile then fixed her gaze on me.
“I can see you are having fun with your son” She addressed, the ‘son’ much louder than the rest of the words.
My eyes was blank, i looked on at chioma then to Ryan who was happily scooping some ice-cream into his mouth still hanging on my arms very oblivious of the stale atmosphere around.
I dropped him nudging him to go seat down and finish his treat.
“Sky why didn’t you tell me, i cant believe you wanted to hide this from me all my life” the tempo of her voice intensified with every word.
“No, baby you won’t understand. I never kne……”
“Oh cut that crap sky, don’t even baby me or concoct another lie and add salt to the injury” she retorted cutting my words short, her face squeezing into a hard gesture.
“Chioma please listen to me” I intoned trying to sound as pleading as possible.
“Please try and listen to me before judging me”
“What is there to listen sky, you hid your son from me until the mother of your child revealed it to both i and my parents. can you imagine the heartbreak, the embarrassment i felt in front of my parents that my fiancee already had a son with another woman and i didn’t know. the betrayal getting to know from someone else”. The tears were dropping freely from her face.
“Chioma please it’s not what you think, i never knew he was my son until…..”
“Just shut up sky don’t even utter another lie, you never knew and i just saw you now bringing him here and telling him this is his house? what do you take me for sky.. you think am a fool?”
Every word from her mouth slapped my heart hard. to say i was confused would be an understatement. their were many explanations to do and i didn’t even know where to start, Chioma is not even giving me the chance to.
“Baby please listen to…”
“Sky i said don’t call me that again” she cut in again. “I only came here to give you these” She slipped the engagement ring out from her fingers and dropped it on the floor, the spare keys to my house followed with a resounding jingling sound.
“Please don’t do this” a drop of tears escaped my eye. Hers were already running freely as she slowly walked pass me, dragging each step like she was tied to a wall.
The door closed behind her with a hard bang, thumping hard on my heart inducing a piercing pain.
More tears now ran freely down my cheek defying my attempt to hold them back.
“Uncle are you alright?” Ryan’s voice sipped into my ears dragging me back to consciousness after i had being standing there like a statue for minutes.
I took my gaze down, he was looking up at me ice-cream smeared all over the corners of his mouth.
“Am ok Ryan” I hid my throaty voice in whispers wiping the tears with the back of my hands forcing out a smile for Ryan.
The rest of the night i tried to be appear fine because of Ryan, gave him a bath and a change of clothes. luckily he slept very early and it was deep, i watched him sleep cus i on my own part found it was more possible for an elephant to climb than for me to achieve sleep.
The morning was very slow in coming and annoyingly very cold when it finally came.
Ryan’s innocent funny remarks always managed to hold me on, his high spiritedness and jovial personality. it was impossible not to love this innocent little boy.
A little before noon i heard a knock on my door. it was a familiar soft knock and i couldn’t imagine my guess to be true.
“Yes who is that” I yelled at the door still not getting up from my sofa where i sat with Ryan who was munching in a plate of chips and chicken i ordered from a restaurant.
“Sky open the door, its me”
“Mummy!!!” Ryan yelled on hearing the voice exposing his immaculate white milk teeth.
“What is she doing here, how did she even know where i live” i cursed under my breathe heading towards the door.
“Mummy!!!” Ryan sang up again rushing to hug Amanda immediately her figure registered into the room.
“what is my baby eating” She teased him playfully nibbling her teeth on his stomach inducing some wild laugh from him.
Ryan ran back to his plate of food immediately Amanda dropped him, laughing as he ran.
“Wooow he’s really happy here with you” She commented smiling at me, the black eye was barely visible now.
“What are you doing here Amanda and how did you get to know my house?” i threw at her getting a chuckle as a reply.
“Never mind how i got to know, anyway i need to take Ryan to the hospital for some immunization shots”. She moved more into my house, tilting her head right and left nodding while she assessed my interior decoration.
“Hmmm your place is beautiful” she threw at me working out a smile.
“Ok thank you let me go and get his things” i offered moving towards the stairs.
“Oh relax sky, don’t be in a hurry we are not leaving right away” she replied heading more into the sitting room.
“You have to because i need to go somewhere, i was even about to bring him home before you came” i intoned with all seriousness.
“Oh my God!!!. . . what is this” Amanda blurted out bending down and picked up two jingling trinkets lying on the floor.
“Sky what’s are these?” she asked showing me the engagement and my spare key which Chioma dropped last night. i have not even touched or tried to pick them up.
“Nothing, just give me that” I collected the key and ring from her. i could see a one sided smirk on her face.
“Sky are you ok?” she asked getting hold of my arms.
I could feel her breathe on my cheek as i her face gain inch by inch into mine.
“Sky look at me” her hands now ran up to the crack of my back..
I felt her lips take hold mine and her breathing intensifying. A shocking wave hit my brains hard.
I could feel myself slipping, i tried but i was slipping hard. her hands now rubbed almost on top of my pubic bones nudging junior sky.
“Ok ok its ok Amanda” i blurted out untangling myself.
“Sky please stop this” she sang bringing herself up to me again.
“Amanda leave my house”
“what did you say sky” She said peering into my face.
“I said leave my house now” i went up stairs grabbed Ryan’s back pack and handed it over to her.
“Ok sky anything you say” she was strangely calm and bright.
She left with Ryan minutes later. i crashed into the sofa letting out a huge heavy sigh.
My life was like a broken plate now with all it’s pieces missing.
“Sky why are you doing this to yourself” Jessy’s voice thundered into my ears with a bang coming in a shrieking pitch.
I cast a long stare at the bold sparkling transparent glass cup in my hand, the golden brown liquor sparkled and shimmered inside the cup.
It has been 4 days since Chioma dropped our engagement ring. I have tried going to her house only to be stopped short by Hassan the second time under the directives of Chioma’s father.
“You must open this gate today” I barked at Hassan charging towards him with clenched fist and tightened face.
He was visibly shaking being intimidated by my towering 6’9height standing at 5’8ft himself with a tiny physique.
“Oga abeg, na oga say make i no allow you” He sounded pleading, the sparkle in his eyes betraying his fear.
“I don’t care Hassan, i can’t take it anymore” I barked banging both my hands and feet on the gate, hot dripping sweats covering my face dripping down to the crack my back smearing my ash coloured t-shirt.
My bangs on the gate became louder with each passing minute, the sweats stepping out in a more bolder manner as the sun battered my face.
Sitting down in front of the gate for a little more than two hours, i could make out people casting a suspicious look at me, some where pointing at shaking their heads.
i over heard one remark “Oh who did this to this young man” betraying the fact that they were under the impression i was going nuts.
Hassan’s eyes were popped out through the hatch, a remarkable look of pity written all over. * *
“Sky i don’t like this thing you are doing one bit” Jessy thundered banging her hands on the long sitting room bar table.
I had lost any reason to talk, i deemed it unnecessary, taking another long gulp of the liquor, i felt as a hot sensation travelled from the base of my tongue down to my abdomen.
“Give me this cup” Jessy blurted out making for the glass cup in my hand, within seconds she had wrestled the extra-large glass cup from me and i heard it crashing on the floor in a shattering song.
My head felt light and view blurred. i made for the almost finished bottle of henesy sitting a few inches from me only to get another shattering sound of breaking bottles as Jessy quickly pushed it out of the bar with quick reflex.
“Sky you want to kill yourself right? . . Look at what you are doing to yourself trying to drink yourself to death because of Chioma. is this the end of your life?” She was barking at the top of her voice.
her eyes w€t and was almost ready to drop, depression was written all over her face and a sense of utmost concern and pity.
I dragged myself up, couldn’t maintain my balance as my legs kept wobbling under me threatening to give way, the surrounding appearing to be in a uniformed spin.
I staggered to the sitting room and slumped into a sofa. “Jessy just leave me alone for Christ sake” i groaned.
I watched as Jessy paced around a bit, dipped her hand into her silvery sleek hand bag and brought out her phone, caressing the keypads as she dialed a number.
“Hello Chioma” she sang into the ear phone still maintaining a depressed look smeared in a blank composure.
“Oh please stop the pet names, see listen to me very carefully. If anything happens to my twin brother, I will never forgive you. Mark my words” She yelled into the phone then cut the call with a hard punch of the finger flinging the phone carelessly which luckily landed on a lone sofa beside me.
Her depressed pitying look now turned red with anger with a little pinch of frustration.
“Sky we have to go and see papa, he must be told of the latest developments”
I threw a long stare at Jessy, it really might be a good idea, i shouldn’t carry this cross alone papa should know.
Jessy made lunch for me with a cup of hot coffee after which i took a cold shower and slept off for the first time in days.
The evening was gloomy and twilight appeared darker than normal. The compound looked deserted and cold as Jessy taxied the car inside with me seating on the passengers side watching Effiong struggle and wrestle while closing the gigantic gate.
His small frame wrestling the gate was a kind of unadulterated amusement to me anytime i see it.
Papa sat on his usual sofa in the sitting room, the t.v remote control on his hands as he toggled between A.I.T and it’s equally annoying counter part N.T.A.
He has gotten leaner and paler than the last time i saw him and his whole physique appeared weak and feeble even though his wounds were almost healed.
Good evening Papa” I greeted and Jessy’s almost immediately after mine.
“Ooh Ejimam!!!” Papa intoned flashing the front part of his dental formula.
His words sounded like he forced them out of his throat and exhibited a lot of weakness.
“Nnam, You dont look well, what is the matter?” Papa asked almost immediately i sat on a sofa beside his, his eyes peered into my face both of them appeared to have gone deeper into his face due to his clearly visible cheek bones.
“Papa, am fine” I said with a forced smile tilting my face out from the range of his face.
“Nnam remember you are my son and i have watched you grow, i know when you are fine and when you are not. You cant lie to me”
Papa’s gaze on me intensified, his breathe sounding loud as someone who just finished a marathon race.
“Papa dont mind him, i brought him here because their is something we wanted to discuss with you” Jessy chipped in nodding at papa.
Papa gave a consenting nod, leaning back unto the sofa his chest rose and fell hard and his mouth dropped a little open.
“Papa are you alright?” Jessy asked standing from her seat placing her hands on papa’s head and chest.
“Yes am fine Nne, please go to that drawer in my room, open that your mother’s old drawer, You will find a bag containing my medications” His words were even more forced out now.
Jessy disappeared into the stair case, i kept on looking at papa who now closed his eyes relaxing into the sofa.
I can’t believe papa turned this weak and lean like that but right here before my face he was slipping.
“Sky! Sky!! Come up here!!!” I heard Jessy’s voice from the direction of Papa’s room.
“What is it!!” i Yelled after her maintaining my seating position.
“Just come up here this imbecile!!!” Her voice appeared even angrier and pissed.
I sprang up from the seat and reluctantly made it up the stairs. Papa only peeked open his eyes, let out a weak smile and closed it again.
“What is it eeehn??” i let out on getting into papa’s room, Jessy sat beside mama’s old desk holding up a little transparent plastic cup of medicine with little yellow tablets inside, her whole gaze were fixed on it.
“What is it naaa??” I asked again getting closer.
“Sky, look at this medicine, if this is what i think it is…” she was handing me the little plastic container.
I looked at it for a little more than 2seconds, all i could see was just a bunch of little yellow tablets.
“It’s just papa’s medicine jessy, what do you think it is” i asked handing her back the little container.
“Sky if my guess is right these are Haimdal’s pills” She was sounding anxious and visibly sweating when the air was chilly to me.
“Ok Jessy what’s Haimdal’s pills, do you think am also a doctor or what?”
“Sky just shut up, Haimdal’s pills are very toxic pills, it slowly shrinks and kills the human organs which will inevitably result to the death of patient if administering is persisted” Her eyes were popped as she was still casting a cold look at the container.
“How did it get into papa’s medicine then?” I asked a little pinch of fear sipping in.
“I don’t know, it smells like it and looks like it, i will have to take this to the hospital tomorrow to check and be sure” She announced slipping it down her pocket.
We went down to papa who still sat calmly with his eyes closed. All of a sudden appeared like he was dying to me.
“Papa who brought those medicines for you?” Jessy asked going to seat beside papa while i sat opposite them looking on.
“Nne it was Amanda, doctor called and she went and picked them up for me and she gives it to me as prescribed by the doctor on daily basis but she’s not home now” He said peering at Jessy.
My heart skipped a beat immediately the name Amanda was mentioned.
“Here papa, take this medicine tonight” Jessy said handing papa a satchet containing white tablets.
“what about my medications nne” papa asked with confusion written on his look.
“Don’t worry papa, dont touch them again i will go and see doctor and make a little adjustments in your medications and bring them to you myself tomorrow” she smiled at him throwing a blind wink at me.
“Ok nne” papa smiled back.
“Now nnam tell me what is it you wanted to” papa asked still smiling.
I was reluctant not knowing if it was a good idea feeding papa such bad news at this moment. i looked at Jessy who gestured me to.
I took time to narrate everything to papa, from Amanda’s sabotage to my supposed parents-inlaws, to her claim of Ryan being my son and lastly i and Chioma’s shaky and fizzling relationship culminating into a foggy wedding possibility.
Papa slumped back into the seat again, he was strangely very calm.
“I knew this may happen someday” He muttered to himself yet it was audible to i and Jessy.
“I should have done this a long time ago before now” He sighed again.
“Nnam do not despair, everything will be fine. i need to do what i should have done before, we are going for a DNA test”. He announced a lot of calmness and confidence written in his words.
I just hope he is right that “everything will be fine”
“Oh sky, Jessy you are here” Amanda sang in with a chuckle emanating from her as she stepped into the house, Ryan hanging on her arms like he was tied there.
My heart flew out and back again, Jessy’s face changed immediately. That former masked face that hides her contempt when she uses it.
That was the same look she wore the day Papa first brought Amanda to us.
“Welcome” We replied trying to appear all smiley from the way we exposed our teeth in something that can serve as a smile.
“How is your father doing?” She asked making straight to papa who was just looking on with a smile.
“Darling how are you” She addressed papa seating beside him on the edge of the sofa. Her hands placed warmly on his fore head and right hand rubbing his thighs.
“Am fine my dear” Papa replied appreciating her with a smile.
“I hope you have eaten and what about your medications have you taken that yet?” she asked again with a concern and care oozing out from her words.
Jessy looked at me intently as we both looked on watching Amanda pet papa.
“Yes Jessy made soup and i have taken my medicine. thank you very much dear” Papa said patting her back gently.
“Uncle!!!” Ryan yelled slipping down from Amanda’s grasp and ran to me jumping into my body with reckless abandon.
My stare skipped from Jessy to papa and then Amanda. The atmosphere was tense and a cloud loomed seeming to unleash a talkless rain.
Papa let out a loud sigh buttered into a pinch of groan as he sat up.
“Amanda please have a seat, their is something we need to discuss” Papa addressed her adjusting himself a little.
I watched on as Amanda look intensely as papa then me, shrugs and heads towards a vacant sofa beside papa’s. * *
“Williams family please come into my office!!” The doctor announced on the intercom as we all sat with other patients in the hospital waiting lounge.
It was a day after our DNA test and the result was to be announced.
The indifference in Amanda’s face when papa rebuked her about passing such news to Chioma’s parents was scary.
Her aloofness as she just hung her face in her palms looking blankly as papa spoke out, though his voice sounded weak but the tone was nothing but serious.
Still recall the way her eyes popped immediately papa mentioned that a DNA test was to be carried out to confirm Ryan’s paternity.
Her eyes turned dim and look blunt. Papa’s stern warning still made me realize he still was the man he used to be deep down.
“Listen to me carefully, If you destroys my son’s marriage with this your unfounded malarkey, you will see the other side of me”
The unchanging smell of the hospital filled my nostrils as we entered into the hospital on the day we were to collect the result of the DNA test done the previous day.
Papa walked on his on without using his usual walking stick, Jessy have changed all his medications and made sure she was always around to administer them.
Amanda walked along Ryan who always tried to run ahead of the group.
I stood behind saying silent prayers for the result to turn out negative. it may be a way to save my marriage and salvage the little shattered pieces of my life.
Amanda was strangely very jovial and cheerful since the day began. she wore a smile from the very first minute she woke up.
I had stayed in papa’s house from the day we came on Jessy’s request so that way one of us will always be available and watch papa’s health.
She gently tapped a knock on my pushing it open almost immediately like she always does.
“Good morning sky” She greeted with a smile the lip gloss she wore shimmering under the light *I wonder if she just wakes up and makes up immediately**
Her exaggerated bumz made the mini flimsy gown she wore find it difficult to cover pass her a-s region even though she allowed one of the two tiny sleeves slip down her elbow.
“Good morning” I replied feigning indifference but avoided any eye contact.
“Sweety your breakfast is ready” she intoned giggling out forming a flirty smirk.
The cold stern i shot at her without uttering a word was enough to show her words held no water even though it was obvious a lot of sarcasm was buried within it.
The way she swayed her bumz in a very intense manner as she bundled herself out of the room taking each steps as slow as she could entertain still chuckling.
Now that we are in the hospital, her hearty laughs and cheerful mood sold out a transparent confidence and it scared me to imagine what is according her such disheartening confidence.
Jessy walked in into the hospital waiting lounge, her brisk hard strides were complimented by knocking sound her high heeled shoes made on the ceramic floor.
“Sky, come here” She blurted out on getting to where i sat in the lounge dragging the edge of my shirt in a bid to drag me up. not even a hello to papa and amanda.
“What is it Jessy” I asked on getting to a tight secluded corner where she dragged me to.
Away from the hearing range of anybody in the lounge.
“I gave those pills to Wilson, he confirmed that those pills are actually Haimdal’s pills just like i suspected” Her eyes blinked at more interval than normal.
I was dumbfounded. my tongue went numb and throat felt like it was tied, only my face betrayed my look being subconsciously fixed at Jessy mopping on like a moron.
“Sky it is either the doctor mistook those drugs for some other drugs or Amanda added those drugs to medications because Wilson doubts if any doctor would make such mistake” Her voice was shaky and cracked obvious fear emanating from it.
I really hope their is a rational explanation this but the second possibility scared the be-jesus out of me.
I and Jessy walked back to the lounge after agreeing to commence a close watch on Amanda. The doctor’s voice rang from the intercom just after i settled down with Jessy.
The professional smart look on the doctor’s look with a set of exposed teeth same in colour with his flowing lab coat.
He gestured us to seat down seeming like he was referring only to papa who sat down after a handshake with him.
A brown envelope peeped out from the broad side pocket of his lab coat which he brought showing it to us closely.
“This is the result to the DNA test we carried out on you people” He said while his hands worked on retrieving a slim folded white paper from the brown pack.
“According to the result, the child’s deoxyribonucleic acid strand matches yours more” He intoned casting a look at me making it clear he was referring to me.
My heart sank immediately, papa’s face maintained the smile it wore when we entered, Jessy sighed out and Amanda’s lips formed a one sided crooked smile.
The doctor handed the white paper to me which i passed to Jessy after mopping at it for more than 60seconds without understanding anything else but the names written in a scattered alien-like handwriting typical of most doctors.
Jessy looked at it, gave me a confirmative nod and folded it back.
It is canon that Ryan is my child.
Her body glowed, under the dim deep blue light that hung hidden in the little square champaign room of the club.
Faint music are heard mixed with shouts and howls of party-ers outside hitting the dance floor hard, the multi coloured rainbow beams casted by the disco lights around sipped in, struggling hard to find its way into the little champaign room.
The liquid sitting lazily on my long slim glass sparkled with the dim blue lights, a sense of familiarity between i and the wine.
I watched as her hands picked up the bottle of moet buried in a bucket of ice standing at a little table before me.
“Let me fill your glass” she whispered into my ears making sure the warm breathe from her caressed my face.
She gulped down another glass of the now bluish gold liquor, her shimmering body clad only in a yellow bikini now glowing neon due to the blue beams.
A straight smooth legs with a high heeled shoe, hairless and shimmering ran straight up to a flawless thigh with only the bikini covering her mould.
A flat stomach complimented a well deserved round bum in a descent hip. Relatively large b00bs that rested heavily on a matching bikini top which barely covered 30 percent of her b00bs letting out a lot of cleavage.
Her hands ran from the base of my stomach up towards the capital of my chest, a tingling sensation surged through me, Was it the alcohol or the magic her fingers played on my chest.
I could feel her tongue running up towards my neck, her hands now grazing the upper region of Junior sky giving it passive nudges to which strangely it responded weakly.
My heart raced back to the events of a few hours rewind back in time.
Amanda’s smile into my face as she walked pass heading out of the hospital lounge into the car park. She wore a smirk while taking slow comfortable triumphant strides. A copy of the DNA result was in her hand still in a brown enveloped which she didn’t bother to open owing to the fact the first copy already said it all.
“Nnam, all will be well” Papa sang out on his way trailing behind Amanda, His eyes spoke exactly the opposite of his words.
Philip was waiting beside the car to take them home.
My hope of getting Chioma back was shattered and my chances with her was now slimmer than an indomie strand.
Jessy showed total indifference about the whole thing, she was more concerned about the Haimdal’s pills found in papa’s medication.
MY legs wobbled under me, eyes dim and w€t, heart blank.
I yanked the door of my car open, climbed into the bold seat of a heavy balanced TUNDRA. My head hurts but my heart hurt more.
Banging a clenched fist into the center of the steering wheel, which just gave out corresponding beep of horns as my fist landed on it meting out my frustration on the innocent wheel which still didn’t seem to care.
I dialed Chioma’s number severally to which she busied and ignored some without picking any. Jessy had gone home with papa and Amanda.
I could make out curious eyes from the hospital surroundings fixed on my car, who wouldn’t check if you see a parked car letting out uncalled horns and bangs with the driver having a boxing bout with the steering wheel.
Driving off with a death calling speed, i zoomed down to a Capitol bar just beside shoprite. Ordered for a few bottle of beers.
Spent hours there, gulping down glass after glass of crispy beers which gave a lot of soothing warmth to my already troubled mind, white stick of cigarette with glowing red ends and flying out smokes tucked between my fingers. I have never taken one before but i could try anything that had a possibility of blanking out my mind from everything.
Somehow i wish none of this ever happened, i wish i could just pinch myself and realized it was all a dream, that papa never married any girl called Amanda.
“Hey you don’t look interested” A slim milky voice jolted me out of my obvious oblivious thoughts. Part of her hands were boldly resting on Junior sky and from the minty sensation on my mouth she must have been kissing me.
The dim blue lights registered into my mind again, the curvely creature before me bathed in sandwiched beams from the blue bulb holes.
She peered into my face, holding the side of my cheek with her hands. “Sir what is wrong?” She asked, curiosity buttered in a spread of concern masking her look.
I have never seen such basic sense of responsibility from a call girl c-m stripper in a club before.
I entered the club after my long hours of staying alone in capitol bar with only bottles of liquor and sticks of cigarette and borrowed strange look from the attendants as companions.
A heavily expensive club that plays host to expensive people hoping to catch expensive fun. It had an enormous supply of call girls on bikinis serving drinks and other things the customer might be interested in.
Olumide was the one that introduced me to the club the very first time we met after i returned from london and this was my second time of being at the club.
“Hey can i talk to you” I intoned at a curvy bootilicious girl clad in a yellow bikini.
I was seated on the long bar seats as the bar tender mixed a shot of cocktail for me.
The look he gave me with a wink and smile as he pushed the drink to me while my gaze watched the creature in a yellow bikini draw near.
She wore a flirty look, and a mildly applied make-up unlike others in the club whose over exaggerated make-ups gave them a ridiculous look instead of adding a chunk of beauty.
“How are you beautiful, Am sky whats your name?” I sang at her rubbing my hand through her shoulder.
“Am licia” She said trying to achieve a flirty smile.
“Hhmm beautiful name licia, and fits a beautiful girl like you” I flirted throwing down a large portion of the drink before me watching her blush.
“Can i get a private service in a champaign lounge?” I shot at her casting a dirty look from the top of her body to her toes clad in high heeled shoes.
“Alright” She intoned after almost a minute of silence which is really weird owing to the fact that she’s a call girl.
“Sir you have seem very absent minded since you brought me into this champaign room, what exactly is wrong with you?” Licia’s voice was growing bolder.
I slipped my hands into my pocket and displayed a ring before her, the little diamond tear on top of it glowing deep blue complimenting the light in the room.
Could notice her eyes popped as she cast a long confused look at me and the ring.
“She left me!” I blurted out bursting out in a sudden m0an of intense emotion.
“My life is a mess now” i groaned
She watched keenly, then took her hands around my shoulder repeating papa’s exact words “All will be well sir. . tell me what happened?”
I poured out every vital detail to her from the problem with Chioma to Amanda and my papa.
She was a wonderful listener and just pouring what i tried to water down with alcohol gave me a more soothing sensation than all the alcohol’s i have taken.
“Please call me sky” I interrupted her, my gazed still fixed at the ring in my hand.
“Sorry, Sky. In life challenges must come, the waves of our past will haunt us and the tides may weigh us down but what makes a successful life is riding with the tides and letting the effect the waves of your pasts bring to be a bedrock to shape your future. What is yours is yours”
I could hear Mama’s voice in her words and i trusted my mama’s voice and words more than anything.
“Thank you licia, i really appreciate” I whispered dropping a huge wad of 50 thousand naira on the table, dragged myself up, a sharp thud on my head sent me crashing back down into the bed in the room.
She jolted up asking what the matter was, the room was spinning round in a furious zig zag manner.
“You are drunk sky, you cant go like this” she intoned looking down on me.
I slipped my hand into my pocket again, fetched out my car keys, my head throbbed hard, furious headache engulfed me.
“Please drive me home licia” i groaned out handing her the car keys in my hand.
Licia went back to the back room where the call girls change, appeared back within a few minutes now clad in a jean trouser and top, took the key from me and guided me back to the car park.
The alcohols i had taken were taking a wild toll on me.
Watching my gate slide open immediately a figure of my newly hired gate man saw the headlights of my car approaching, a few drops of peace were dropped in me.
Licia parked the car just before the house, hurried over to the other side to guide me into the house as i staggered down from the seat.
“SKy!!!” A very familiar voice shrieked just in front of my door.
The white florescent light in the front door showed the figure brightly.
Chioma was standing in front of my door, it was obvious she had been seating there since she didn’t have the keys anymore.
I watched as her face turned from the look of surprise she wore when she yelled my name to a tearful one. she walked briskly past me the groaning cries from her now audible, Licia just stood beside the car looking on with a blank eyes.
“Chioma!!” I yelled after her looking on with shock as Chioma sped out of my compound crying
..To be continued..
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