I opened the door and She walked in and started crying.
“Anike, I’m sorry for betraying you, I shouldn’t have done what I did, not after everything you’ve done for me. Jealousy made me do it.”
“Jealousy! You said you can date him, then. He’s still old or is he now younger?”
“I know I said so, I know he’s rich but I haven’t seen a man spent for a side chick like that before. At some point I even thought you are using jazz on him. Seeing all the thing he’s doing for you, I regret throwing away what belongs to me. Anike you have the whole of Admiral’s heart. See the way he handled the lecturer’s case. He loves and pampers you with everything he has and I became jealous all of a sudden.
Anike it’s not about the material things that made me grow jealous, you treat me well with everything you have, but the fact that a powerful wealthy man like that is under your finger tips is what arouse the jealousy the more.
I started plotting ways to separate the two of you for months. But couldn’t come up with anything, I know he trusts you so much.
Telling me about the infection was an opportunity, you told me you haven’t informed him and I know he’ll be mad if he hears it from someone else but I had to lie about you dating his friends just to make my story juicy” she confessed.
“Happy you betrayed me, I even stopped you from doing runs, I started paying you the money you make on weekends. I fund your boutique, I bought you a car, I feed you, you never brought a grain of rice into this house and you eat. I cloth you. What else do you want me to do that I never did. Once I get an alert, you get an alert too. I’ve been grateful enough for what you did for me. I will forever be indebted to you for connecting me with Prince Alawode. But you still choose to destroy my relationship with him” I said pouring out my heart.
“Please find it in your heart to forgive me, I’m truly sorry.”
“So where have you been since?” I asked Happy.
“I received a call from Prince Alawode and I knew my cover had been blown, I started packing my things. I moved it into my car, I was about to go out and some guys took me, one of them drove my car. I was blind folded. I only opened my eyes and met myself in a dark room.
They didn’t touch me, I was fed only cereal and water. I begged them to release me but they didn’t listen to my pleas. I even thought they were ritualist.
Until today when I got a call from Prince. One of the guys gave me the phone and I spoke with him. He said
“Happy this is just a tip of the iceberg, You messed with the wrong girl, you should be thankful, I hate shedding blood I would have waste you without a trace. I’m just doing this for now because she’s worried sick for a betrayal like you.
Happy if you touch a single strand on Anike’s hair, I’ll kill you and I mean I’ll kill you without leaving a trace.”
That was all he said, he did even gave me the chance to apologize.
He said he already ordered the guys to release me because of you. He said I must sign an undertaking which will be filed in police station. I signed an undertaking, it says anything that happens to you is going to be on me.
“Have learnt my lessons please forgive me and help me apologized to him. He also said he’ll make sure I graduate in this school without a certificate.”
“Ahn..ahn! But seriously you shouldn’t have played such pranks on him, do you think he wouldn’t find out the truth.”
“Help me beg him please, I know he’ll listen to you.”
“I don’t talk to him again since that day, I only called today because of you, I just found out from Tara today that you are missing, I knew he’s behind it, that’s why I gave him a call. Have already cut all ties with him before today.”
She knelt down and held me. “Eh…I’m finished, Anike please you have to talk to him, you have to mend your relationship with him or else I’ll be the one to face the consequences” She pleaded holding my legs.
“I’ll talk to him, please get up and stop kneeling like a little girl, a big girl like you.”
“Go and get your things back and move in.”
“Ha….Prince Alawode will kill me. He warned me sternly to stay away from you. We both know he’ll find out.”
“I’ll” I exclaimed.
“Don’t worry about me, I’ll stay with Tara. We just have few months to graduate.”
“OK, then. If you need anything don’t hesitate to tell me.”
She left later. I had to call Prince again, because I don’t understand why she won’t let the girl be.
I called his secured line again.
“Have you seen her?”
“Yes, but why all the threat nau, you even said he won’t graduate with a certificate.”
“I’m protecting you, that girl could endanger your life.”
“Prince keep your protection, I don’t need it. She’s a good person it’s only human for her to act like that.”
“What’s wrong with protecting the love of my life. Anyway I didn’t mean those threats, I know her to be a good person too, I just want to put her on the edge so she could tread carefully around you.”
“Better, you’ve done enough to her please let her be abeg. Good day!”
“Anike, don’t hang up. I’m coming back to Nigeria by the end of the week, I’ll see you then.”
“If you think I’ll come to your place when you return, then you are a joker except you’ll kidnapped me the way you kidnapped Happy” I scoffed.
“Anike…I’m not a kidnapper o, I just want to scare her that’s all.”
“I have a meeting now, I’ll call back later.” Please replace your sim, so we could talk.”
“I wont replace it, thanks for today anyway” I said and hung up.
The next day was my visits to the orphanage. I visited the orphanage every months. I had already bought the things I’m taking along with me the previous week. I believe in given back to the society.
One of the children at the orphanage called me aside when I was about to leave.
“Anty Anike, I had a bad dream about you” Lily said.
She’s one of my favorite at the orphanage.
“How bad was the dream, Pretty?”
“I can’t really explain, but I saw a man who instructed me to pass a message to you.
“What’s the message?” I asked.
“He said you must pray and seek God’s face before you take any decision that as to do with your future.”
“Alright dear, thanks.”
I left the orphanage and drove to straight home digesting what the girl said.
I went to school on Friday afternoon to returned some text books I borrowed from the library. From there I went to the supermarket to get some things for my sick course mate. I went to her hostel to visit her. I spent little time with her before I leave.
I left the hostel around six and I drove back home. I honked and waited for the gateman to open the gate. He opened after what took like forever. I drove in and I noticed some men in Navy Uniform. I looked up and saw the Boss himself sitting on a plastic chair in my corridor.
“What’s he doing here” I asked no one in particular. He has never set foot in my house before.
I made to reverse before the gate was closed.
“Lock that gate” he commanded the gateman and I wonder if he’s the one paying his salary. He obeyed and locked the gate.
Good, I locked my doors and stay put in the car. For like ten minutes I was there and he was watching. He later walk up to the car and knocked the window.
I didn’t move, he knocked again and I whined down.
“What?” I asked.
“Get down” I did not answer him.
“Anike stop been stubborn and get down from the damn car!” He ordered.
I turned off the ignition, took my key and Gucci handbag and alighted.
“You! I pointed at the gateman, follow him when he’s going, maybe he could get you a job because you have no job here again. I promise you, I’ll see to that” I lash at the gateman.
“Madam….” the gateman called out but I waved him off.
I made for the door and Prince followed. I retrieve the key from my bag and unlock the door. Two of the naval officers also followed us in.
I dumped my bag and keys on the couch and went into the kitchen and get myself a chilled bottle water, I deliberately didn’t ask him if he cares for water or anything. I went back into the sitting room.
He was still busy scanning the room.
“Nice apartment” He commended.
“All thanks to your money” I scoffed.
“I like your family picture” he said referring to the picture hung on the wall. I just muttered an inaudible ‘thank you.’
“Anike…What can I do to make things right between us?”
“How many times will I tell you that there is no ‘us.’ We are no longer an item” I stated.
“Anike please…he wanted to prostrate, but I held him back.
“Prince stop all this, your subordinates are around and you are doing all this. You use to forget that you are old enough to be my father.”
“Let me prostrate, I don’t care who’s watching as long as you come back to me, please let’s moved pass this, I want things back the way they are before.”
“Prince you accused me of sleeping with your friends and even your PA.”
“Anike forgot everything I said, just come back to me.”
“I’ll think about it.”
“My princess, I can’t live without you, you are my world. He knelt down in front of me.
“Prince I don’t like all this, you know we are not alone.”
Although the officers are backing us. I felt pity for him, this is someone’s father for crying out loud.
“It’s OK, stand up first” My eyes were already filled with tears and it started flowing.
“Anike please don’t cry, I will never hurt you again” he wiped my tears.
“I love you Anike!”
“I love you too!”
And that was the truth, I’m in love with a man old enough to be my father. And he loves me to a fault too. And I wondered where this relationship will leads us.
I pulled him up and he kissed me passionately, like that would be his last kiss on earth. I kissed him back.
I remembered we are not alone and it’s time for us to get a room. I led him into my room and we made love.
I stood up to wash up while he scanned my room and saw his picture frame on my bedside table.
“And someone is pretending like she doesn’t miss me” he said pointing at the frame.
“The picture has always been there” I said.
Though He has my pictures in his bedroom too, even in his office. He has my pictures and that of the kids on his table.
“You need to leave now, it’s getting late and your men are waiting outside” I pointed out.
“I’m sleeping over.”
“Do you expect them to stand there all through the night?”
He left the room and I followed him. He told them to go and lodge in a hotel. One of them volunteered to stay behind. I guessed for security reasons.
The others left. I made dinner for the three of us. I told the officer to sleep in the spare room but he said he prefers the sitting room.
We left the sitting room for my room. And we got talking.
“Why didn’t you tell me about Mark.”
“How many people do you want me to report” I countered.
“Meaning, he’s not the only one!”
“I’ll call him back tomorrow.”
We had sex again and slept. Early in the morning, they set out straight to the airport.
PA had already resumed work. He has been trying to talk Prince into getting his own private jet. The reason he didn’t get one before now is because the Navy’s private jets are all at his disposal. So he thought it unnecessary to get a personal one.
After so much persuasion from his PA, he decided to buy one.
He got the private jet a week to my birthday. Prince asked if I need anything. I told him I’m OK with anything he gives me for birthday. Unknown to me, he had already made plans. He just told me we’ll be travelling for my birthday.
On the D-day. I wore a Vera Wang Vintage style sleeveless Mesh Wine dress, with a Prada peep toe heels and bag. We got to the airport and I was surprised at what I saw when I stepped into the private jet.
I saw a live band, A celebrity photographer, My two closest naval officers friends, the two Chefs from the house and his PA. My cake was beautiful with my name inscribed on it.
Then the jet took off. We are on air throughout for the birthday party, we are not traveling anywhere. He just wanted me to celebrate it on air.
PA was the MC, After brief introduction of the celebrant. Prince was asked to talk about me and for the next 20min, he was gushing about me. Others too said one or things.
The live band started playing and food was served.
The Pilot was told to turn back when we were done.
He took me inside one of the inner cabin, where I relaxed on his chest.
“Do you mind having sex on plane?” he asked.
“Wow! That will be great. Have you had sex on the plane before?” I asked.
“Yes, I have.”
“With who?” I asked pouting.
“Are you jealous?” You need to see your face.”
“I’m not jealous, I’m sure is more than one woman.”
“You use to forget I was once married. Anyway real men don’t kiss and tell.”
“You brilliantly ignore the question, right?”
He smiled. “So let’s set a record” I said and minutes later we were both panting, after sex.
I try to dress up but my gown was a bit rough.”
“Prince, my dress is rough, this fabric gets squeezed easily” I said.
“Here” he handed me a bag.”
“What! you brought an extra dress? So you planned this?”
“Plan what?” he said helping me into the dress.
“Sex on the plane.”
“Let’s just say it’s part of your birthday gifts.” He kissed me and we left the cabin to join the others.
Some minutes later, the plane landed.
That Man knows how to make a lady feel on top of the world, that’s exactly the way I felt on my birthday.
READ EPISODE 27&28
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI