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Valley of Decisions

Episode Two

 

LAILA

 

“I don’t know why you keep investing your time and energy into that

waste of space, Laila. You deserve so much better.”

“Kiki, I won’t take that from you. I know you don’t approve of this

relationship, but please don’t talk about Ben that way.”

My best friend, Kiki and I were spending some time together at her

place before heading out to dinner. We were in her bedroom

rearranging her closet, as I gave her an update on my journey back

from the seminar with Ben. She didn’t like Ben, and she never could

hide it, even when he was around her.

She rolled her eyes. “Whatever! I hope that for your sake, this

relationship is worth it in the end. You both are in completely different

worlds. You are a Christian, he claims to be one. You are doing well as

a lawyer; he is still playing games, claiming to be a media mogul. Both

of you are just not on the same level.” She flung some clothes into her

laundry basket. “You keep acting as though he is the last man on earth.

You need to make the decision to kick him to the curb before he does it

to you.”

I chuckled. “I hear ya, Pastor Kiki,” I said. “I see no ring on your finger

and you don’t have a man but you know how to dish out relationship

advice like an expert.”

Kiki dramatically held her stomach and bent over like she had just

been punched. “Ouch. That was a low blow sis, but I’ll let it slide,” she

said.

I playfully blew her a kiss and laughed. “I didn’t mean it,” I said.

“Anyway, what do you think I should do?”

She rolled her eyes again. “You know what you should do Laila, I

don’t need to tell you. At this point, you need to do what you need to

do and make room for your heavenly baked hubby.”

Kiki smiled sheepishly, which made me look at her strangely.

“What’s with that smile, Kiki?” I asked.

She giggled. “Can’t a girl smile sheepishly for the fun of it?” she

asked, as she playfully shoved me.

“Uhm, no you can’t,” I said. “And did I just hear you say heavenly

baked hubby? Really, Kiki?”

We stared at each other for a few seconds and burst into laughter.

“You are something else,” I said as I sat down on her bed. “Anyway, I

want to say you’re right but at the same time, I’ve put way too much

into this relationship. Breaking it off is easier said than done.”

Kiki walked into the bathroom, shaking her head like she had some

kind of revelation. She popped her head out of the door and said, “It’s

fear that’s stopping you, my friend.”

I smirked. “Really Kiki, Fear? I am not afraid of anything.”

She walked out of the bathroom, shaking a nail clipper in her hand.

“You are afraid of being alone, Laila,” she said. “You have been with

him since you were 23. You don’t want to be above 30 and single.

You have also invested so much into him, and you want your

dividends, girl.”

I walked to her bedroom window and stared blankly. “Kiki, I have

been with him for so long; I’ve given him so much, I’ve even

graciously saved myself for him. Do you know how hard that has

been? He has been good to wait for me.”

Kiki walked over to her bed and sat down. “He has been good to

wait? Laila, do you hear yourself?” She smirked. “Okay friend, if you

say so.”

Right from the day Kiki met Ben, she told me, “Sis, he’s not yours.” Of

course, I didn’t appreciate that because I thought she was being

judgmental. While we were in law school, all I heard from her was

‘let him go. He’ll only do you more harm than good’. And he really

has, if I am being honest with myself. In the past 7 years, Ben has

been no stranger to getting into some kind of trouble. Each time, he

apologized and seemed remorseful but within weeks or months,

something came up again. According to Kiki, being with him has

made me age faster than I should; she says I look 10 years older than

I am!

“Hello! Earth to Laila Ocheng. Are you listening to me at all? You look

lost in space,” Kiki called.

I chuckled. “Oh, I’m sorry, Kiki. What did you say?”

“I said enough about Ben,” Kiki said. “So, I met this guy a few days

ago who asked me to go to lunch with him on Sunday. I agreed but I

made him promise to attend the 9 am service with me, first.” My best

friend suddenly jumped up began to dance in front of her mirror,

grinning from ear to ear. I couldn’t believe it!

“A ha!” I said. That’s why that silly smile was on your face earlier.”

She stopped dancing and chuckled. “Maybe,” she said.

“Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen you blush like this, Kiki,” I said

excitedly. “This must be something serious. How come you’re just

telling me about him?”

She looked at me in disbelief. “Uhm let’s see Laila, maybe because

you’re always going on and on about that loser… sorry, Ben. There

was no way I could tell you about… drumroll, please… Timothy.”

“Oh la la, Timothy,” I teased. “So, tell me all about him. I want to

know what he looks like and what he does. Oh wait, how did you

meet him?”

Kiki laughed. “Okay, Miss Lawyer. Slow down. I didn’t hear you ask

if he is born again. Shouldn’t that be one of your first concerns?” she

asked.

I took a sip of my drink on her dresser and rolled my eyes. “Yeah,

yeah, yeah. Men will always bring some kind of drama with them.”

Her smile faded as she stared at herself in the mirror. “No. Not this

one Laila,” she said. “I’ve been praying about him and watching him

and this looking good. Very promising.”

I walked over to her. “Praying about it? What for? That’s over the

top. Start the relationship first, girl.”

She kept her gaze in the mirror and said, “Oh no, missy. I would

rather be sure before stepping into a relationship that could lead to

marriage.”

I put my hands on my best friend’s shoulders. It was time to tell her

the truth. “Look Kiki,” I said. “I’ve invested 7 years of my life into my

relationship, hoping it’ll get somewhere. What makes you think that

yours will be so straightforward?

Kiki shoved me and walked back into the bathroom. “Where are all

these low blows coming from, Laila?” she asked raising her voice.

“I know you’re hurting but please give me a break. I made the

decision not to jump into any relationship until I am fully ready and I

shouldn’t be made to feel bad about that. Besides, I don’t need to be in

a relationship for 7 long years just to be sure.” She sighed. “I didn’t

say I was getting married to him tomorrow. It’s still the early stages

and I want to be sure before every step. Please don’t take your pain

out on me.”

“You’re right, Kiki. I’m sorry,” I said as I sat down on the bed. “So…

when do I get to meet him?”

“I’d rather you wait,” she answered. “I want to spend a bit of time

getting to know him better before I start introducing him to

everyone.” Kiki walked out of the bathroom with some nail polish

remover and cotton wool as she sat beside me.

I was staring at her in confusion. “Everyone?” I asked. “I didn’t know

I was in the category of ‘everyone’. That’s not right, Kiki. At least I

should meet him and tell you what I think.”

She took my right hand and began to clip my nails. “Laila, just relax.

You will meet him when the time is right. Don’t pressure me, okay?”

She looked at me. “Anyway, so where are we going for dinner? Can I

choose the restaurant?”

I stared at my hands. “Okay that’s fine; but what’s all this for? I didn’t

ask for a manicure,” I said while wriggling my free fingers.

Kiki released a hearty laugh. “First of all, because I’m a good friend,

secondly, your nails look like claws and this nail polish is chipping

off.” She grinned. “Thirdly, it’s time to change the subject, and

fourthly, I recommend we go to that brand new expensive Italian

restaurant downtown.”

I furrowed my brows. “Okay, that still doesn’t make sense. Why

exactly have you decided to give me a manicure, Kiki?”

Kiki began to recoat my nails with the same beautiful bright pink

colour already on them. “Well, because I also recommend that you

foot the bill tonight and I’m hoping that my act of love and service to

you will make it happen.”

I laughed out loudly.

Kiki picked up her cell phone and began to make a call. “I’ll take that

as an ‘okay’. It’s a good thing I have their number on speed dial.”

I shoved her lightly. “You, my friend are so sneaky,” I said as she

made a reservation for two.

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