EPISODE 12: DILEMMA
I stared at Femi after I let him in. He was wearing a pair of jeans trousers and a sweat shirt. The smell of his after-shave filled the air. He walked in and sat on the only chair in the hotel room. I pulled my robe closer to myself and took a seat on the bed.
He was disturbingly quiet. I stole a glance at him hopingÂ Â he would say something, but he didnâ€™t.
Hmm!Â AbiÂ something happened last night?
â€œSo,â€ He cleared his throat. I looked at him immediately. â€œAre you better?â€ He asked. I smiled and answered, â€œI guess so.â€
He got up and sat on the bed. â€œShalewaâ€¦â€
â€œYes, Mr. Williams?â€ The air around us had changed. It was filled withâ€¦I donâ€™t know, but it was different. The kind you see in movies where a guy and a lady are about to have their first kiss.
I caught him smile. He cleared his throat again.Â Haba! You get cough? Oga talk na!Â I was getting impatient.
â€œLetâ€™s talk about what got you upset yesterdayâ€, he said as he stared at me. I looked away shyly.
â€œYou look pale, Shalewa.â€ He got up and sat very close to me. My heart skipped. If he tried kissing meâ€¦.holy Mosesâ€¦.green lightâ€¦I see green!
â€œAre you alright?â€ He asked me.
â€œYes, just a little bit tired.â€
â€œNo hang-over?â€ He grinned.
â€œNo.â€ I smiled.
â€œSo does she know â€” I mean does your step mum know you found out?â€
â€œNo she doesnâ€™t. Nobody knows I know.â€
â€œYou wanna tell me everything?â€ I nodded. Of course I wanted to. It was eating me up and I couldnâ€™t hold it in anymore. I needed to let it all out.
â€œI think my father left most of his properties to me. He didnâ€™t have time to adjust his will.â€
â€œWow! Thatâ€™s a serious one. How come the will has never been read? Its really dangerous for you; anything could have happened.â€
â€œYeaâ€¦I heard my grand mumâ€¦her mumâ€¦â€ I was starting to sound confusing. â€œMy step-motherâ€™s mum I meanâ€¦â€ I smiled at reality. It was really starting to sink in. All these years when daddy would quarrel with her over not buying me the same things she got the twins or not taking me out when she took the twins with her â€” she had been nice, tremendously nice. At least she made sure daddy sent me off to do my masters. The twins didnâ€™t get that luxuryâ€¦but wait! Daddy died before they could! Couldnâ€™t she afford it? A lot was going on in my head.
â€œShalewa, are you here at all?â€ He touched my arm. I shivered. I looked at him and could only make out a whisper. â€œYeah.â€
I donâ€™t know who went to whom, but somehow I ended up in his arms. He rocked me like a baby and this time, I wasnâ€™t drunk, he had kissed my forehead yesterday. He did the same now.
â€œIâ€™ll take care of you Shalewa. I know this sounds awkward because itâ€™s coming from your boss, but ever since that niâ€¦â€
That was when the stupid phone decided to ring. I almost hissed with disgust. Show spoiler.
â€œYou wanna get that?â€ He asked.
â€œYes.â€ I reached for the phone. â€œHello?â€
It was from the reception.
â€œHello!â€ I heard a male voice at the receiverâ€™s end.
I looked at Femi who was staring at a magazine.
â€œWhat are you doing here?â€ I whispered.
â€œWell, the company sent me. Looks like we have to do either Yvonne Nelson or Jackie Appiah. Iâ€™m here to make sure we recruit the right person. Iâ€™ll be up in a bit.â€
â€œEhm, you canâ€™t come to my room.â€ I stole a glance at Femi again. This time, our eyes met and he smiled. I managed to smile back.
â€œLydia is in my roomâ€¦â€ Okay, wait! Why was I lying? Daniel wasnâ€™t even my boyfriend and neither was Femiâ€¦professional ethics I guess.Â Omo, this mess Iâ€™m about to get myself intoâ€¦.drama, drama, dramaâ€¦
â€œOk. Iâ€™ll stop by at Femiâ€™s room then. Iâ€™ll see you soon.â€
I hung up and faced Mr. Oga.
â€œThat was Mr. Daniel sir. He said the company sent him.â€
He looked at me suspiciously. â€œIâ€™m aware of that, butâ€¦why did he call you?â€
Oya think o Shalewaâ€¦think!
â€œEhmmm, I guess he tried reaching you on your extension, but youâ€™re hereâ€¦â€ I made a face. If he knew me well, he would know I was lying. I only made faces when I lied.
â€œI guess I better go back to my room then. We donâ€™t want anybody making the wrong assumptions, yeah?â€ I nodded in agreement.
â€œAnd Shalewa, we havenâ€™t finished our discussion.â€
â€œYesâ€, I smiled.
He winked at me and left the room. I was left alone to deliberate on how to handle this drama. I was in love with Mr. Oga, yet I felt something for Daniel.
I went into the bathroom and took a shower. I came out and called Omotunde. She put Omoyeni and I on a conference call and I narrated my ordeal to them carefully leaving out the â€˜maternalÂ bumdigidiâ€™Â out of it. I wasnâ€™t ready for that.
â€œI canâ€™t believe you got drunk!â€ Omoyeni screamed.
â€œI didnâ€™tÂ jor, I was tipsy.â€
â€œHahaha! You wanted to seduce the poor manâ€, Omotunde joked.
We all laughed.
â€œSo, what are you going to do about Daniel?â€ Omotunde asked. â€œBecause me I like himâ€¦that Femi that wonâ€™t even own up to knowing you; you better give yourself brain and go for Daniel.â€ She added.
â€œOmotunde, you canâ€™t choose for her, you know?â€ Omoyeni said.
â€œGuys, guysâ€¦thanks for the love. Truth is Iâ€™m confused. I think Iâ€™m in love with Femi, I also feel something for Daniel, so its really complicated.â€ I interrupted Omoyeniâ€¦
â€œHmm! Besides he did ask for your number at the club, we just didnâ€™t give it to him.â€ Omoyeni concluded her mini protest with this.
â€œWhat?! He asked for my number? How come you guys never told me? I thoughtâ€¦I thoughtâ€¦â€ I began to stammer. I was seething with rage right now. See these babesâ€¦haba!
â€œDrama!â€ Omoyeni shouted. â€œBy the way guys, Iâ€™ll be resigning soon to join my dadâ€™s firm.â€ She said changing the topic. I guess Iâ€™ll let it ride this time. What is done is done.
â€œFinally!â€ I shouted. Even though e no reach my mind. Not like I wasnâ€™t happy for her, but how dare she hide this from meâ€¦and that Omotunde too! Anyway, Omoyeniâ€™s dad is one of the best litigation lawyers in Nigeria. He has one of the best firms with two partners who were Senior Advocates. It was about time she rolled with the big guns.
We talked some more before ending the call. I started to think about my dilemma. I got dressed and waited for the time to clock one, but instead it crawled. Lydia came into the room and saved me from the waitâ€¦only she had some news. What could it be?
I looked at her giggling. â€œSpill!â€ I said, almost screaming.