“Are you expecting….
The bodyguards entered before I could finish my statement.
Then his Governor friend, Governor Mark walked in with his security officers.
“Your excellency Sir” I greeted him.
“How are you Anik?” He offered me a handshake and I took it.
“I’m fine sir, welcome. I’m on my way out before you came in. Have a nice stay sir.”
“Anike, I said you are going no where.”
“Prince what is going on here, I can tell she had been crying, look at her face?”
“We had a little misunderstanding…
“What’s this, he sighted the test result and picked it. “Gabriel is your princess pregnant?” he asked playfully, though he’s the funny type.
“I wish” he replied.
He checked the results and told his men to stand down. They left remaining just the three of us.
“Prince you have infection! when did you start playing around?”
“Give me the papers Jo, nossy governor. Why did you even think I was the one playing around in the first place?”
“Cos I know your girl is faithful.”
“Anike you really have fans o, Mark even trusted you more than me his friend. Good for you.”
“You won’t understand, in fact I have a confession to make.
“Well, when you started dating Anike, I thought she was just some random girl that you’ll soon give up, so people like us could have a share too. But when I realized that you’re still keeping her, Despite the fact that we pressure you to remarry and you said no. I decided to know what’s so good about her that made you stick with her this long.
I know Anike never mentioned what I’m about to say to you. Because I’m very sure you would have confronted me if you know about it” He continued.
“I summoned Anike to my guest house one, she came and I told her I wanted her just for a night. Just to be sure of what you’re enjoying so much in her. She told me she’s not a prostitute and I smiled. Everyone has a price right? So I wrote a cheque of # 5M and gave it to her. She rejected it. “Oh Alawode has spoilt you with money right” so I thought. So I wrote her another cheque of # 10M
Guess what she did Gab, she tore it and stormed out of the room. Not scared of what I could do to her. I was dumbfounded. Who rejects #10M for just one night. Do you now see reasons why I trusted her?” Gov Mark explained.
Prince was shocked at her friend’s revelation.
“She never mentioned it. Please Mark plead with her on my behalf, I accused her wrongly, I was misinformed.”
“Gab, you believe a stranger’s words over hers?”
“Just beg her for me Mark, I’ve always trusted her, the result made me accuse her wrongly.”
“Anike… please forgive him hun! You know he’s deeply sorry, you are his life o, don’t send him to early grave.”
“Anike please…..” he added.
“Admiral Gabriel Alawode!” I cut in. The only thing you can do for me now is to give me the name of your informant” I said.
“Anike leave that to me, I’ll personally deal with the person.”
“Did you hear him, he’s even protecting the person” I said facing Governor Mark.
“I’m not protecting her, I’m protecting you”
“I don’t need your protection, give me the name or I’ll leave.”
“Anike, he might have his reasons, just let it go” said Mr Govenor.
“Your excellency, I won’t until he gives me a name.”
“Anike not now.”
I picked my bag and thanked the Governor.
“Anike it’s getting late, you don’t have to leave.”
“As if you care” I hissed.
“Really As if I care?” He was disappointed at what I said but I can’t take it back.
“Thank you I can take care of myself” I said and left.
I got into the compound and my instinct told me to lurk around. He might want to tell the governor who the culprit was. I walk down to the side of the house, I stood by the window side. I peeped and saw him with his phone, he placed a call. I decided to eavesdrop.
“Happy or whatever you call yourself, how dare you play dirty pranks on me, so you betrayed your friend! You are as good as dead.. You will never try such again with her. I swear on my father’s throne, I’ll make sure I make your life a living hell” Prince said with rage and hung up.
“Oh my God! Happy!” I couldn’t hold the tears not after everything I’ve done for her.
Hi readers, Let’s take a quick break to discuss lessons learnt from Happy’s case.
I’d like to say one or two things about Happy’s case before moving on to the next episode.
First and foremost I want so say this, that as human it’s very difficult for us to celebrate other people’s success.
Irrespective of gender, There is 99.9% probability that some of us will do the same if we found ourselves in Happy’s shoe.
Do you think it’s easy to watch people close to you succeed while you are still struggling to get to the top?
Friends will tell you “Congratulations, I’m happy for you” but the truth is that most of them don’t mean it, they can only pretend to be.
Some will not even take any evil step but deep down they are bittered. Some will even keep their distance from that successful friend/family.
More reasons why we must surround ourselves with good people and stop flaunting our success on people’s faces. Especially in this age of social media.
People now runs the affairs of their lives on social media platforms. There are some things that needs to be private cos we live in a wicked world.
Now this is exactly where I’m going. The question is how can will manage successful friends around us?
I thought about it and there is just one answer I could come up with….
It will only take God’s grace to overcome things like this. Envy is one of the fruit of the flesh, If you are being controlled by the flesh, then trust me you’ll found yourself in Happy’s shoe. We are all quick to judge her but are we going to do better?
If you are deeply rooted in God’s words then you can easily overcome the flesh. The Bible says.
“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
When you are not controlled by your flesh, then you’ll be able to look past other people’s achievement and hold on to God for a better tomorrow. The Bible says.
“He makes all things beautiful in his time.”
Your friends are doing great today doesn’t mean God has forgotten you, your own time will surely come.
The person that bought a car last year is now using a old model because the new model is out.
“The race is not for the swift, nor the battle to the strong but time and chance happens to them all.” -Eccl 9:11
Putting off another person’s candle won’t make yours shine brighter.
Let’s have the right mindset and the world will be a better place for us to live in.
I got back to my apartment, Happy wasn’t home, I went to her room but to my surprise, she had packed all her things, not even a single pin was left. The whole room was clean.
Prince’s threat really scared her, so I thought. I went to my room, lay on the bed still brooding, I was hungry but I had no appetite. I wanted to cry but I was tired, Prince disappointed me, after all the sacrifices I made for him. I choose not to keep a boyfriend not because I don’t have admirers but because I thought he deserves to have me alone for himself at least for now.
I was even scared for Happy, Despite his riches, connection and power, he never abused it. He doesn’t use his power to destroy people. I just hope he won’t hurt Happy.
“What has Happy gotten herself into” I said to myself. I’ve never seen Prince threathen someone like that before, he sound like he meant every word he told Happy. I doubt if it’s an empty threat.
Come to think of it, people are wicked o, what did I do to deserve this from her. I even gave her #1.5M yesterday. She said she needed it for her boutique. No wonder her boutique business is running down, an adage in Yoruba says ‘If you are betraying someone secretly, bad things will be crawling into your life secretly too.’
I called my Mum, Okiki is now awake and I spoke with him. I told her to let me know if they need anything because I’m not prepared to go to Lagos any time soon, not this week. Prince started calling and I didn’t pick it, when the calls was getting annoying, I switched off my phone.
“What a bad day” I said to myself as I stormed on my bed to sleep.
First it was infection, then my brother’s surgery, Prince’s wrong accusations and a friend’s betrayal, all in one day. I travelled from school to Lagos, Lagos to Abuja and from Abuja back to school. What a day!” I thought as I drifted to sleep.
The next day, Governor Mark called me, he apologized on Prince’s behalf. I deceived him and told him have forgiven Prince and it’s over. Who am I to say no to the governor. He was happy and ended the call.
I remembered Prince said something about his net worth. I decided to find out on goggle since the federal government had already instructed all government officials to declare their assets. I entered his name on the search box. I wondered why I did not think of this before now.
The results came up, then I saw the option for his net worth. I clicked on it and I couldn’t believe what I saw hundreds of million US dollars. And I’m very sure this people will never declare their full assets. No wonder he said he can buy me anything money can buy other heaven. He can keep his money to himself for all I care.
A week later, my brother was discharged from the hospital. I had also completed the doses of the drugs I was given in the hospital, so I went back to the hospital for a rechecked. Luckily infection was gone.
I still refuse to pick Prince’s call. When his calls persists, I bought another line and registered it. When he discovered the line was no more available, He sent his men to my place to pick me up and I refused to follow them.. I even thought they’ll take me forcefully but they didn’t.
“One of the men called him to tell him I refused to follow them. He ended the call and told the others that Prince said they should let me be. So they left after taking instructions from their boss. I knew he’s traveling to Dublin the following week, more reason why he is desperate to see me.
When all his effort to reach me proves abortive. He stopped reaching out. He still send me money weekly. I sent him a message on Facebook to stop sending me money but he wouldn’t listen.
I finished my lecture for the day, I was about to enter my car when one of Happy’s friend approached me.
“Good afternoon Anike.”
“Good afternoon….Tara, right?
“Yes, I checked at your house yesterday but you are not in. I’ve not seen Happy for three weeks now. I thought she traveled before and doesn’t want me to now her whereabouts. But now I’m worried, I’ve been calling since and her phone was switched off. I also checked at her department I was told she hadn’t been attending lectures for weeks now. She’s also not online. I just hope she’s OK” she informed.
“Happy moved out of my house weeks ago, though we have issues to trash out. I called her number severally, it wasn’t available. I thought she did that just to avoid me. But now that you mentioned she’s not been attending lectures, I don’t know what to make out of that” I stated.
“May be we’ll have to report to the school authority” she suggested.
Something is fishy, and I can only trace it to Prince.
“No Let’s wait I promise I’ll find her. But if I can’t in the next three days, then we’ll report” I said and she agreed.
I entered into the car. “You can join me, if you are going home, I’ll drop you off” I offered.
She entered into the car and I drove out of parking lot.
She alighted at her bus stop that is before mine. I was alone now in the car, so I could think.
“Something is not right, I didn’t meet Happy in the house that very day, all are things are gone too. Prince already called her before I left his house in Abuja. I hope Prince hadn’t abducted Happy. He said he’ll make her life a living hell. Prince is not that kind of person, I wonder what he’s up to. I silently pray she’s fine.
I got to my apartment and changed into a top and short. Afterwards I called Alawode secured line, I’m not sure which country he is presently. All I know is that he’s not in Nigeria.
I placed the call. “Your access code please” the receiver said from the other side.
“364IM7J” I replied.
“Hold on for some minutes please this call will be forwarded” The receiver’s voice said.
5 minutes later, I heard his rich baritone voice which I’ve missed but I tried to put myself together.
“Admiral Gabriel Alawode! Where’s Happy?” I asked authoritatively.
“So you called because of that low life girl, after avoiding me for three good weeks!”
“That does not answer my question, where is she?”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“Oh! You think I don’t know. OK let me burst your bubbles. I heard your conversations with Happy before I left your house and I heard all the threats.
“Stay out of it Anike, that girl needed to be thought a lesson.”
“I won’t stay out of it, where is she, where did you keep her?”
“Anike I’ve been trying to reach you for three good weeks now but to no avail, what you’re doing to us is not fair.”
“I’m talking about someone’s lives you are talking about us. See there is no more ‘us.’ Just tell me where she is.”
“Did you just say there is no us. Then your friend will rot in prison.”
“Prince you really disappointed me, I thought you are one of the few people who doesn’t abuse their power.”
“Anyone who messes with you, messes with me and won’t get away with it.”
“Why are you making another person’s business yours, I can handle my friend you don’t have to interfere.”
“I know you still held her because the two of us are not on good terms, don’t pour your frustration on her. You are the one who did not trust your girlfriend enough and that is on you.”
“Please hang up, if you don’t have any better thing to say” he said angrily.
I quickly sobered up. “Prince, I’m on my knees please release her. I know she did wrong by poking into our affair. Please release her” I pleaded crying.
“Don’t overwork yourself she’s OK, I just want to torment her a bit, so stop crying.”
“Do you agree to release her now?”
“What about us?”
“We’ll talk about that later, I want Happy at my door step today. Then we can talk about us.”
“Request granted” he said and ended the call.
True to his word, In the evening my Door bell rang and I checked the peep hole, it was Happy in flesh and blood.
* One thing I appreciate in Anike; that’s, her high self esteem.
READ EPISODE 25&26
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI