“This gown is perfect” Sonia exclaimed as she
hurriedly held out the wedding gown that
caught her fancy in the extremely large room
filled with gowns.
Jessica sighed exhaustedly. “You can’t obviously
expect me to wear that?”
“And what is wrong with this one again ooo”
Paulina asked, equally exhausted.
“Yes, tell us what is wrong with it. Even though I
don’t like the design at the back, I can’t wait for
you to make your choice. We have been in this
dress shop for hours” Lizzy scolded.
“And every cloth you guys have been pointing
out is either too showy or too expensive” Jessica
Lizzy stood in front of Jessica. “You are dulling
my spirit honey. You are getting married to the
richest and most famous guy in this blessed
country of ours and you are lamenting money?
He gave you his MasterCard for crying out loud”
“So? Am I supposed to drain the account all in
the name of a wedding dress?”
Sonia stepped in. “I agree with Jessica” Jessie
smiled. “We can’t overspend just because the guy
is rich”. Lizzy hissed
“All the same, no gown here is expensive enough
to catch his notice. I mean, come on, this gown is
not even up to 150, 000 Naira” Paulina said in
“I agree with Paulina” Sonia said.
Jessica shook her head. Of all her friends, Sonia
was closest to her. Jessica believed that no
matter how many friends you have, you would
always have a best friend, or at least someone
who was closer to you than the others. Sonia
always played it safe. She is not the arguing type
but when it came to advice or a good listener,
Sonia was impeccable. She would reason with
you and carefully try to make her point without
an argument. Lizzy was the fashion freak that
could use her last penny to buy what was in
vogue, as long as it fits her perfectly. Paulina was
the one with the attributes of a mother. She
babied and bullied everyone into doing her will
but she could never really exert her controlling
power on them; especially not on Jessica.
Jessica was the most stubborn. Once she made up
her mind, it takes only God and divine
intervention to change it. The only way her
three close friends ever succeeded in
manipulating her is if they joined forces. Her
stubborn nature was the reason why they still
have not picked a wedding dress for the
wedding that would hold in two weeks time.
Lizzy was busy sampling other dresses while the
others continued to argue.
“What is wrong with the ones I selected?” Jessica
“No… I surely would not best you if you wear
any of those” Sonia said with her eyes wide.
“Your fashion sense is totally out of league. I am
sure no one would have agreed to wear those
ridiculous dresses in the year 1789. Do you know
the dignitaries that would be present at the
wedding? I would definitely not miss handshakes
and photographs with governors. You need to
look presentable enough my dear, if you are
going to be marrying Andy Williams. He is every
woman’s dream”. Paulina had dreamy eyes.
“Why don’t you marry him instead? I am so tired
“Oh really? I am so grateful honey” Paulina
“I always knew you liked her more than me. Why
did you not give him to me?” Sonia asked with
sad, accusing eyes.
Jessica hissed. “See the people I call my friends”
she shook her head.
“Hey lazy bones” Lizzy called, out of sight. “Get
your butts down here. I got the hottest gown
here and I am not taking ‘no’ for an answer”
The girls walked there even though Jessica was
reluctant, knowing that whatever caught Lizzy’s
fancy would not please her. Paulina and Sonia
gasped when they saw the gown. Jessica’s breath
was blown away as she stared at the gown. It was
the most beautiful gown she had ever set her
eyes on. She hid her interest in it and noticed
what she had suspected. The gown needed no
jacket, unlike most of the tubes she had seen. It
was a tube with a transparent net finishing which
gave it small hands, although sleeveless. The
design of the gown from the net beginning to
the stylish finishing was so breathtaking but the
gown was too exposing to Jessica.
“I can’t” she finally said and they all turned
stunned eyes at her.
“OK, listen bride, you are going to wear this
gown whether you like it or not. What is wrong
with it?” Lizzy was clearly angry.
“The net” Jessica said flatly.
“What?” Sonia exclaimed.
“You can’t be serious” Paulina said
Jessica caught sight of the price tag and her eyes
widened. “It is also too damn expensive”. The
three friends turned glaring eyes at her and from
the look on their faces; Jessica Adams knew that
she had been boxed into a corner.
Jessica Adams stood at the entrance of the
overcrowded hall, feeling like an exposed rabbit.
Her uncle had her hand tucked in his elbow and
the music was being sung softly but Jessica heard
nothing. She felt a chilling fear in her spine that
something would go wrong. As her eyes took in
dignitaries as they stared at her, she felt
incredibly small. The gown which she had been
forced to buy by her friends now seemed like a
big consolation and life-saver because it made
her look important and rich.
Rich? She swallowed. How could she be marrying
Andy Williams? He was not just rich, he was
exceedingly rich. Apart from the wealth of his
father, Andy was the owner of Max Petroleum
which had uncountable branches all over the
country. It was not surprising that he was that
established at 35; he was born into a wealthy
family and once there is money, anything is
Jessica stared straight at the altar and saw Andy
with his back to her. Slowly, as if noticing
everyone’s diverted attention, he turned round.
Jessica who had been standing rooted to the
ground seemed to freeze the more. If there was
one man who had the most compelling and
breath-taking physical appearance, it was Andy
Williams. He was exceedingly handsome with an
arrogant air in his stance. He always stood with
so much confidence that Jessica wondered if
anything could shake him. The black suit he
wore did nothing to hide his muscular body;
instead, the suit emphasized his financial status.
When Jessica’s uncle tugged at her hand, she
instantly snapped out of her thoughts. He smiled
at her and they started moving towards the altar
while various photographers snapped away.
Looking at Andy at the altar should make her
want to run to him but instead; she wanted to
run away; far away. Jessie, what is wrong with
you? She asked herself. Her uncle tightened his
grip on her hand, noticing her nervous state; he
smiled at her. Jessica had lost her family – father,
mother and brother – in a car accident when she
was eleven. Life had not been the same since
then for her. Her father’s brother and his wife
had been the ones to take her in when every
other person in the family deserted her. Even
though they always struggled to eat on a daily
basis, they ensured that they took care of her.
Jessica’s joy had known no bounds when God
answered the couple’s prayers with a baby boy.
She suddenly found herself standing opposite
Andy who seemed not to be able to take in what
he was seeing.
“It’s the gown right?” she asked nervously.
“Uhn?” he instantly snapped out of his thoughts.
“You look erm… very ravishing” he said. Jessica
blushed instantly. “You are nervous?” he seemed
“Shouldn’t I? Everyone has their eyes fixed on
me and I feel like a dripping cat”
Andy laughed and looked like he was about to
say something but he swallowed his words. He
took her hand and they faced the church.
“Andy Williams, do you take Jessica Adams to be
your wife? To love and cherish her until death
do you part?” The pastor asked.
“Yes, I do” Andy replied without hesitation and
the cheers in the church was deafening.
“Jessica Adams, do you take Andy Williams to be
your husband? To love and to respect him, till
death do you part?”
Everyone seemed to hold their breath, or was
Jessica just imagining it? Only one thought came
to her mind and her answer was decided. “Yes, I
The applause went out.
“Do we have anyone who has any reason why
these two should not be married? If so, speak
now or forever hold your peace” The pastor said
and everyone started turning heads. The
question was repeated again but no one
signified. The wedding rings were brought
The pastor faced Andy, giving him a ring. “Now,
repeat after me: I……”
The vows were exchanged between them and
the rings were slipped into their fingers. After a
simple kiss, they were pronounced husband and
Contrary to the thoughts of Jessica’s friends that
Jessica would be spending her honeymoon in
one of the most beautiful countries in the world,
Jessica ended up spending it in Nigeria. As the
driver drove Jessica and Andy to a beach house,
the silence in the car was so uncomfortable.
Jessica later dozed off, giving in to sleep after a
very stressful wedding. Andy woke her up when
they got to the beach house and the first sight
she saw was both heavenly and frightening. She
had heard of the beach and had also seen it on
the TV but she had never been to one. Looking
at it now, she was scared that the water would
carry her away if she moved an inch closer to it
but she surely wanted to play inside it. She had
always loved water and seeing the beach was like
an irresistible invitation.
“You like the beach” Andy said, knowingly.
“I love it” she breathed.
They walked to the beach house and as they
went, it became increasingly difficult for Jessica
to walk on the sand with her shoes, so she took
them off, feeling the cool sand with her bare
feet. She admitted her exhaustion when she
entered the house and although the only
thought in her mind was a warm bath and a cool
mattress, she still appreciated the luxurious
house. It was so beautiful and everything in the
houses spoke of Andy’s financial status.
“This place is so beautiful” she said. Despite her
tiredness, she was incredibly aware of Andy. He
had removed his suit jacket and his shirt hugged
his muscular body so firmly that she itched to
touch him. She had always thought that rich men
should be fat, due to the loads of garbage they
eat on a daily basis but Andy was very hefty. He
looked like a model that spent most of his time
in the gym, gathering muscles. He was not a
talkative but she noticed that he had been
incredibly quiet. Perhaps that comes with being
married because she was also quiet.
Andy showed her the bedroom and she walked
in, only to find that he was not following. She
was happy because she needed some privacy in
order to shower and change her clothes. All the
things she might need were in the room already,
including her boxes of clothes. As she showered,
she scrubbed her body, hoping to erase the
thoughts that were flooding her head. Back in
the room, she mopped her body dry and wore a
long oversized gown. The gown carefully
disguised her endowed body but still gave a hint
of what to expect underneath. Her wedding
gown left her feeling exposed so she
intentionally chose this gown in order to get her
She lay on the bed and started wondering where
Andy must have gone to on their wedding night.
Just as she was about to doze off, he entered
with a laptop in his hands. An alarm went off in
“You should be tired after the wedding. Won’t
you come to bed?” she asked, sitting up.
“Come to bed? You can go to sleep; or have you
forgotten that we have a signed contract?” Andy
replied with his eyes fixed on the laptop.
Jessica blanched. For a moment, she had
forgotten about everything, about the contract
agreement she had with Andy Williams. For once,
she had thought that this façade was real. She
might be Jessica Williams now but it would only
last for a year. In the next one year, she would
be back to being single, or rather, divorced. She
“How can I forget?” she said forcefully.
“Thank God” he murmured.
Jessica breathed and stood. “Well, since you
obviously don’t need my help here, why don’t I
just have a room to myself? This building should
have more than one room” she was already
taking out her bags from the wardrobe.
“Some cleaners and helps may notice that we do
not share a room and spread rumors” Andy
replied, raising his eyes from the laptop.
“Then don’t employ their services; I can help
myself here. I have been doing so since I was
born without any difficulty”
“And what if I can’t do without the maids?” Andy
asked as Jessica started dragging the boxes out,
not willing to see reason.
“That is for you to worry about. I am around in
case you need my help” Jessica closed the door
Andy stared at the closed door in anger.
Jessica packed her hair up the way she always did
as she stood facing the mirror. The length of her
hair always made people envy her even when
the only thing she wanted to do recently was to
cut the hair off. Combing it was always a burden
for her and she had resorted to packing it. She
rarely made her hair due to the long waits she
was always subjected to at the salon, so she had
stuck with retouching and setting which was less
expensive and also time saving.
It has been two days after the exhausting
wedding and she hadn’t really left the beach
house. Andy had practically restricted her to the
building, saying that it would be awkward for
the bride to be seen outside alone without her
husband, immediately after the wedding. Jessica
had asked him to go out with her then but her
contract husband had so many things to sort out
on net and did not have the time to camouflage
If a prophet had prophesied that Jessica would
be married to a jerk like Andy, she would have
called him a joker but now that she faced the
reality, she really could not believe that she had
agreed to this marriage.
After putting on a long blue skirt and a white
top, she lay on the bed, feeling the pieces of her
shattered world the more. Jessica was someone
who loved and loved deeply but that proved to
be a very bad thing for her. She had been jilted
by three different guys who were practically sex
addicts. Her mother always told her before that
abominable day that she should hold on till she
was married before opening her legs for any guy.
Before the death of her entire family, she did not
really give the advice much thought but when
her family died; all she wanted to do was to obey
everything that her parents ever told her. The
first man she had fallen in love with several
years back, who was her first love had shattered
her world by sleeping with her best friend. When
she caught them in the act she almost ran mad.
Trusting another guy again had been almost
impossible but due to her nature, she moved on
and fell for another guy. He had been descent
enough to call it quit with the excuse that he
could not do without sex until marriage, after
several attempts to sleep with her. The third guy
had been the one that really hurt her. It had
taken a long time for her to get over the trauma
and even now, the remembrance always moved
her to tears and filled her with undiluted anger.
A knock interrupted her thoughts and she stood
up from the bed. She opened the door and
stared at Andy. He was in a grey suit. “Good
Andy muttered under his breath. “Would I have
to spend a lifetime explaining why I hate this
‘sir’ you use for me? It makes me look old”
She stared at him for some seconds then
swallowed. “Andrew, Andy, Drew; choose one”
she responded with an official look on her face;
not smiling and not frowning.
He looked on the verge of laughter, and then
raised his brow. “They all sound good but Drew;
it sounds very good” He looked surprised.
“Good morning Drew” she responded.
He looked at her with a frown on his face. “Do
you ever smile?”
“Do you respond to greetings?” she returned.
He shook his head slowly.
“Then I guess I should not bother greeting
Andy realized that she took the shake of his head
as the answer to the question she asked. He
thought of explaining but realized that he had
wasted a lot of time already. “Today is Monday, I
am off to the office” he said.
She blanched. “This is supposed to be our
honeymoon, however fake it might be. What
would people think when you return to work just
two days after the wedding? It is not like you
would be sacked if you don’t appear even for a
year.” It was after Jessica heard the echo of her
voice that she realized that she was shouting.
“Everyone can think whatever they want to
think, at least, you did not mind what the maids
would think, why should I mind what my
employees would think?” he challenged calmly.
“They would think that I don’t have the
womanly or feminine erm… expertise to keep
you for at least a week on our honeymoon. How
would people look at me?”
“I guess that is for you to worry about”
Jessica noticed that he was throwing her words
back at her and it made her even angrier. “This is
the worst marriage ever. No wonder you had me
sign a contract to marry you, no woman would
marry such a self-centered man”
Andy’s face transformed before her eyes and she
wanted to run but her stubborn nature made her
stand where she was, returning his glare with
equal measure. He grabbed her hand fiercely and
all her courage seeped out of her, leaving her
with dread. “I guess that makes us the same. You
also accepted this contract because of personal
gain so think twice about calling someone else
He was gone before she could even blink and
she leaned against the door for support.
Even as Andy alighted from the car about an
hour later, he was still boiling in anger. Jessica
had guts, he could give her that. No woman
had ever confronted him hands down the way
Jessica constantly did. She had the talent of
getting him angry whenever she felt like. The
frustrating thing was that he somehow felt
that she was right. Self-centered, he muttered
to himself with a grim face.
As he matched into the massive building, he
did not notice the intense surprise on the
faces of the security men; neither did he hear
their greetings. He entered the office like a
soldier instead of the calmly measured steps
he was used to. The surprised looks he got
from his employees made him aware of his
environment. He returned their gaze with a
stern glare and they all started pouring
greetings and congratulations on his just
concluded wedding, before returning to their
Andy felt the eyes of staff on him as he
entered his office. Again, Jessica had been
right; coming to work was a stupid thing to
do. However right she was, he told himself
that he ought to be at work, if not, his
workers would run the company to the edge
He hadn’t even sat down when the door
opened. He was not surprised when he saw
Tunji, his best man and his assistant, standing
at the entrance with a bewildered look. “Hey
man” Andy called.
“What is the meaning of this Andy?” Tunji
asked, closing the door.
“The meaning of what? Andy sat down
“What are you doing here? You ought to be
with your wife, this is your honeymoon man;
the company is not running anywhere”
“My wife and I decided to use this time wisely
instead of wasting it on a leisure beach. You
know the challenges we have been
confronted with by our competitors, staying
back would just be useless”
Tunji was glaring at him. “So you could not
trust me enough to know that I would handle
the company properly till you are back?”
“Come off it man, I trust you; still it is
scientifically proven that two heads are
better than one. My being here gives us more
chances. I don’t want to have another
lengthy meeting with displeased
shareholders” he powered his desktop and
centered his attention on it.
Tunji shook his head. “If I were a woman, I
surely would not envy Jessica.” With that,
Tunji left, leaving Andy with a measured
level of anger.
Jessica walked barefooted on the beach
sands that same evening as the breeze blew
at her packed hair. She wanted to remove the
bond and have the breeze blow her hair into
disarray but she quenched the wild feeling.
She had long ago stopped leaving her hair. In
fact, she had stopped everything that could
make her look attractive to the opposite sex
long time ago. She wore oversized clothes,
packed her head tightly upwards and used
almost no jewelry at all except the
occasional stud she had resorted to. Men had
made her life a living hell and she had
resorted to living her life alone with only her
family and friends, until Andy asked her for a
Why Andy had decided to pick her, of all the
women in the world still remained a mystery.
Even at that, the thought that she could be
bought with money, no matter the amount
would have made her laugh but here she was,
in an agreement to stick with a rich
handsome workaholic for the sum of 20
million naira. Tears stung her eyes but she
blinked them away. She had stopped crying a
long time ago, she wasn’t about to start now.
“Hey lady” she heard a guy call and she
turned. He walked up to her. “I am not lying
when I say you are the most beautiful
woman I have ever set my eyes on”.
From the physical outlook of the guy, he
looked like someone within her age bracket.
He was very slim but handsome, nonetheless.
“Should I say thank you?” she asked.
He smiled. “I am Jack. You look vaguely
She took his hand. “Jessica”
“Cool. J.J; Jessica Jack. We are a perfect
match” he murmured grinning.
“You dream a lot” She responded.
“Every reality started with a dream in mind”
Jessie seemed to think about that. “Not every
dream sees the limelight”
“What are you doing dressed like this on the
beach? You should be in shorts” he asked,
changing the subject.
“What are you doing talking to me then?
There are a lot of women here in shorts”
“Well, it is very easy to notice an outstanding
“Why don’t I believe you?”
“Do you ever smile?”
Jessica noticed that she had heard that
question for the second time that day. Andy
had asked her that same question but she
hadn’t given him an answer. She was about to
give an answer when she heard a voice
“Hey sweetheart”. She did not have to turn to
know that it was Andy. His voice was far
different from every other guy’s. She
swallowed and turned. He had a smile on his
face but she sensed the anger beneath. “I
have been looking for you” he said with his
eyes on Jack who had become rigid.
“I came for a walk on the beach” Jessica
responded sweetly as he stunningly placed his
arm around her waist.
“I knew I had seen you before. Your wedding
was carried by almost all the TV stations”
Jack’s eyes were on arm Andy put around
Jessica’s waist until he forced them upwards
with a frozen smile. “Congrats” he murmured.
“Thanks” Andy said stiffly.
This struck Jessica as awkward as she
swallowed bile that formed in her throat. The
silence that followed was so uncomfortable
and Jessica decided to put an end to the
awkwardness. “Drew” she called, turning to
him and placing her slender palm on his chest
the way only a woman could. “Why don’t you
walk with me?”
Andy felt a great sense of victory that
stunned him. He looked into her eyes and
quickly looked away. She was dressed in an
unappealing way but the shabby dress looked
to him like a challenge. He wanted to see
what she was hiding underneath. But the idea
vanished immediately it came and he
mentally made a note of never allowing his
mind to go astray. He kissed her forehead. “As
your ladyship pleases” he gave a slight bow
which had her grinning.
“It was nice meeting you” she murmured to
Jack. She would have mentioned his name
but she realized that she could not even
remember his name. Andy’s arm around her
waist was disturbing. Both of them walked for
a long time without speaking. “That was an
excellent drama you displayed back there.
You could make it in the movie industry” she
“Uhn?” Andy could not understand what she
“I don’t suppose you were genuinely jealous,
or were you?”
“Who is that guy?”
“You met him too, right? You know him just
as much as I do” she said with faint
amusement. The response did not satisfy
Andy but he said nothing. “We are far from
prying eyes so you can remove your hand
from my waist now” Jessica said.
Andy extracted his hand instantly, like her
body suddenly caught fire. He had forgotten
his hand around her. He swallowed hard as he
stared at the beach, wanting to dive inside
for a swim. He ran his hand through the tiny
waves of his hair as he got back to the beach
house. He marched into his room without
After two days and Andy continued to go to
work, Jessica became fed up with the pretense.
She felt bored and useless in the beach house so
she decided to go and see her friends. If Andy
wanted to be unreasonable, she would show him
that two can play his game.
She sat at the owner’s corner at the back while
the driver which Andy had assigned to her drove
the car. She had argued that she needed no
driver but he won when he found out that she
hadn’t perfected her driving skills. After their
little drama at the beach, she and Andy had
barely talked. The house had almost been as
silent as a grave yard and for the umpteenth
time, she regretted the decision she made.
She sighted the small shop a few feet away and
smiled. Lizzy was a fashion designer who rented
the shop in front of her rented apartment for her
enterprise. She was a graduate who had no
interest in working for anyone. Jessica always
envied her independent lifestyle. She had
wanted to visit Sonia but she knew that she
would be at work. Sonia worked in a bank and
was almost always unavailable. Paulina, just like
her motherly nature, teaches in a big primary
school and she seems to find fulfillment in the
work. Only Jessica seemed to be lost in this
equation. After her entire family perished in one
day, leaving her all alone in a crazy and
meaningless world, she had changed her mind
from being a lawyer to being a doctor. She
studied medicine in the university, thanks to her
uncle and his supportive wife but after working
for five years in a hospital, she finally decided
that she hated the job. Initially, she felt that if
she could be a doctor, she could save a family
from dying but later she discovered that
hospitals reminded her of what she had lost.
18 YEARS AGO…
Jessica bounced up and down the sitting room,
expecting her family to return. It was the
beginning of a long vacation and her parents
had gone to pick up her brother from the
boarding school which he attended. She had
missed her brother immensely and she longed to
play the computer games with him so she could
show him how much she had improved. She
smiled at the thought of beating him at the
games. Even though she knew the sound of her
dad’s car horn, she checked the gate every time
she heard a horn.
“Settle down Jessie, when they come, you would
see them” Miss Boluke said. Miss Boluke was their
house help. She was more or less like a family
and like a big sister. She turned and frowned at
“I have no home work since I am on holiday and
the TV is so boring. I have nothing to lose by
checking the gate a million times”. At 11, Jessica
was a very bright and sharp kid. She was so
“Yes you do. You are too small to develop high
blood pressure. Come and help me in the
kitchen”. Jessie groaned and Miss Bolu raised her
eye brows. “I am baking some snacks; you know
how much your brother loves them…”
Miss Bolu did not need any other words; Jessie
bounced into the kitchen. The both of them
talked and laughed together like two adults and
Miss Bolu marveled at the questions the small
girl asked. She had successfully diverted Jessie’s
mind from the tense state it was in but when
silence reigned some minutes later, Jessica asked.
“They would be here soon right? They are taking
too long” Jessica looked worried.
Miss Bolu was also slightly worried but she hid it
well. Mr and Mrs Adams never stayed so long
whenever they went to pick up Mark. She
assumed that they got stuck in traffic and told
Jessica the same thing. Lagos’ traffic was always
They removed the brown snacks from the oven
and Jessica stared longingly at it. Miss Bolu took
one look at her face and laughed, extracted one,
placed it in a plate and gave it to her. Just as she
was savoring the taste, the residential intercom
rang and she flew there.
“Don’t touch that phone Jessica Adams” Miss
Bolu roared. She had her mind set to disobey
that order but Miss Bolu smacked her hand which
was already on the phone.
“Hello” Miss Bolu said, knowing that the person
speaking was at the gate. “Yes, this is the Adams’
residence… ok” she dropped the intercom and
turned glaring eyes at Jessica. “I don’t want to
see you outside, do you hear me?”
Jessica nodded with a meek smile, only she
should have known that the ever stubborn
Jessica does not listen to anyone.
Miss Bolu stepped out and opened the main
gate. “Good afternoon” she greeted the man in
front of her, who was looking like someone who
just left the battle front. “Please, how may I help
“My name is Tony; I came to deliver
information.” He became silent. Miss Bolu urged
him on, feeling dread creep into her system.
“Actually, there was an accident along the
express and after checking the valuables found
on the victims, we noticed that they are the
Miss Bolu had frozen as her pale face stared at
the equally pale face of the reporter. She did not
hear the gasp behind her as she grabbed the
pedestrian gate for support before she fell from
the blow. An image caught her eye and she spun
with alarm as she stared at Jessica who stood
rooted to the ground.
“Jessica…” she gasped.
The words Jessica had heard continued to echo
as she stared ahead, seeing nothing. It was until
tears had slipped out of her eyes that she again
saw the bad news bringer and Miss Bolu. She
wiped the tears instantly and marched forward,
standing in front of the man before Miss Bolu
could even think of what to do or say.
“Where is my Mummy?” she demanded. The man
looked totally at a loss. “Where is my dad and my
brother? Their snacks are inside. Where are
they?” she yelled.
The man bent down to her level, the way her
dad usually did, holding her hands. As Miss Bolu
placed her hand on her shoulder, she lost it. She
snatched her hands from the man and grabbed
his shirt with her small fists. She was shivering.
“Where is my mummy?” she yelled, shaking the
man with all her strength. “I want to see her. I
want to see my daddy.” She gasped. “Where is
Mark? Where is my brother? I still have not beat
him at the computer game, where is he.” She
wiped her tears furiously because it was
hindering her from seeing the man clearly. Miss
Bolu tried all she could to detach her from the
man who just stayed with sorrow written all over
him, without touching the child but she did not
succeed. When Jessica discovered that shaking
the man was not working, she started pounding
her fists on his chest until he held her firmly with
his strong hands.
“Ok, let me take you to them.” He said, smiling
faintly but tightly. “Go and put on your shoes.”
He said gently.
“No. I can go like this. Lets go” she wiped her
eyes again. Miss Bolu could not even get a grip
on herself, not to mention, console the child. Mr
and Mrs Adams had been like parents to her. The
man insisted until Miss Bolu went in to get
Jessica’s shoes, and locked the door.
When they got to the car that the man brought,
Jessica’s hand was shivering so terribly that she
could not hold the handle of the car, not to talk
of opening it. Tony opened the door for the
ladies and went being the wheel. He could not
even think of any word of consolation to use. He
hadn’t exactly told them the worst part of the
news but he knew that they had already drawn
up their own conclusions. He would have been
able to handle it if the little girl hadn’t been
involved but seeing the girl tearing apart had
almost driven him crazy.
When they got to the hospital, he hesitated but
when Jessica opened her door, he hurriedly went
out. Before he left the hospital minutes ago, the
little boy had been alive, though in grave
danger. He hoped and prayed that the boy was
still alive but immediately they got into the
hospital he knew that the prayer hadn’t been
answered. There, Jessica’s life became altered.
Without being told anything by anyone, due to
her age, she was still able to fathom what the
news was. A trailer had collided with the car; she
heard someone say. Suddenly, the smell of blood
and drugs hit her like a slap. She imagined that
the blood of her parents and her brother was
what she was inhaling. She grabbed her
expanding head and screamed…..
She clutched her purse tight as the scene of over
18 years replayed over and over again. She had
cried and cried secretly but never in the presence
of others. She quickly wiped her brimming eyes
and blinked. The driver was watching her now
and she realized that they had stopped moving.
“Are you alright ma’am?” he asked softly with
She smiled. “I am fine. Thanks.” She stepped out
of the car and walked towards the shop, hoping
that her friend would be able to lift her spirit. It
was like life always threw her battled.
“Who am I seeing?” Lizzy yelled immediately she
saw Jessie. “Jessie baby” she hailed. “The sexiest
SU bride in town”
Jessica frowned at the endearment but internally,
she was glad. If there was someone who could
make her feel extremely happy with words, it was
Lizzy. “Na who be SU”
“Who else my dear” Lizzy hugged her fiercely.
“Hold it. What are you doing here? You should
be on honeymoon. Don’t tell me you guys got
fed up of each other’s company this fast. You
both seemed so much in love that you got
married barely two months after meeting.” They
sat down on the chair. No one was in the shop
“He had to quickly fix some things at the office
so I decided to visit you”
“Wait” Lizzy raised her hand in surprise. “You are
trying to say that your honeymoon was put on
halt because of work? That Andy is really
“No, he had something very important to sort
out at work today and I advised him to go.
Besides, we still have the rest of our lives
together” she lied.
Lizzy tried to think about it then shrugged it off,
as her face brought on a ladylike smile. “Tell me
babe, give me the gist. How was your
honeymoon, most importantly, the wedding
Jessica doubled up and almost threw up at the
question. She looked pale. Jessica realized that it
had been a very terrible idea to come to Lizzy.
Lizzy was always direct and it was increasingly
difficult to lie to her.
“OH… I had forgotten that my SU friend can’t
divulge that information. In fact, pardon me, it
was inappropriate. It was not like I actually
wanted you to tell me, just wanted to see your
reaction, and I got it” Lizzy said, misinterpreting
That was the lifesaver that Jessica needed. “I
won’t tell you. But you can follow me to the
beach. I guess Andy won’t be back until it is
almost dark. You have been to the beach, you
can teach me how to play in it and possibly
Lizzy’s eyes widened and she stood up instantly.
“You don’t have to ask me twice”
“What about the shop?” Jessica asked, laughing.
“It can do without me today” she closed the shop
and they both went into her apartment where
she fished out some beach-fitting clothes.
Jessica and Lizzy got to Eko Tourist Resort and
for the first time, Jessica knew that she would be
having a lot of fun. They had both talked
endlessly on their way there, even though almost
all the references Lizzy was making were of the
gossips she had heard ever since Jessica got
married. She talked about her own sudden
popularity as the friend of Andy Williams’ wife.
When they got to the beach, Lizzy looked
longingly at the wide expanse of water. She wore
small shorts with a tank top with a dark
sunshade. She wanted to play in the water but
one glance at Jessica had her frowning.
“You are not entering that water in this flowing
gown, are you?” she gave Jessica a thorough
“What is wrong with this dress? I just knew you
would begin another lecture here again” Jessica
Lizzy smiled. “No honey, I am not giving you a
lecture here, I am giving you a dress-up. You are
the most beautiful SU I have ever seen, once I
am done, you would be as good as new” Lizzy
“Did you bring a full wardrobe with you?”
“I am sure I could use scissors and blades to
bring out a new design from your clothes. Let’s
They entered the beach house and Lizzy opened
her mouth in astonishment. “This place is
heavenly Jessie” she murmured with wide eyes.
All the while, Jessica had been thinking of how
to stop Lizzy from entering her room. She knew
that with one glance, Lizzy would know that
Andy never slept in that room.
“Why don’t you wait here Lizzy, while I go in and
“And have you change into another mother in
Israel gown? No honey, let’s go”
“Lizzy, the room is meant for Andy and I only,
stay here, I promise to put on something you
would like” she flashed her teeth in a grin.
Lizzy snorted. “I doubt it but what can I do?
Even if you have to change fifty times, you
would wear what I approve today. Go on” she
“Yes, your majesty”
Jessica was gone for some minutes while Lizzy
took in the beautiful sights before her. She
brought out her digital camera and started
snapping pictures. Inside the room, Jessica stared
at a large number of clothes, most of which she
hadn’t worn in a very long time. She knew Lizzy
enough to know that she would not rest until she
had her way. What harm can come anyways, she
wondered, it would just be for a few hours.
Lizzy was busy snapping the beautiful parrot she
sighted at the balcony when the door opened.
She turned with the mind of condemning
whatever Jessica was putting on but her mouth
dropped open when she stared at the figure in
front of her. She walked towards Jessica slowly
and Jessica had a knowing smile on her face.
“Snap out of it woman, it is a crime for a woman
to be looking at another woman like that” Jessica
dropped with a grin.
“Holy mother of Jesus” Lizzy exclaimed. “Look at
our SU… babe, turn around, and let me see you”
“C’mon stop that and let us go” as she made to
go, Lizzy pulled her back. “Stand here, let me
give you some shots; I must show the girls”
Jessica had no choice but to stand like a statue
while Lizzy snapped away. Jessica was putting on
a three-quarter army green trouser which clung
to her legs like a second skin and a butter
colored sleeveless top. Lizzy had always known
that her friend was gifted with a perfect body
that any woman would kill for but she never
imagined this. She almost found herself being
jealous of her friend’s curves and narrow waist.
“I think my next line of action would be to burn
up all those 1975 clothes you have in your
“In your dreams! Now, let’s go before I change
my mind” Jessica was already feeling creepy.
“Of course honey, we can’t waste this cloth… I
just wish Andy were here.”
Jessica had a very nice time playing in the beach
but men were constantly disturbing her. Her
irritation towards men increased when she
realized that their only appeal towards her was
her body. They could almost strip her naked with
their eyes. Even though Lizzy was receiving her
own fair share of admirers, she had come to
Jessica’s rescue by warding off the advances of
men, telling them that she was married.
“Men are so stupid, the only thing they are after
is sex” Jessica murmured with anger.
Lizzy smiled and bent to pick up a shell. “Then I
guess you are lucky to be married to someone
who does not have sex as his priority”
“Sex is not even on the list” Jessica said without
thinking and almost bit off her tongue.
Lizzy laughed slightly, turning towards Jessica.
“You must be kidding; every man wants sex,
unless his is impotent”
Jessica swallowed. “Yeah, of course. I was just
saying that sex is not Andy’s priority. Love comes
“I am of the opinion that love comes along with
attraction; and I mean physical attraction”
Lizzy looked at her directly and Jessie felt
uncomfortable. “Are you hiding something from
Jessica thought of a safe landing. “We all have
got things to hide Elizabeth”
“True, but is there something you feel I should
know?” Lizzy pried further.
“I don’t know… Maybe like ‘why you don’t look
like a newlywed’”
Jessica paled slightly. “I was married four days
ago, besides, how am I supposed to look?”
Lizzy was about to say something, then she
shrugged it off. “I was pulling your legs girl.” She
looked up and suddenly grabbed Jessie’s hand.
“See that wave? I won’t miss it” The tension
oozed out of Jessica as she raced with Lizzy
towards the water, even though she knew that
Lizzy was not merely pulling her legs.
“How could you do a thing like that son?” Mr.
Williams was yelling on the phone. Andy had
been postponing this call but now, he didn’t
have to. He had done the wedding without his
father’s consent. His father had been in Germany
on an important business trip when he got
married. He had intentionally fixed the wedding
for that time.
Mr. Williams had been preaching marriage to
Andy, ever since he became thirty because he
said it was good to make hay while the sun was
still shinning but Andy was not ready for any
commitment. Everything had become
complicated when his father introduced him to a
girl on his thirty fourth birthday. The girl was
the spoilt daughter of one of his rich friends and
they were already talking marriage. When they
would not yield to Andy’s refusal, he decided to
take a step. Hiring a bride had been the best
solution to his dilemma and he had been so
happy when he found someone who was also
opposed against marriage. He knew that if his
dad were present, he would know that the
marriage was a farce.
“I did what you have been asking me to do dad”
“You got married behind my back? Do you know
how happy a man is when he sees his son getting
“I am sorry dad but I had to do it. I felt that if I
told you, you would object to the wedding. I
can’t get married to Sylvia dad” The very idea
“Still you should have told me, I am your dad, I
had to watch my own son get married on the
television. If your mother were alive, she-”
“Please don’t go there again dad” Andy sighed.
They had been arguing this issue for almost an
hour. Andy’s mum had died while giving birth to
Andy. Andy was the second child and the only
son of his parents. His sister was married to a
Ghanaian guy and they had two strikingly
beautiful girls to show for it.
“All the same son, I am so happy for you. I
would be in Nigeria soon so you better be
prepared to face me.”
Andy smiled. His father could never stay angry
with him for long. Andy was exactly like his
father; they were both stubborn and always had
a way of having what they wanted, no matter
the cost. Andy knew that he needed to get a very
convincing story for his father, if not; the elderly
man would see his ploy instantly.
Jessica had sent the cook back to her house in
order to see to the cooking herself. She had
changed back to a long skirt and a small top
after Lizzy left and she really wanted to do the
cooking herself. She knew that if she had spent
those hours in Sonia’s company, she would have
not been this happy. Lizzy was so perfect when
you need a good time.
She looked at the ingredients in the small shelf
and decided to cook jollof rice. She fried the
chicken first, enjoying the delicious aroma that
filled the kitchen. She rinsed some fresh
tomatoes, onions green beans and carrot in order
to add color to the food. Melodious tunes
escaped her lips as she sliced the tomatoes and
the other condiments into bits.
Andy cleared his throat and Jessica shrieked,
almost hitting her finger with the knife. He tried
unsuccessfully to hide his grin as Jessie put her
slender hand against her heart. “Did you have to
“I never knew you could be frightened by
anything” he walked towards her. He had been
standing at the entrance for some seconds,
watching and listening to Jessica as she worked
and sang. He never knew she could sing or that
she had a lovely voice.
Jessica turned back to her work, taking out the
brown chicken from the pan and replacing them
with fresh ones. She did not like having people
sneak up on her; it was always so frightening and
“How was your day?” Andy asked her even
though he was staring hungrily at the chicken in
the perforated bowl.
“It was fun”.
She saw his hand go out slowly to touch the
inviting chicken and she smacked it, raising her
finger in warning. When he tried to take it again,
she blocked it with her body and faced him, but
she instantly knew that she had made a horrible
mistake. She had to bend her head backwards in
order to look at Andy. He was standing
devastatingly close and he put his hands on the
cabinet on either sides of her, successfully
trapping her. “What are you doing?”
His eyes held a level of laughter and amusement.
“You are the one who put yourself at my front”
“Let me go”
“Are you frightened” He moved closer, making it
very difficult for her to breathe.
Jessica shook her head. “Of course not. You
would not do anything improper, so I am safe
“Nothing I do with my wife would be improper
Jess” he took his hands off the cabinet and they
dropped to her waist, giving a measured level of
“Drew” she gasped and he lowered his head
instantly. His lips were just a breath away from
hers and Jessica’s eyes dropped shut. Their breath
mingled and Jessie’s heartbeat quickened then
Andy dropped a kiss on her cheeks and stepped
back. Jessica’s eyes flew open and it settled on
Andy. He held out a fried chicken and put it in
his mouth for a bite.
“Hmmm… Delicious” he murmured and walked
slowly out of the kitchen, as Jessica stood, shaken
and stunned by what just happened.
Two months into the wedding and Jessica was
already feeling extremely frustrated. Ever since
they left the beach after the pathetic
honeymoon, Andy had gone worse, leaving the
house at seven and arriving a little before
midnight when she would have been fast asleep.
At first, it did not bother her because she was
overtaken by the massive and tastefully
furnished house but after spending a week in the
house and was already used to its beauty, the
house bored her. The maid and the gateman in
the house were the only people she talked with;
asides that, she talked with herself alone. When
she had said ‘Yes’ to Andy, she never imagined it
would be this bad.
The way Andy had been behaving, it was like he
could not even stand one second of being in her
company; he even always looked for one reason
or the other to go out on Sundays. Somehow, she
wondered if her stay would have been worse
that it already was if Andy had stayed home
more. It was a Saturday and Andy was obviously
at work so Jessica decided to spend the time with
her friends. The three women decided they
would all come over to Jessica’s house since they
hadn’t visited her since she got married. Jessica
was happy about a little fun even if it would last
for just a few hours.
She entered the kitchen feeling some level of
excitement. “Well done Ada” she greeted the
“Thanks ma” the young girl responded, smiling.
“uhmmmmnn… I love this aroma”
The girl grinned. “It must be the chicken” she
“I think it is the combination of rice and chicken.
What is yet to be done?” Jessica asked, needing
something to busy herself with.
Ada looked critically at everything. “I think the
only thing left undone is your appearance ma”
she smiled. She had become friends with Jessica
and now she felt comfortable chatting with her
madam the way she would normally chat with
Jessica frowned. “What is wrong with my
“You need to look like the hostess ma. You are
not dressed yet”
Jessica put her hands on her hips. “Now you
sound like Lizzy. What is wrong with what I am
putting on? I am not going anywhere”
Ada let her eyes roam over the body of her boss
and tried hard not to grimace. The gown Jessica
was putting on was specifically for someone who
was twice her size and Ada wondered why Jessica
was always trying hard to look unattractive when
it was not even working. Despite the shabby
dresses Jessica wore, she still looked
exceptionally outstanding with her spotless
round face with a lengthy hair to die for.
“Anything would look good on you ma’am” Ada
“Hmmm, why the change of tone now? Don’t
worry, I would change the clothes”
Two hours later, Jessica was waltzing down the
staircase in a beautiful but similarly big gown.
She sat in the sitting room and put on the TV,
relaxing her back as she waited for her friends.
She was hungry but she wanted to eat with her
friends, so that they won’t be eating and she
would be looking due to an already filled
She heard the doorbell and went there happily
before Ada could even think of leaving the
“Open this heavenly door Jessie” she heard Lizzy
say and she smiled. Paulina’s ‘Comport yourself’
was not lost on her too as she opened the door
with a big smile on her face.
The ladies screamed and cooed in delight as they
fussed over Jessie.
“See this small babe of yesterday ooo, your face
is so fresh and your cheeks are fuller” Lizzy said
“Oh please” Jessica giggled.
Sonia kissed Jessica’s cheek. “I have missed you
“Me too dear” Jessica said truthfully and stared at
Paulina. “It is only proper that I greet the
mummy of the house last right? I have her to
thank for making the rest of you look so
“If I don’t take care of them, who will?” Paulina
“We are old enough to take care of ourselves
mummy” Lizzy and Sonia chorused and they all
“Well, get your little butts inside” Jessica said and
they all left the entrance.
“Oh my God, this house is dynamite” Paulina
exclaimed as they all murmured one thing or the
other about the house.
“Comport Yourself” Lizzy said to her and Sonia
laughed at them.
“Babe, you are enjoying ooo, this house is
amazing. You are the luckiest babe on earth”
“Lucky” Jessica muttered silently as they all sat
Ada came to the sitting room and greeted
everyone before whispering something into her
boss’ ear. Jessica nodded and Ada left.
“Well ladies, let’s eat first before we have a nice
chat or we do both at the same time”
“Neglecting your table manners?” Paulina asked
with a raised eyebrow.
“Maybe. How does fried rice, salad and fried
chicken sound to you guys?”
Everyone jumped out of their seats and headed
for the dinning. “I think we can forfeit the table
manners for today” Paulina said.
They had all eaten and were busy sipping drinks.
The food had been so delicious that they all ate
their fill and even more. As they sat in the sitting
room, the talked about everything that came to
“How is life as a married woman” Paulina asked
after some time.
Jessica swallowed slightly. “Life is beautiful. You
should all get married”
“Yeah, we are working on it” Sonia said, focusing
her eyes on the decorations on the wall.
Lizzy was in thought and Jessica was curious as to
what she would say. Lizzy was the one who
always saw deep into things and people; that was
one of the reasons why Jessica always tried not
to spend so much time with her alone, especially
when she had something to hide.
“How are you coping with Andy’s work
schedule?” Lizzy asked pointedly.
Jessica swallowed. “It is my cross but I am
coping. It can be hard not to have him around
most of the time but it is fine, we understand
each other” Jessica said with a smile.
“I only wonder why he has to go to work every
time. I mean, he is the owner of that money-
making company which spread across the
country, why should he work himself half to
death when he has more than enough
employees?” Lizzy continued.
Like I have not asked myself the same question,
Jessica thought. “He has shareholders to answer
to and he is already used to the office, you can’t
“Well, to me, if his going to the office is what
brought about this beautiful house, he should
continue his workaholic routine” Sonia said.
“Sonia” Paulina called. “Money would not kill
“Is it easy?” she retorted.
“Jessie, are we expecting Andy junior?”
Jessica choked on her drink at Paulina’s question.
She coughed as the drink clung to her throat and
made it impossible to talk. The ladies muttered
apologies until she became calm but she caught
Lizzy’s curious look. “Most times I forget the type
of friends I have” thinking of a way of escape,
she faced Lizzy. “Liz, have you settled your
dispute with Alex?” It worked because everyone
started talking at once.
“Don’t mind this stubborn girl, she refused to
apologize to him o” Paulina said.
“Why should I apologize when he is clearly at
fault? He did not remember my birthday and he
wants me to just forgive him when he has not
begged properly? Abeg free me jare” Lizzy said
“I agree with her, the guy should take off his
pride and apologize” Sonia said.
“I think Sonia should apologize nonetheless, I
mean, men are scarce these days, we should hold
on to ours firmly” Paulina pointed out.
“She is right” Sonia said again.
Jessica heaved a sigh, happy that she was not the
subject matter again.
Andy sat on the chair in his office the next day
doing absolutely nothing. He should have gone
home hours back when there was almost nothing
for him to do but he could not imagine going
home. Although Jessica always dressed like a
saint who was still living in the era of his
forefathers, he felt drawn towards her. That day
in the kitchen during their honeymoon was a day
he had desperately tried to get out of his mind.
Standing so close to her that day had made him
aware of her perfume which was totally
feminine. He had always known that she was
beautiful because he would never have picked
someone less beautiful to be his wife for a day
but that day, he had come to the full realization
of her exquisite beauty. He had noticed that she
did not have black pupils but instead had dark
grey. The realization had stunned him. But most
of all, he had been thrown off balance by how
slim her waist was.
He could not remember how his hands had
managed to get to her waist but he couldn’t
have been more surprised when he noticed the
slim waist she had. The dresses she always wore
were big enough to hide her waist and hips but
ever since that day, he kept on imagining what
was beneath that cloth. His eyes had never even
seen her legs before. He had decided to use work
as a good distraction and it worked to a certain
His phone rang and he frowned when he saw the
caller. His dad? The number proved that he was
already in Nigeria.
“Dad?” he said immediately he picked up.
“Yes son, how are you doing?”
“Are you in Nigeria?” Andy stood up from his
“Yes I am. Get ready to receive me in your house
tonight because I would be having dinner with
The alarm sounded in Andy’s head. Trust his
father to always put them on the spot. “What? I
mean… why didn’t you tell me you have arrived
Nigeria? When did you arrive?” Andy was pacing.
“This afternoon. I would be at your house in
three hours time. I need to see my daughter in
law face to face and not some unclear picture,
although she looked stunning in those wedding
His dad ended the call and Andy stared at the
phone in agitation. Three hours! The words
echoed in his head. How was he going to
convince his ever-suspicious father that he and
Jessica were in love? Jessica was a strong headed
girl, how was he going to convince her to act
like a loving wife, perfectly enough to convince
his father? Does she even know how loving
wives behaved? He wondered. He took his car
keys and his suit jacket and left the office
instantly. He dialed his best friend and assistant
to tell him that the office was in his care. He had
a feeling that he was in for a long night.
Jessica lay on the chair, reading a novel. One
thing she loves about the house was the study
which was filled with all kinds of books. She had
found a novel which looked interesting and
occupied herself with it. She was surprised when
she heard Andy’s car horn. He never arrived
around six and she knew that something was out
of place. She stayed where she was, even though
she was curious.
Andy entered and she lifted her head with a
nonchalant look on her eyes but the look faded
when she saw him. His suit jacket was in his
hand, along with a nylon bag and his car keys
were on the other hand. His shirt which her eyes
focused on was buttoned halfway down, leaving
his muscled chest partly visible. She swallowed
and looked at his face.
“Good evening Drew. You are early”
“It is necessary. My dad would be here soon”
“Your dad” she muttered as the realization slowly
dawned on her. Her eyes slowly widened and
Andy fought back an amused smile. “He is
He nodded with a faint smile. “My dad is one
man who can’t be fooled easily. I don’t know if
you can act like a love-struck woman.”
Jessica frowned. “I believe I can be or do
anything if I decide to. The question is, ‘can you
act a man in love’?” she smiled slightly.
“We don’t have enough time to act a proper
rehearsal so I guess we would both find out the
hard way. It is either we are both poor actors or
we are both meant to be in the movie industry”.
He smiled and remembered what he was holding.
“I got you a befitting gown” he said and
stretched the nylon to her.
“Befitting” she muttered, hating the word.
Well, you refused to go shopping every time I
mentioned it and I can’t have you meet my
father in one of those gowns you always put on.
She collected the nylon and removed the cloth
inside. It was a multicolored gown which had
expensive written all over it. She removed the
nylon that was used to cover the gown and let it
fall to the ground.
“I noticed that you love clothes that goes all the
way down to your feet so I got this which has a
long hand to go with it, but it is still elegant and
speaks of class” he explained nervously as she
quietly scrutinized the cloth.
The cloth was beautiful, very beautiful, she
admitted to herself. “It is beautiful, but I can’t
put it on”
“What? We are not going to argue about this
“I don’t mean to be rude but your dad is going
to know that something is fishing if I put this on.
This cloth is meant for an important event and
not just an indoor dinner. What I need to put on
is something simple but also classy.”
“Well, we don’t have time, let’s go for it. My dad
would be here any minute”
“I have what I need. I would go and freshen up.
Tell Ada to make the food ready for three” she
turned and left Andy standing there.
Andy grimaced at the thought of what Jessica
would put on. After an hour, Andy still did not
see Jessica. He wanted to inspect the cloth she
would put on to see if it was fit. Even though he
did not really think much of classy dressing and
the likes, he knew that his father would expect
his daughter-in-law to dress like a William. He
wondered which oversized dress Jessica would
choose to put on. The car horn he heard almost
made him jump. He called Jessica’s name but
heard no response. Knowing that he was
doomed, he went to the door and opened it.
Seeing his father after more than five months
shouldn’t make him nervous but he was not sure
how the evening would turn out. He saw his
father step out of the car and he walked up to
the elderly man with a cool smile.
“Dad” he called.
Mr. Williams turned with smiles. “Son.” He
hugged Andy. “I have missed you. How is
“Nigeria is still the same old busy place. Why
didn’t you inform me of your arrival? I could
have picked you up”
“That is why I have a driver. Where is my
The door opened and he turned. When he saw
the person at the doorway, he blinked and froze.
Even if the trumpet sounded three
times in a row, Jessica was certain that
Andy would not have heard anything.
He seemed to be glued to the place he
was standing beside his father, as he
gazed with disbelief in his eyes. Her
normally bold personality instantly
became self conscious. The dress she
had on was totally modest and good for
the occasion which was nothing
spectacular other than meet her father-
in-law whom she should have meet long
time ago. She was putting on a short
gown for the first time in a very long
time. The short gown was slightly above
her knees, though it was not the
clinging type; it was sleeveless which
left her shoulders and hands bare. She
suddenly felt exposed as Andy’s eyes
bore into her. Noticing that they had
been staring at each other for some
time, she quickly moved forward, and
noticed the elderly man Andy, looking at
them with amused curiosity. That Andy
got his height and good looks from his
father was not to be denied. The man
was still very attractive at his age.
Andy looked a bit different from him
facially and Andy wondered what his
mum looked like.
“Sir”, she moved forward quickly, not
knowing the proper way of greeting
your father-in-law. “Good evening dad”
she bent to kneel down but the man
held her back.
“C’mon, give your father-in-law a hug”
he pulled her into his arms and Jessica
remembered her father.
“I am so sorry sir” she said as she
pulled away. “I told Andy severally that
we should wait for sometime until you
are back from your trip before we get
married but he refused” Andy was still
lost in trance and it bothered Jessica
as she tried to cover up.
“Do I blame him? He is a William; we
grab opportunities when we see them.
Frankly, if I were in his shoes, I would
want to take you off the market as
soon as possible because you are a
Mr William was making her look like a
product which was for sale but the
funny thing is that she did not feel
insulted, in fact, she felt flattered.
“I always wondered where Andy got his
good looks from, now I know” she
The man adjusted slightly, “Well, he is a
combination of his mum and I, he is
one selfish boy right?”
Referring to Andy as a boy was strange
to Jessica’s ears. Andy was not doing
anything to help her and she didn’t
know if they would be able pull this
farce through if he kept mute. The
possibility was becoming increasingly
“Yes sir, he can be so selfish” she
nudged Andy with her leg.
“Yes, tap him, he seems to be lost in
cloud nine” His father said. Jessica
hadn’t thought that her father-in-law
She smiled nervously. “He is always like
this when I put on this gown, I don’t
The man laughed. “Then make sure you
put it on when there is a quarrel, it
might save you the stress of
apologizing.” Jessica laughed and was
relieved when Andy seemed to be back
in their midst.
“Come daughter” Andy’s dad put his
hand around Jessica’s shoulders as he
walked inside, leaving Andy to tag
along. “Tell me about yourself”