I went to his house on Saturday morning expecting the worse. I got there and sat in the sitting room like a complete stranger. He was in his room upstairs, so I waited for him to come downstairs, he knew I was around.
He joined me in the sitting room and sat directly opposite where I was sitting.
“Hi” I said
“ How was your week?” He asked
“Fine and yours?”
“Not bad. You didn’t bother to call me during the week” he said coldly.
“I thought you needed some time to your self. So I decided to give you some space”
“I’m hungry” he said
I wonder what that statement had to do with me, So I kept quiet.
“I said I’m hungry, I want you to cook for me” he said sternly.
“Daniel, did you asked me to come here just to cook, I think we have more pressing issues to discuss”
“Oh! I’m now Daniel? I can’t remember the last time you call me Daniel”
“Sorry, I mean….
He ignored me and went upstairs, he came back with his wallet. He opened it and counted 10 #1000 notes and handed it to me.
“Here is #10,000 buy all the necessary ingredients you need”
“What ingredients?” I asked still surprised at his drama.
“I want pounded yam and vegetable soup”
“Pounded yam!” I wonder what game he’s trying to play here.
“Daniella don’t just stand there, it’s almost noon, I haven’t taken anything today”
“What kind of a man is this for God sake, we are in the middle of crisis and all his asking for his food” I thought.
“I can’t pound” I said
“That’s a lie, the last time I came to your house, I met you and one of your siblings pounding”
You can get an Ekiti man out of Ekiti but you cannot get Ekiti out of him. I wonder why they love pounded yam so much.
“There’s no mortal” I said
“My gateman, Papilo got one for me yesterday” he grinned.
“So this is actually not a joke, so you already have a mortal in this house ” I said and I almost curse that gateman of his.
“The car keys is upstairs, go get it and take the car with you” he said and switched on the plasma TV
“I’ll take a cab” I said annoyingly. Imagine he went upstairs to get his wallet and couldn’t bring the keys along with him.
“Your choice” he said.
I just pick my purse and phone from my handbag and left.
I came an hour and half later, I met him watching a football match. I went to the kitchen hoping he’ll join me but he did not. I can not come and kill myself, so I called the gate man.
“Papilo!” I called out
“Ma I’m coming ma” he answered.
I ordered him to lock the gate and join me in the kitchen. Shebi he knows how to buy mortal right. I even thought Daniel will send him back to his post but he said nothing.
I set the dinning when I was through. I checked the time, 2:45pm. I told him I was through.
He settled down on the dinning. I turned back to leave the dinning when he called me.
“Daniella, where are you going won’t you eat?”
“I did not make provision for myself, I only pounded two wraps and I’ve served your gate man the other wrap”
“And why is that”
“Dee, I’m not here to eat”
“Really! So what are you here for, come back here and sit, we’ll eat this together”
There’s no point arguing with him, he won’t let me be if I don’t join him. And more so I want to know where all this stunt he’s pulling is heading.
#Every Saint had a past and every Sinner has a Future #
I sat down besides him and he portioned the pounded yam into two. We started eating quietly.
“Your ex boyfriend came to the office some days ago”
“He did what!” I exclaimed almost throwing out the lump of pounded yam in my mouth”
“He actually came to gave me a warning”
“To leave her girlfriend alone of course”
“Tunde has finally gone crazy, who is his girlfriend?”
“He told me about the abortion too and I told him that’s a stale news”
“God!” I said with my head bowed.
“Its okay, that’s bygone now”
“I’m sorry for the embarrassment, hope he didn’t make a scene at the office?”
“He tried to, but I was quick to call the securities on him”
“I’m so sorry”
“Daniella, I was angry not just because of the abortion but because you couldn’t trust me enough to tell me”
“I was planning to tell you before He even show up, but it was just hard for me to say”
“Daniella, you should thank your star that you are smart enough to tell me before that guy, cos if that guy approached me first, then it’s over between us”
“Do you mean that?”
“Yes, I mean it.That’s why I told you to tell me if there’s anything I need to know”
“I’m sorry sweetheart, I promise to always be transparent. So are we good now?”
“No we are not, you’ll have to make me dinner with this delicious egusi soup before you leave” he said smiling.
“So this pounding of yam is one of my punishment right”
“Yes or do you want me to increase the punishment?”
“Daniel thank you for accepting me for who I am”
“Baby! You already know I love you, It’s your past and I can’t dwell on it. We have a whole future ahead of us”
“I love you sweetheart and I promise not to disappoint you again” I couldn’t help but cry he was just too sweet.
“I love you more, don’t cry we are good now” He said.
“This is our first fight, right?”
“Yes” I nodded
“Huh! It wasn’t good, you took my heart away with you the day you left my office”
“Same here, I thought I won’t survive it” I said
“So no more fight, whatever issues we have we’ll trash it out immediately, hun!”
“In sere o! thank you for the delicious meal” he said
“Did you just speak in Ekiti, Mr! you are unbelievable” I said surprisingly
“I understand little” he said smiling.
“Your grandma? I guess”
I cleared the dishes, this time he joined me in the kitchen.
We went back to the sitting room, we started talking, he told me everything that happened during the week. He got another contract from a multinational company in Lagos.
I also gave him the gist about Tunde and his girlfriend who absconded with his money.
“Dance with me” he said and pulled me up.
“Sure” I said smiling.
He reduced the volume of the TV and played a track by Ed sheeran- Thinking out Loud on his sound system.
He held me in his arms as we dance slowly to the rhythm of the song.
….And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Well, me—I fall in love with you every single day
And I just wanna tell you I am
So, honey, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Oh, darling, place your head on my beating heart
I’m thinking out loud
But maybe we found love right where we are
Oh, baby, we found love right where we are……
He kissed me passionately, I kissed him back in tears. Finally I found love” I said to myself.
“I love you from the very first day I heard your voice” he said and wipe my tears with his palm” he said
“I love you from the very first day I set my eyes on you” I confessed.
And that is the truth, I bottled it up all this while. Yes, I fell in love with him the very day I laid my eyes on him.