EPISODE 17: WILLIE WILLIE & OTHER STORIES
It had been 6 months and I have still not been able to bring Willie Willie down. Femi has been a sweetheart. Our trip to Akure was awesome. We lodged in a hotel called Owena. The rooms were made in chalets and looked really nice. We had talked, about our lives, growing up and our siblings. My interest in asking about his brother began to bother him after I asked â€œis your brother gay?â€ He didnâ€™t look shocked and he didnâ€™t answer my question. Instead, he kissed me and called it a night.
He didnâ€™t try to make love to me, he held me and we both slept off.
The next day, we proceeded to my Auntâ€™s house.
â€œOmoshalewa Aduke Ade, to what do I owe this honour?â€ Aunty Nike shouted as I went down on both knees.
She had sent her driver to pick us up from the hotel. I knelt down to greet her
â€œDide dide, get upâ€ she pulled me for a hug
â€œAunty, itâ€™s good to see you againâ€
She finally let go of me and turned to face Femi.
â€œHa! You have brought your husband to be to meâ€
I giggled. Now this is a difficult situation, who do I tell her he is? He hasnâ€™t officially asked me out, he is my boss, he â€¦.
â€œE ka san maâ€ Femi prostrated.
I was shockedâ€¦Femi Williams, graduate of Oxford University, MastersÂ from Cambridge, extra education from London Business Schoolâ€¦..
â€œHow are you my son? Please get upâ€
We walked to the sitting room and took our seats. â€œAunty, this is Femi, he is myâ€¦â€
â€œIâ€™m her boyfriend Maâ€ he cut me short.
My Aunt gave us a suspicious look. I smiled sheepishly.
â€œYes, he is my boyfriendâ€ I said quickly.
â€œOk o, Femi what do you doâ€
â€œI work with a Company called Mable Consultâ€
What! See this man o, you work, abi you are a shareholderâ€¦see modesty o
â€œHa! I know that company, my friendâ€™s Husband was a shareholder, think he passed it on to his first son, Chief Williams, may his soul rest in peaceâ€
I cleared my throat, oh my Godâ€¦small world, I was about to tell my Aunt, Femi was Chief Williams son when Femi beat me to it.
â€œYes ma, you are right, thatâ€™s the companyÂ I work withâ€
â€œThatâ€™s good, wait, isnâ€™t that where you work Shalewa?â€
â€œHa, office romance, interestingâ€¦Adijat, can you bring the pineapple juice now, pleaseâ€ My aunt called out to her maid like a queen.
I smiled â€œAunty, Iâ€™m here to see you concerning my motherâ€
â€œWhat is it, is she alright? What happened to her?â€ My Aunt rushed to my side.
â€œI mean my real motherâ€
She froze â€œShalewaâ€¦I donâ€™t get you, what are you on about?â€
I smiled. I could see through her. â€œAunty, I know Iya Shalewa; my supposed Mother is not my real motherâ€ I kept a straight face
â€œâ€¦and this is how I found outâ€ I narrated my findings to her. Aunty burst into tears and I had to console her.
â€œYour mother died giving birth to you, the woman you know as your mother was your nanny, your father ended up marrying herâ€¦that painting you see hanging in your fatherâ€™s library is a picture of your motherâ€
â€œHmm! That explains why she took that painting down after daddy died, bur how come no one ever told me?â€ I started to cry.
Femi took my palm and squeezed it.
â€œAunty, do you know why the will has not been read?â€
By the time we left Akure, I was able to gather enough to decide on what to do. My Aunt would support me on this and that was all I needed.
Femi had offered to hire a lawyer for me if I need one. I politely turned him down, who needs another lawyer when I have Omoyeni?
I gave him a funny look as we went into the car. â€œBoyfriend??â€
He laughed â€œwell, am I not?â€
Daniel has really been distant. We tried to talk after my revelation but he kept pulling away. He made me feel dirty, raped and worthless with his attitude. I didnâ€™t know if it was the rape part that turned him off. If he couldnâ€™t handle this, I guess he didnâ€™t even stand a chance. I decided to confront him.
I went to his office and found him working on his computer. He looked up â€œHi Shalewaâ€ no smile, is that it?
â€œDaniel, are you ok?â€
He stopped typing and looked at me â€œwhat do you mean?â€
â€œYouâ€™ve been avoiding me, ever since the Ghana eventâ€¦you havenâ€™tâ€¦â€
â€œIâ€™ve been busyâ€ he cut in
â€œYeah! Busy avoiding meâ€
â€œShalewa that is not trueâ€¦ehm, am in the middle of something, can we talk later?â€
He got up and practically pushed me to the door. â€œYou know what, forget about itâ€
â€œShalewaâ€¦â€ He called out.
I stormed out of his office and didnâ€™t even look back. Idiot!
I got into the office and Linda told me Femi needed me urgently in his office. Now, this is the difficult part; we sometimes flirt at work, nothing more, because if news ever went outâ€¦.sighs!
â€œYou asked to see me Sirâ€ I said closing the door behind me.
â€œPlease sitâ€ he smiled and turned his laptop.
â€œThe opinion poll for the festival is shooting up; guess who wants to be on the panel of judges?â€
â€œWho?â€ I grinned
â€œOh my God, you did itâ€ I got up to hug him. He had been trying to bring him in for a while; Tyler had declined more than once with the excuse of having so much on his table.
â€œNo, we did itâ€ he held on to me tight and kissed my forehead.
He was about to kiss me when the door opened. We disentangled immediately. It was Miss Agedo.
â€œWhatâ€™s going on here?â€ She said
â€œEhm ehmâ€ I stammered
â€œOh shut up you tramp, you think I donâ€™t know youâ€™ve been sleeping with my boyfriendâ€
I opened my mouthâ€¦sleepingâ€¦now, thatâ€™s too much.
â€œGirls like you around looking for rich men to help make their lives easyâ€¦.â€
â€œOh, you hold it there Miss Agedo, youâ€™re mistakenâ€
â€œOh, shut upâ€
Linda rushed in to see the film show.
I looked at Femi with tears threatening to pour down my eyes..
â€œLaurencia, we were just celebrating over getting Tyler on boardâ€
â€œWith a hug? With your subordinate? Does that even make sense?â€
â€œYes, itâ€™s called a sudden rush of happy emotionsâ€¦some of us are too rigid to know what that isâ€ Femi replied
Wow! That shut her up. She stormed out of the office.
He apologised and left me with Linda who was salivating for gist.
â€œSo I hugged Oga because I was so excited, na so she come in oâ€¦donâ€™t know what she was thinkingâ€ I lied
Linda bought it. Phew! Femi had asked me to come home with him tonight to celebrate. His brother would also be there to celebrate the good news. I couldnâ€™t resist getting closer to bringing Willie Willie down, so I agreed.
Does anyone know how to cast the truth spell? Because I could use one now.
We were seated in Femiâ€™s sitting room. His cook had prepared special delicacies for us to celebrate. I was seated across Willie Willie.
â€ So where did you live during your stay in the UK?â€
â€œHmm!â€ He swallowed his food â€œkent, oxford, London, Manchesterâ€¦everywhereâ€â€¦he lifted his cup to drink.
â€œHave you ever been to Lincoln? I added
He smiled and took a drink â€œAs a matter of fact, I did live in Lincoln and I had mad fun, have you ever been to Lincoln?â€ he smiled and winked at me.
He was playing a game and he just got himself a matching partner.