“Am really very serious, I didn’t call you!” I replied again.
” I guess of all people in the world,your voice is what I can’t remember again?” She Added:
“If this is one of those your jokes, stop it now Odii” she mused.
“Okay,okay am sorry.” I said,and then inputted:
“I just wanted to make sure you will be happy,very very happy with him!” I said.
“Oh dear.Stop worrying about me okay,I will be fine.” She said.
“Well,that’s reassuring!” I told her.
“Hope am free to call from time to time?” I asked further.
“Of course.In fact,if you don’t call me as you use to,I will deal with you” she joked.
“Yes madam!” I replied.
“Alright,take care” she said and cut the call.
It was her call that made me happy again that day as I remember quite vividly that I slept for almost 9hrs+ tops,uninterrupted and like a babe.I have never slept better and more peaceful..But then,it also amazed me at how I was able to turn around whatever it is that pretty did that had to make Jane have some thoughts,serious thoughts!
* * *
Two days later,more accurately, the Sunday, I got a text in the morning from Pretty telling me how much she has missed me already.
I replied her back asking why she didn’t visit again as she normally does previously and she was of the opinion that she has hurt me enough.She went further to state that any other person would have run away or went for a deliverance for some silly binding and casting; but me,I like being stubborn as if I always have a point to prove.
I asked her if it turns her off sometimes ,and she said that that’s why she is still stuck with me.
“Did you say that to make me soften ?” I asked her.
“If it did make you soften,that’s a good omen for me then.” She simply said,playing on my intelligence.
” Do you want Me to come today?” I asked her.
“Since that incident that day,this had been my only wish as minutes and hours pass by!” She said.
“Hahhhahhhaaaa!” I laughed heavily,and then inputted:
“You know how to make me soften and melt!”
” What should I keep for you?” She asked me.
“Everything you have,especially, your self.” I answered.
“That’s simple then.its done already!” She said.
“Okay.But when I come,you will answer me a question I will ask you?” I replied back to her.
“As long as it will make you happy,I will gladly do it okay!” She said.
“I Love you!” I replied her.
“What I have for you is more than Love!” She uttered….
“I will make us have a day you will hate to forget today when you come.” She said.
“No problem then!” I calmly replied her..
Already as I chatted with Pretty,I noticed that my mum has come out as usual to prepare for her Sunday morning mass going.
I used that opportunity to come out and inform her that a coursemate of mine invited me to his church cuz of one program like that,and that I will be going there instead with my returning probably billed to be towards evening time..As I expected, she okayed the going, only that am not going to any church program whatsoever, I was going to drill Pretty real hard!
* * *
At around 8:30am,after eating,I dressed up and headed straight to her house. I met that guy again,and for the second time,he approached me, but in a more cordial way this time around(probably cuz he was neatly dressed and probably going to church) and we Shaked hands and greeted like two responsible fellas..
With my face filled with that “askance” look,he proceeded to tell me what exactly she has in mind thus:
“Guy,you should really stay away from that girl” he told me pleadingly.
“Why should I do that?” I asked him.
“That girl is not your normal girl,she is something of a mami-wata ” he quipped.
“And you know this how?” I asked.
“I just told you this in the spirit of a fellow tribesman” he said.
” No,that’s not why you are telling me!” I concluded and proceeded to leave his presence but,he called me back.
” Have you ever wondered why all this while you have been visiting, nobody else visits her? Has she ever received a call or called any other person in your presence?” He queried me.
“Here,let me let you in on some secrets bro;Fathai maybe many things,but being whatever you have in mind is not one of them.. And secondly,I strongly believe you are jealous of me” I concluded,with the wicked intention of provoking him.
“Don’t say i didn’t warn you!” He said and we both went on opposite directions..
I reached Pretty’s house and as I was about to knock,she opened the door.
“I could feel you from afar” she said,smiling…. I smiled too.
I went and relaxed on the bed.There was light and as fate will have it,we both have the same taste and interest in almost everything;with music at the top of it all.
“You know,I saw our mutual friend again,and he was telling me something about you!” I said.
If I didn’t know any better,I would have said that Pretty would be shocked to hear such,but she wasn’t.Instead,she asked me:
“What did he say this time around?”
“Well,she was telling me to stay away from you,that you some sort of mami-wata” I answered.
We both laughed to this.
But why was I actually laughing? I didn’t even know any better,and its not like Pretty was telling me the truth about herself either.The dude must have reached that conclusion because Pretty must have giving him reason to believe so; or at least that’s the most reasonable logical sense to make out of it all…and yet I couldn’t stop laughing..
” So,you said you will make today one of the best days of my life?” I asked,cutting off our laugh.
“Yes!” She replied.
” What do you have planned then?” I asked further.
“Well,its started already” she said and continued:
” I have never seen you laugh so happily like this ever since I met you!” She replied.
“Hmm!” That was all i could mutter.
All of a sudden,I started smiling.
” I assure you,today is going to be a great day!” She said.
“Well,that’s okay.But first,you have to answer me two questions I have in mind.You promised to answer them remember?” I said.
She smiled and replied:
“I even thought that you have forgotten that.But,as you have remembered it,ask on” she encouraged.
“Promise to tell me the truth even if the truth will hurt me or make you think I might hate you.Just ell me the truth,will you?” I asked of fro her.
“I can do that” she answered me after a brief silence.
Looking straight into her eyes as she sat directly in front of me,I asked her:
“What exactly are doing with me?”