So wat in God’s name happen next huh..? Nxt pls..
The thought of Jane occupied my mind for the rest of that day cuz its been long since I last saw her;especially, the fact that led to our not-seeing-each-other!
I did a lot of digging within me,trying to find a way I was gonna use to travel to Owerri to go and see her.Our school has closed for the semester,so no-school-lies will bail me out. At some point,my mind just told me to relax and forget about any thoughts,with the assurance that something better will surely come up.
I have missed Jane!
“Finally!” I said.
“Why did you do it?” Pretty replied.
“You mean why I stopped you from unintentionally killing yourself that day?” I inquired.
“Yes!” She replied.
“Is that what we are actually supposed to be discussing?” I asked her.
“You just don’t understand, do you?” She asked.
” Am still trying to make sense of everything you know? I close my eyes,the next thing is you. I see you in everything I now do.Its like am being haunted. And all this started that day I saved you.
Why not make me understand?” I replied her.
I could see a feeling of empathy as well as sympathy written all over her face even in her hallowed insistence of appearing tough-faced.
“I will come to you later.By then, I will explain certain things to you.Till then,avoid going near anything water(pools,streams,etc).” She said.
“What?” I shouted,even though it was not my intention to do so.
“Goodbye!” She said and in my amazement, I opened my eyes only to realise I have been dreaming.
Was it really a dream? Or was it made to appear as a dream to me?
I didn’t really know the answer to the above questions, but one thing I was certain of is the fact that I’m being haunted and the reason for the haunting eludes me!
I thought it through,but I found out that there was nothing else I could except sit and wait for Pretty to come back as she promised she would..And that’s that!
The next day, I put a call through to Jane:
“Odii or Michael,which one do you answer now?” Jane said as soon as she picked my call.
“Anyone you choose is okay by me.” I said.
“I don’t think I can come to Owerri and sleep over,but…” I stopped.
“Why not? Have you now forgotten how to conjure up truthful lies as usual?” She said,mocking as well as seriously concerned.
” Well,I could come,but I would still go back that day;and knowing you fully well,I know u won’t like it that way.You know,I no longer have those my childhood privileges then,things have changed.” I ended.
“You are not saying anything?” I queried calmly.
“Do u want me to come to Aba?” She said.
“Yes.I would love you to!” I replied.
” Okay.I will come tomorrow then!” She said.
“Tomorrow?” I said out loud.
“Are u going somewhere else tomorrow?” She questioned.
“No. no. Its just that its just all of a sudden. Anyway,what should I keep for you?” I inquired.
“Keep yourself for me!” She replied immediately, and started laughing,ending the call in the process!
Ebenezer have earlier told me he was going to travel back to Rivers state on Thursday,but he deferred it,and travelled instead on Friday morning.
His place of abode was my only hope(if you understand what I mean).
Towards 10:00am,Jane called me:
“Am at Brass junction,where are u?” She inquired.
“Now now? Just wait somewhere,I will be there in a jiffy!” I replied.
“Okay!” She retorted and cut the call.
Damn! Things were happening so fast, faster than ever.
I knew Jane was coming, but hell,this was too sudden. Not really sudden,but too early and as I would love to say,unexpectedly unexpected!
With many stuffs still going through my mind,I started hearing those thoughts again,thoughts of Pretty filled my head as the keke I chartered from the road adjoining my street to Brass breezed through Eziukwu road and joined Aba/owerri road.All throughout my thinking, the only explicitly clear was the fact that “I was not gonna go home happy after meeting Jane!”. I took it that someone must be getting jealous and unhappy or that someone really didn’t want to see me happy… Whichever one,I placed them where they rightly belonged, in the figment of my imagination, the part where Pretty has vehemently relapsed to preying on!
I alighted from the keke as soon as I reached Brass,and is customary for most people,I searched around first with my eyes before calling her.
She told me she is inside the mtn Customer care center around that place as soon as I called her.
As I walked on to that place,memories began to overcome me,memories of Jane and I.It even made me remember that it has not really been that long,even though it has been long,that we last saw;and the most painful part of this pain filled memories is the manner in which we were separated.
Well,one thing is clear,we have a lot to discuss.
I was still having this thoughts in my mind,probably lost to them,when I heard my name:
As I looked up straight, there was Jane coming out elegantly,and appeared ravishingly with her normal laugh brimming and shining all over face,and is customary of her,she called me:
Which means “bad boy” when u translate it literally,but whose meaning don’t really mean what it appears to interpret!
I couldn’t help but hug her tightly,even though I rarely hug females,to her own bewilderment.
I held her hand very tightly and led the walk as she followed me smiling, walking very close to me and I could see peeps peeping at us..and I didn’t give a damn!
“So where are we going? Are u taking me to your peoples house?” She inquired.
“Do you want me to take you there?” I asked.
“Nope!” She said.
“Okay ooo.we are going to my second place!” I said.
“So,you don’t want to take me to a hotel?” She inquired.
“Hian! Hotel kwa? Well,probably as the last choice.But,as at now,nothing really dey!” I replied.
There are people you can lie to and there are people you can’t.You just have to say it as it is cuz they don’t mind.They know you,you know them,and nothing can ever go wrong from you saying your mind…..Just don’t lie to them!
“I want us to go to a hotel Odii.” She required of me exclusively.
Well,I obliged.Some things are better left unsaid. Since she wanted a hotel, I didn’t bother about the money cuz she was gonna foot the bill.
“Wait wait wait.” I found myself saying as soon as we entered the hotel room she booked for us in that City Global hotel.
“Wait what?” She asked.
“We just entered now,we have not even talked and ….” I didn’t finish before she cut me short:
“We will talk!”.
Upon completion of that sentence,I didn’t even realise how fast I got myself entangled with Jane’s body as she gently made me lower myself upon the edge of the bed and then gently made me readjust myself so that she gracefully was relaxed on top of my body as we kissed hungrily like two starved hyenas.
She removed her mouth from mine,and her entire body followed suit.
Before one could say jack-the-ripper,Jane has totally undressed,and she looked at me as I kept smiling and literally forgotten that I was still in my clothes myself.
She did that thing,yes,that biting of lips thing,and in that moment,I didn’t know whether it was that she was me-starved or s*x-starved.
But whichever one,one thing is clear though, am the one now stalling!