January 16, 2018 at 2:52 pm #1163036
“So the famous Tobi Ademi can talk like
this.” She smiled.
“This is my house. I can talk however I
want.” He said quickly covering up his
She rolled her eyes. She knew he was trying
his best to stay away from her and not talk
to her but she wasn’t going to live in a
house and not talk to the only other person
“What about you?” He asked.
“How does it feel to be poor? Horrible,
thanks for asking.” She replied sarcastically.
“That’s one annoying thing about women.
Before you say one sentence, they have
replied with one paragraph.” He pointed out.
“Whatever. What did you want to ask?” She
asked biting her bottom lip. She prayed
silently that he won’t ask her about her
“How does it feel to be pregnant?”
“What?” He shrugged, his lips tugging into a
“Well… there’s a good part. It feels… weird.
You know, life is growing inside of me.
Another human, with a completely different
personality and way of thinking. Someone
else that would stand out in the world.
Sometimes I wonder how he or she-”
“Please refer to my child as a ‘she’.” He
said and she rolled her eyes.
“As I was saying, I wonder how she would
be. What she would grow up to be. If she
would look like me, or take your ugly face.”
She joked obviously lying about the last
“You check me out every morning.” He
replied with a famous smile.
Okay, not so famous since he only showed
it to her and Joseph.
“I just wonder how she would be like.”
Abena said, her voice sounding far off.
“Abena, you do realize that-.” Tobi started
“I know. Don’t say it.” She said quietly. She
knew this would happen, and she was just in
her third month. She was already forming a
bond with the unborn child.
Silence hung heavily in the air for a while.
“What about the bad part?” Tobi finally
She groaned and he burst into laughter. “I
puke a lot, I eat like an elephant, my clothes
are already getting tight, and I’m so fat! Not
to mention that in six months from now, I
would have to push a head probably this big,
through a hole this tiny!” She gestured with
“Or maybe two heads?” Tobi asked with a
“If I slap you ehn, you would see double.”
She threatened and he laughed again.
“It’s already almost three.” Tobi pointed out
after a while. “I should probably go to bed.”
She stood up and stretched not noticing that
Tobi’s gaze lingered on her back side longer
“Aren’t you going to clear where you ate?”
She picked her plate and cup, intentionally
leaving his behind, and walked to the
kitchen. She dumped them in the sink and
decided to wash them the next day.
“Don’t even think about leaving those there.”
Tobi warned stepping into the kitchen.
“I”ll wash it tomorrow.” She yawned not
bothering to cover her mouth. He ignored
her and pointed at the sink.
“I don’t like messes in my house Abena.”
“It’s just a plate and cup. Your whole house
is still perfectly perfect. Like no one lives
here. Don’t worry.” She said dramatically
and started walking towards the stairs.0January 16, 2018 at 2:55 pm #1163037
“Abena. Don’t you walk away from me.
Come back this instant and tidy up this
“You’ll get old fast if you keep talking and
acting like that.” She replied still walking
He groaned in frustration. He liked things in
a particular way. Why was she messing that
“Abena how many -”
Abena froze when she saw Tobi enter her
room, without knocking. She was just
stepping out of the bathroom with a towel
wrapped tightly around her.
“Didn’t your mother teach you how to
knock?” She snapped.
“It’s my house, I can do whatever it is that I
want.” He replied dryly.
“Abeg abeg, shut up jare. We get it, it’s your
overpriced house. But this is my room.” She
walked closer to him angrily. “In this room,
everything goes the way I want, its not part
of your house, as long as I’m here. Do you
get it?” She said raising her voice a few
His jaw dropped but he quickly masked his
surprise with a frown. “Watch your mouth.”
“Next time, knock.” She pointed at him.
“Everything must go the way I want it to go
Abena. If you don’t want me to barge into
your room, lock the d--n door.” He said
while she bent down to pick a banana peel.
“Why are there banana peels lying in the
“I woke up early this morning hungry so I
went to the kitchen and ate bananas as I
walked.” She said slowly.
“I have a dustbin for a reason Abena.” He
“It’s just a small mess. You could practically
pick it up and the kitchen would still be
spotless.” She shouted back.
“Why are you so d--n annoying?” He
“Why are you such a control freak?” She
spat out, glaring at him.
“And why do you have such a nice ass?” He
blurted out to her utmost surprise.
Her mouth opened slightly and he froze.
They stared at each other for a few seconds
before he cleared his throat.
“Dont leave banana peels around again.” He
said calmly before leaving. Still in surprise,
Abena locked the door before removing her
As she walked down the stairs a couple of
minutes after, Tobi was leaning on a couch
already dressed for work.
“Look I’m sorry I’m messy alright. I’m used
to dropping things around so-”
“Like your bra?” He asked pointing to the
black bra on the couch in the space she sat
earlier in the morning.
“I forgot it there.” She said sheepishly.
“Just keep my house clean.” He warned and
she nodded with a strained smile.
“Yes sir. I won’t leave banana peels around
They were interrupted by the sound of
something breaking. Tobi fumed with anger
while Abena looked surprised. She had just
dropped a vase on the floor.
“I’m so sorry. It was a mistake. You can
deduct it from the next payment.” She
quickly said as she bent down to pick up the
“Are you crazy?” He groaned helping her
stand up, trying to avoid her stomach. Her
fingers were bleeding from the broken
pieces that she touched.
“Do you know how important every single
drop of blood is for my baby?” He asked as
he led her to the sink.
As he washed her hands, she began to sob
quietly. “I’m sorry. I’m such a mess. I don’t
know why I’m even crying. Or why I’m
dropping things everywhere. And forgetting
to do things. I’m sorry.” She said quietly.0January 16, 2018 at 3:07 pm #1163045jimmartinsMember
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Hmmmhmmm0January 17, 2018 at 8:16 am #1163348
He turned her around to face him and
planted a kiss on her forehead, to her
utmost surprise. “Take care. I have to go to
work.” He just said before leaving her in the
“She loved her. She name the puppy Blaze.
God, you should have seen her face when I
got her the puppy. I knew it was an amazing
idea.” Joseph grinned, telling Tobi about his
anniversary with Dera.
They were sitting in the conference room
waiting for some investors that were stuck
“That sounds like Dera.” Tobi replied,
attempting to smile, but his friend didn’t
notice his mood.
“And we’ve been married for six years. God!
I feel so old.” Joseph chuckled.
“You are.” Tobi simply said.
“What’s wrong? I know it’s not about this
deal we’re about to close because you
always get what you want.” Joseph pointed
“It’s Abena.” Tobi groaned in frustration.
“Ohh. You’re in love with her?” Joseph
“There’s something wrong with you.” Tobi
glared at his friend who in response, gave
him a shrug.
“We always fight. And I’m trying so hard to
not fight with her because she’s pregnant
and she has mood swings and I don’t want
her to get depressed and all that, but she
does every single thing wrong.” Tobi
“I like her. With everything you tell me, you
can tell that she lives in the moment. Unlike
you. You guys would be good for each
other.” Joseph smiled while reading
skimming through a document.
“For the millionth time, she’s not my type!”
Tobi snapped. “And what do you mean by I
don’t live in the moment. I live in the
moment.” Tobi stated, though it sounded
like he was trying to convince himself rather
than convince his friend.
Joseph gave Tobi a look that said: ‘yeah
“No you don’t. You arrange every aspect of
your life, even your one night stands!”
“Well I have to control the outcome of every
situation.” Tobi said.
“No you don’t. Learn to live a little without
planning what would happen after. From my
point of view, you’re definitely losing control
with this Abena thing.” Joseph replied.
Tobi groaned in response.
“Just be nice to her. She’s pregnant for you,
and she’s doing it for money, so it’s eating
her up. Be nice to the girl and stop being
such an ogre.”
Tobi was about to respond when Funmi
opened the door slightly, showing only her
“The investors are here.”
Tobi nodded and stood up. “What are you
doing this weekend?” He asked Joseph.
“Going to Osun. I have a case to settle
“Tami is supposed to come over.”
“An actress.” Tobi explained with a chuckle.
“And you’re taking her to your house, with
Abena there?” Joseph asked, lifting an
“I really haven’t thought about that.” Tobi
replied, his smile suddenly disappearing.
As they walked out of the room to welcome
the investors, Joseph whispered, “You know
for a billionaire, sometimes, you’re just
Abena couldn’t stop thinking about the fact
that Tobi kissed her forehead. And when she
realised that she was thinking about it, she
stopped herself from thinking about it and
started thinking about the fact that she was
thinking about it.0January 17, 2018 at 8:18 am #1163351
She was in the indoor pool, wearing a bra
and a pair of Tobi’s boxer shorts that she
She knew why she was a mess lately, apart
from the disadvantages of being pregnant,
she couldn’t stop thinking about the one in
the hospital. She had finally paid the
hospital some amount of money to get
started, so a small part of her was relieved.
But she still had a bad feeling about her
step mother and whatever she could be up
Her thoughts were interrupted by the sound
of a phone ringing.
The house phone.
She got out of the pool and got a towel.
She walked into the main house, the phone
was still ringing. She contemplated on
whether to pick it or not. Shrugging, she
picked the phone.
“Hello. Tobi Ademi’s residence.” She said in
a sickly sweet voice.
“Please tell Tobi that he shouldn’t forget
that Tami’s coming over for the weekend.
And that I’m bringing his favorite lingerie.”
She heard a woman say rudely.
Ignoring the tightening in her chest, she
replied in her most professional voice. “I’ll
make sure he gets the message.”
“Good. Who are you anyway?”
“Just the help.” Abena replied and the girl,
Tami, hung up.
Abena scolded herself for being foolish. Of
course yes he was bringing a girl home,
what did she think.
She just had a little crush on him, but now
it’s all gone.
At least that’s what she told herself.
“Abena. I’m ho-.” Tobi stopped shouting
when he saw Abena was just in the sitting
room watching a movie.
She turned around and gave him a smile. He
lifted an eyebrow in surprise, why was she
“How was work?” Abena asked.
“Fine. As usual.” Tobi said slowly.
“Good.” She said and turned back to the tv.
He shrugged and walked towards the stairs.
“Oh, and Tami called. Said something about
bringing your favorite lingerie.” He heard her
“Oh.” He turned around looked at her.
“You should have at least said something.
Do you think I would be comfortable staying
in the house, while you guys do your
business?” She asked, still surprisingly calm.
“Sorry. I forgot. I was going to tell you, or
even cancel.” He apologized.
“No need to apologize. Its not like I own the
house or anything. Where am I supposed to
stay while you check out Tami’s lingerie?”
She asked sweetly. He winced at her words.
“I was going to set you up in a house in the
estate for the weekend.” He replied.
“Can I stay there till I deliver?” She asked
hopefully. The faster she went away from
him, the faster her crush on him would die
“No. I have to keep an eye on you.” He said
“Before you didn’t even want me in your
house, now you want to keep an eye on
me?” She retorted.
“Abena. Please. Not now.” He said and
walked up the stairs ignoring her yelling at
A few minutes after, he rushed back
downstairs still wearing his office clothes.
He was frantically searching for something
and there was fear written all over his face.
Abena jumped up from her seat and turned
towards him, worry written across her face.
“What’s the problem?” She asked.
“My car keys. I need my car keys. Where
are they?” He asked still searching, throwing
the pillows on the chairs away.
“Relax Tobi.” She said touching his
shoulders and looking at his face.
“Your car keys are where you always keep
them, hung on that hangy-thingy. What’s the
problem?” She asked slowly.
“It’s Joseph. The hospital called.” He said in
a shaky voice. “He was in an accident.”0January 17, 2018 at 8:19 am #1163352
Tobi ran out of the house faster than the
speed of light. Abena had insisted to follow
him, and since he was in a hurry, he had no
time to argue with her.
There was only one person on his mind, his
Abena walked into the car as quickly as she
could, wearing a pair of shorts, an oversized
shirt and flip flops. She fastened her
seatbelt and frowned at Tobi when he began
driving without strapping his seatbelt on.
“Tobi. Your seatbelt.” She said cautiously.
He ignored her, fire burning in his eyes, as
he gripped on the steering and continued to
drive, passing a red light.
“I know you’re upset, but can you please
fasten your seatbelt.” She said again.
“Can you please, shut the hell up.” He
“I have no time for seatbelts right now
Abena. If you’re going to keep talking, I’m
not going to hesitate to drop you right here,
by the side of the road.” He spat out, anger
and fear flowing with each word.
“I understand that you’re upset, but if we
have an accident right now, with your
reckless driving, you would probably suffer
the most, because you have no seatbelt on,
and if you don’t care about me or yourself,
can you at least care about your baby!” She
shouted and he abruptly stopped the car.
Regret visible in his eyes, he strapped his
seatbelt slowly, ignoring the insults and
glares he got from other drivers.
He started the car again, driving more
carefully. Fast, but carefully.
Abena’s breath became even and she stared
out of the window, because she couldn’t
bear to stare at him
“I’m sorry. I just-. Joseph is like-.” He
attempted to say something but his voice
broke and his eyes flickered towards her
and back to the road.
“You don’t have to tell me anything. Just
drive. Let’s go see how he’s doing.” She
reassured him, touching his hand lightly. He
visibly relaxed and she smiled.
They drove in near silence, while Tobi
struggled to fight back the tears that
threatened to fall, while Abena reassured
him continually that everything would be
alright, although she had no idea if it would
She knew however, that she understood his
The fear of losing someone you love.
Especially when it was unexpected.
Abena followed Tobi into the hospital, as
fast as she could. She pushed back the
memories she had of such a place,
reminding her self that she was there for
Tobi, not to reminisce on her unattractive
She slump wearily on one of the
uncomfortable chairs in the waiting area,
trying to ignore her stomachs request for
food. It would be odd for her to ask for food
while he was worried about his best friend.
Tobi walked to Dera and immediately she
saw him, she started crying again. He
engulfed her into a hug, assuring her that it
was going to be okay, when he wasn’t even
“Where are the children?” He whispered as
though they were sharing a secret.
“With Joseph’s mum. I couldn’t bring them, I
just couldn’t.” Her voice broke and she
started to cry again.
They waited for what seemed like hours.
Abena dozing on the chair, Tobi pacing like
a madman, not noticing that Abena’s
sleeping position was likely to give her a
back ache; and Dera, occasionally calling
her mother-in-law to make sure her children
were doing fine.+1
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