James: * looked surprised * oh you no hear
that one? I said Ella is Richard’s first cousin
Me: you are kidding me right?
James: Jerry are my lying?
Jerry: stop wasting time to convince her shey
we told her to come along she said she is not
interested abeg show me where to sleep
Me: * making that childish face * urm that’s
not fair
Jerry: yes it’s black,I even forget to tell you
the sweetest part of it,we collected your own
share of the food and drink and ate it
Me: * sigh * thought is something better, you
guys should sleep in that corner,take that
wrapper over there
James: ok but you miss sha
I just la!d down silently on my bed,thinking to
myself,if what I just heard is true then
Richard has lost interest in me or is probably
very angry with me,what should I do now to
make him start noticing me again,I really
think I should go apologise to him and
pretend its just an ordinary apology then he
would have an idea that I still want him and
start coming again,no no no that would make
me look cheap,I must have to do something
and fast.
I was still thinking when I slept off I was
awoken early the next morning by James and
Jerry that they were going so I stood up and
opened up the door for them to leave then
locked back,it was Sunday already.
I went back to sleep,I wokeup finally by seven
thirty and went into the bathroom to prepare
for church
I wasn’t settled within me but i was really
struggling to be,the thought of Richard has
eaten me up and it seem to be making me
dull each day.
I got ready for church and left,it was a
Catholic church,the mass already started
before I got to church,it was the second
after the first reading other members who
came later were permitted inside,I didn’t take
notice of people that joined my seat but I
realized I was perceiving a familiar perfume, I
just don’t know what turned my head to see
people sitting with me,I saw him moping and
smiling at me,by his side was seated Ella.
immediately I felt my heartbeat increased
Richard: hi,is these your church also?
I wanted to reply but couldn’t,I found myself
giving him a forced out smile as a reply then
my eyes met with that of Ella but she said
nothing,for the rest of the mass duration I
can’t tell what happened all I knew was that
we had offering and communion any other
thing that happened aside that precious don’t
when the mass was over I stoop up with my
bag containing just my bible and bulletin for
the for the Sunday mass and lodge key and
started walking out unnoticed but on getting
outside I met Richard and Ella,I didn’t notice
they had gone out of the church before me
Richard: avoiding me?
Me: me,avoid you,why?
Richard: I don’t know,well you look like the
angels in heaven on these outfit
Me: thanks but you don’t look bad either
Ella: Richy let’s go
Richard: hey easy am talking to someone
Ella: someone am angry with abi
Me: angry with me? what did I do?
Ella: ask me again * since our year one I had
never had a one on one chat with Ella,I just
walked closer to her ignoring Richard first *
Me: dear what’s my offence?
Ella: why didn’t you come to my birthday
Me: oh that?
Ella: would you say you had no idea Saturday
was my birthday party?
Me: I knew,my friend told me but…
Ella: but you couldn’t come because am not
your friend
Me: no dear not that,I was ill * lied *
Richard: ill?
Ella: ill, what happened?
Me: its fever * lied *
Ella: so sorry about that
Richard: how are you now?
Me: fine,I should be going now
Ella: ok see u in school
Richard: no let’s drop you off
Me: no thanks
Ella: don’t refuse it please,use that to make
up for my birthday that you missrd
Me: *smile* ok thanks
we all walked to where he parked his car and
when he got to my lodge I came down from
the car
Ella: hope I srr you in school tomorrow?
Me: yes
Richard: have a nice Sunday
Me: thanks * he started his engines *
Richard: yes? * he turned off the car *
Me: *looking down* am sorry for the way I
treated you
Richard: oh,C’mon come over that,you did
nothing wrong
Me: * still looking down * thanks * walking
away *
Richard: how about dinner these evening,just
the three of us? *he shouted*
Me: * smile* ok
Richard: see ya then by evening *he starts
his engine once again and drove off leaving
dust in the air*
wow,I felt refreshed as in anew again
Me: yes,yes *I started running into the
compound out of happiness,I really couldn’t
wait till evening,I was eager to see him again
*I opened my door and got in falling on the
bed flat
Me: I can’t believe these I’d happening,Ella
my new friend? wow,Richard is back,oh yes
*I talked to myself like we were two in the
room,I was hungry but I don’t wanna eat, I
don’t want anything that would rule that the
dinner date for me.
I just la!d on the bed smiling to myself over
and over again like one who started madness

I stayed indoors till five thirty then I went into
the bath room to clean up,being a woman is
really not easy,before six thirty I was done
preparing but no sign of Richard nor Ella,I
was peeping throw the window at interval
hoping to see one of them surface again but
no signs of either of them,by 7:00 I was
already getting frustrated or had he changed
his mind! I had to go outside the gate
checking on him,I even stood there till
7:30pm but no sign of them,I was pissed up,I
went back to my lodge and angrily shut the
door,I don’t even have either of them contact
to communicate them,I la!d down on the bed
and realized tears dropping from my eyes,I
really wish to see Richard,my Richard.
I la!d still on the bed till I slept off,it was an
incoming call that woke me up,I checked the
time and it was 9pm,the caller was Michael
my elder brother. I picked up the call and we
spoke over the phone for about ten minutes
before saying goodnight to each other.
I sat up,took off my dress and wore my
Skippy night wear,when into the bath room to
wash of the makeups on my face
Me: * sad * my makeup just wasted because
of Richard,no problem,I came back to room,I
saw my phone screen light on and picked it
up,two miss calls,no name just number
Me: who is these one that wants to annoy me
these night again * the phone began ringing
again,same number * hello,who is these
Ella: its me Ella,come open your gate for us
to drive in
Me: Ella?
Ella: yes,we are outside your gate * hung up *
Mr: Jesus,they are here
I quickly opened my door,rushed to the
gate,opened it and Richard drove in,I locked
back the gate,Ella step down
Ella: sorry we are disturbin,Richard’s car got
spoilt,before we could finish the repairs it was
:8 30already so we just decided to buy the
dinner and bring it down here instead of
taking you out late *Richard came out of the
car *
Me: no nah you shouldn’t have bothered,we
can always go out another day
Richard: am so sorry
Me: not your fault so don’t be sorry
Ella: let’s go in please
Me: in? erm,erm,ok
Richard: hey girls come help me out with the
food * we both got to the back seat parking
the things there out *
Ella: *on getting inside* its ten
already,Richard are you sure we ain’t gonna
be sleeping over?
Me: *my heart skipped hearing that* sleep
*I said inwardly*
Richard: just pray I don’t get drunk so I can
drive you home.
those words resounded in my ears,I knew I
was in for it these night.


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