EPISODE 8: unclad
There I was running around like a mouse and helping Omotunde plan her wedding. I was going to be the maid of honor. Why me? Despite my stand on what I feel about Labib, Omotunde had to choose me.
â€œI got it!â€ Omotunde shouted.
â€œWhat?â€ I was scared.
I heaved a sigh of relief. Alarmist yamayama, o fe fun mi ni heart attack.
â€œWhat have you decided on?â€
â€œTurquoise blue and grey.â€
â€œWill your fiancÃ© like it?â€ I asked almost rolling my eyes.
â€œHmm! Ok o.â€ I decided to tread on the caution track so I wonâ€™t be thought of as being envious. Oya Shalewa, arrange yourself. Itâ€™s Omotundeâ€™s choice and sheâ€™s happy. Shikena!
â€œYou still havenâ€™t given me the hot gist about Danny,â€ Omotunde said.
â€œWho is Danny?â€
â€œVery funny. Talk jor!â€
Daniel and I have been hanging out for over a month. I was starting to feel something for him, though what I felt for Mr. Oga was still there. I still donâ€™t know what the attraction is.
â€œHmm! He is insisting he has to come for your introduction as my date. I told him it was family matters and he has refused to take no for an answer.â€
â€œLet him come o, infact Iâ€™m inviting him. Give me his number.â€
â€œYou heard me.â€
â€œNo jor. Ok, heâ€™ll come.â€
We went back to talking about colours and wedding wahala; hair, bridal train or no bridal train, bla bla bla.
Later on, I rushed home like a crazy woman, my grandmother was visiting from Akure and I couldnâ€™t wait to see her, maybe she would drive sanity back to our home. My phone had been ringing for some minutes. I kept ignoring it. It was Kanmi, only God knows what it is that he wants. He had Kay, wasnâ€™t that enough?
I turned into my estate and murmured a hello to the guards. I was about to park my car when I saw Kanmi from a distance staring like a loony. E gba mi!!! Kini man yi wa kiri bayi?
I packed the car beside him. I picked up my bag and got out.
â€œKanmiâ€ I greeted eyeing him at the same time.
â€œHello Shalsâ€ that was his nickname for me.
â€œWhy didnâ€™t you go in? Is Kay not at home?â€
â€œI didnâ€™t come to see Kay, Shals. I came to see you.â€
â€œHmm!â€ My head started to calculate. Kini jero e fe?
â€œLetâ€™s go inside then.â€
I walked towards the gate. Kanmi pulled me back and made me stagger for control.
â€œAhn ahn, Kanmi! What is it now?â€
â€œIâ€™m sorry Shals. I didnâ€™t mean to do that. Itâ€™s just that I canâ€™t stop thinking about you. I wanted to be there for you after the death of your father. I wanted to love you, take care of you, but you pushed me away. You pushed Kay into my arms instead. I was only being a friend to your family at that time and Kay.â€
â€œOh my goodness! Listen to yourself. Do you want to cause a war in my home? What if Kay finds you here? What if â€¦â€
He didnâ€™t even let me finish. Kanmi went down on his knees and started to beg.
â€œHa! Kanmi, oya dide, please get up.â€ I approached him to pull him up.
I was being nice to this delusional dude when the loveliest sister on earth came out. See wahala oâ€¦
â€œWhatâ€™s going on here?â€ Kay asked forcefully.
I didnâ€™t know what to say. Kanmi got up immediately. â€œHey darling!â€ He approached her and began to laugh.
â€œI slipped and fell. Shalewa was helping me up.â€
She eyed us suspiciously.
â€œHow come you didnâ€™t tell me you were coming?â€
â€œI wanted to surprise you!â€ He replied, grinning stupidly. I left both of them outside and went in to see my lovely grandma.
As I opened the door, my mum was standing akimbo glaring like someone that was going to fight a rival.
â€œHmm! What were you doing outside with Kanmi? Why didnâ€™t you tell K he was around?â€
â€œWhat are you insinuating ma?â€
â€œAnswer my question.â€
â€œYou want to start misbehaving with kanmi abi, the same act that got you in trouble and took away your father at an early age?
â€œWhat did you say?â€ I lost my temper. â€œDaddy died in a plane crash and I canâ€™t believe you just blamed me for his deathâ€. I walked towards her and continued â€œMisbehaving with Kanmi? Same thing I did? What do you mean by that, what do youâ€¦â€ I started to shout.
I stopped immediately I saw grandma. I ran to her side and knelt on both knees. I started to cry.
â€œOmo ola, omo dada, omo legbeleruki oba, get up my dear. Those beautiful eyes are not made for tears.â€ She said wiping the tears off my eyes.
â€œMama Shalewa, come with me. We have to talk.â€
Did I just act like a victim? Whatever jare! Iâ€™ve had it with Mummy and K. I went into my room and picked up my phone to call Daniel. I had promised him I would call.
â€œHey you!â€ I greeted.
â€œLove of my life!â€
â€œFor your mind.â€
He started to laugh. â€œSo how did the wedding planning go?â€
â€œIt went well, thanks.â€
â€œGood! Get enough tips to plan ours.â€
I rolled my eyes. â€œPlease stop.â€
â€œYou know what Iâ€™m talking about.â€
â€œOk.â€ he answered coldly.
I was burnt. Why did he give in so fast? Mcheew! Didnâ€™t he know I was just fronting?
My phone beeped to indicate a waiting call.
â€œIâ€™ll call you back Daniel. I have an incoming call.â€
â€œAlright, Iâ€™ll wait for your call.â€
It was my aunt Toke. She wanted me to give grandma the phone so she could speak to her. I rushed to my mumâ€™s room. I was about to knock when I started to eavesdrop. I hung up quickly and began to listen to their conversation.
â€œOmodara, you have to take it easy o! All this explanation you have given me isnâ€™t enough. Yes, her father was rushing home from Abuja to see you and take another flight to London because of the emergency call he got concerning Shalewa. He didnâ€™t get to tell you what it was before the plane crash. I am amazed you havenâ€™t even found out from Shalewa, instead you have judged her and blamed her for her fatherâ€™s date â€¦â€
I pressed my ears to the door and listened harder. The next thing I heard made me almost pass out. I ran into my room and buried my head under the pillow. â€œOh my God! Oh my â€¦â€ I began to sob. â€œHa! Mama Shalewaâ€¦.ha!â€
Daniel was calling me, I couldnâ€™t get myself together to pick. When I finally did, he knew there was something wrong and his reaction was â€œIâ€™m coming over to your placeâ€
â€œDanielâ€¦â€ I started to argue
Before I could say anything else, he hung up. What just happened? What the hell is happening to the family I used to know?