“DINNER WITH THE WOLVES (Season One)”
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Who is dead Sarah? Why the tears? I panicky asked. Kukua, I’m hurting deeply. I don’t know where I have gone wrong in this life. I simply don’t know why nature is paying my good deeds with excruciating pain.
She responded sadly. Sarah, you’ve still not said anything. Pull yourself together and tell me what I need to know. I said. Kukua, I caught my fiance Kwame and another woman in bed last night. I have wept throughout the night and I don’t know what else to do than to commit suicide. She explained.
Suicide? Sarah what has come over you? Have you so soon forgotten that you have a purpose in this life? Your father has toiled so hard in his police profession to cater for you, and here you are talking like the daughter of some loser. I responded unhappily. What else can I do Kukua? You and I know how much I love Kwame. Do you expect me to allow another woman to take my position? She asked.
That other woman took your position long ago before you caught them red handed. If a man sees beauty and satisfaction in another woman other than his own woman, then, that man has moved on in life without you. The best you can do right now is to be strong, and move on too. I know it isn’t easy, but you ought to do this for your future sake. I advised. Kukua, just look at you, look at how men are dying for you. Why can’t I get at least one man to like me? Why? She complained bitterly.
Sarah, it is no achievement if men like you? It is rather award winning if you get one genuine and true man like Agyei to love you. Stop cursing the bitter yesterday and pray for a better tomorrow. I advised again. I continued to console Sarah for days.
One afternoon when I visited her in her home, I met her with the mother in their rich, well decorated sitting room. Good afternoon mummy and daughter. I greeted. Good afternoon future best charcoal seller, how are you? The mother teasingly responded. Future best charcoal seller? Does this woman think I am going to sell charcoal for my entire life? I thought quickly. Kukua, why are you still standing, please have a seat. Sarah interrupted my thoughts. Mummy please I didn’t understand the name you used on me right now. I stated sadly. Come on Kukua, don’t sound as if mummy has insulted you. She only complimented your efforts. Sarah responded. Kukua, sorry if you are offended by what I said, but truth be told, I don’t see you furthering your education in the near future. Your parents are no more, and this charcoal business cannot take you through any tertiary institution considering the amount involved. Sarah’s mother explained.
My daughter is ready for school anytime, any day, because his father has saved enough towards that. She added. Mummy, in everything, God is the answer. I can’t sit here and condemn myself because of my current situation. Joseph was a slave in a foreign land, but God had his own way of blessing him. Going to school might not be today nor tomorrow, but it definitely be someday. I responded unhappily. Enough of this school talk Kukua, let’s talk about something else. Sarah interrupted quickly.
How is Agyei? Is he still treating you like a queen? She asked. I giggled for seconds. I must get going now Sarah, he might by now be waiting for me at home. I responded and stood up to leave. Not so fast Kukua. Listen to me like you would have done to your mother, Agyei will never marry you considering your background. His parents are my bosom friends and they have told me a lot about how they are ready to do anything humanly possible to stop their son from going out with you. Sarah’s mum cautioned. Thanks mummy for the advise, I must get going now. I responded and walked out.
Sarah escorted me to the gate. Sarah, I never knew your mother didn’t like me. This is the second time she is behaving this way towards me, and I am deeply hurt. I complained. Kukua, I don’t see anything wrong with the advice mum gave you. Besides, the truth can never be hidden. I have told you to forget Agyei and accept Edem’s proposal. I see a future between you two. She responded. Thanks for your advice Sarah. I’m glad you’ve recovered from your heartbreak, I think I should take a break from coming to visit you. Have a good day. I stated.
Kukua, are you walking out on me because my mum and I advised you? Sarah unhappily asked. No Sarah, I am walking away because I ought to. Being friends with someone who belittles your efforts is disheartening, and I can’t contain it any longer. I bluntly responded. Go to hell Kukua! You can choose to think whatever, but the truth will forever be. Jeeeezzz, what was I even thinking, when I befriended a low life bitter recalcitrant person like you? Well, it is never too late to let you know that this friendship is over! Sarah spoke harshly and walked out on me. I looked on almost in tears. What did I do wrong by registering my displeasure for the humiliations both mother and daughter have been giving me?
Well, it is her decision, and I can’t change that. I believe she will come around when she’s calm. I thought sadly and walked home. When I got to the house, I met Agyei seated in the compound with his face buried in his palms and his two big bags beside him. My heart began to beat faster. What is it Agyei? Are you traveling? I asked.
“DINNER WITH THE WOLVES (Season One)”
My heart began to beat faster. What is it Agyei? Are you traveling? I asked. Before my Agyei could utter a word, tears started spewing from his eyes. Kukua, my father has disowned me. He says I should quit my relationship with you or he won’t see me through school. He narrated. God of Isreal! Agyei this is becoming serious. And what did your mother also say? I asked in tears too. She supported my father’s decision Kukua. I don’t even know what to do? I am so hurt. He responded.
Agyei, please don’t be offended, but I suggest you go back to your parents. I said. What is that supposed to mean Kukua? Going back to my parents means I have accepted to break up with you, which I can never do. Kukua, just look into my eyes and tell me what you see.
If you see something lesser than true love, then, you didn’t stare into my eyes with love. Love besees love. Kukua, my heart beats for you every other second. Food without you as my taste bud is tasteless. Life without you as the air I breath, is lifeless. Nobody feels what I feel, but I swear, what I feel is stronger than death. Kukua, if you ever think I am going to leave you, then God punish your brains. If you ever think I can live without you, then God punish nature. You are my yesterday, today, and eternity. The only woman who is capable of making the world a better place.
Kukua, look around you and tell me who can ever be like you. You are so unique. Your pain is different, so is your happiness. Your dream is different, so will be your testimony. Life is not life, unless it is lived with you. People call you Kukua, but I call you Unique. People call you Kukua, but I call you Destiny People call you Kukua, but I call you perfect. My children will call you mother, but I will call you wife. If this is a battle, don’t consider yourself alone at the warfront. We will fight together and win together. School can wait, but my love for you cannot. Do you want my heart to curse me? Do you want my unborn kids to be mad at me? If the answer is no, then accept me into this home and let’s hustle together.
Kukua, I want us to sell the charcoal together. I want us to either be rich or poor together. Agyei spoke with so much passion. I groped the air to stop my tears from flowing, but it didn’t. I wept with love and pain at the same time. Kukua, please stop crying and talk to me. Am I welcome in your home? He asked.
Agyei, even if you want me to sleep outside and give you this house, I will. I have accommodated you in my heart, how much more my home? When I listen to music, the lyrics is you. When I read stories, the protagonist is you. When there is any war, the hero is you. Who will ever reject a man like you? Thanks so much for making me enviable among other women. Thanks a lot for loving me in spite of the stoppable. God bless you.
I responded in a mixed feeling and tried carrying one of the bags into the room. Stop it Kukua, how many times should I warn you not to lift heavy items? Don’t you know it is going to affect your health? Agyei yelled unhappily and took the bags from me. We stayed together happily for months, until the time for school approached and Agyei received his admission letter into the nursing training school.
Agyei, I am worried, I wish you could be in school. I stated. Kukua please, don’t stress yourself up. The right time will come. Currently, there is no money, and you know that. He dismissively responded. There is money Agyei. I have saved enough for your admission fee. I responded And what about the subsequent fees? How do I pay them? He asked. Agyei, I want to sell this house at a cheap price and rent another one somewhere, whiles I use the rest of the money to support you through school. I explained. Brilliant idea Kukua! If you can do all these for me, why don’t you do it for yourself? How better am I done you? He responded sarcastically.
Listen to me, it is my duty to cater for you, and if I can’t, I don’t expect you to force yourself to do what you cannot. He added. Agyei please, do this for me. Do this for the love we share. I want this charcoal business to put haters to shame. I pleaded. Kukua, the charcoal business is yours and not mine. I only came to support you to make it big. It will belong to us if we achieve our aim of making something meaningful out of it. I rather want you to put your enemies to shame. I want you to use the money for school. He insisted.
Agyei, I didn’t buy the forms, how do you expect me to go to school? I asked. My love, the truth is, I bought a teacher’s training college forms for you. Your admission letter came before mine, but I hid it to prevent you from being sad since there is no money. He explained. This is unbelievable! Agyei! Did you have to do that? I exclaimed happily. We both agreed for me to start schooling whiles Agyei continues with the charcoal business to support my fees. Preparation was made and I packed up my bags to the school, but before then, I passed by Sarah’s home to inform her.
Good morning mummy, please is Sarah home? I asked. How do you expect the daughter of a rich man to be home when time is up for school? She responded. I’m sorry mummy, I only came to inform her, I’ve also gained admission to go to school. I responded. And what money are you going to use to pay for the fees? Kukua or whatever you call yourself, if you happen to meet anywhere with my daughter in school, make sure you don’t hover your charcoal self around her. I am warning you. She angrily cautioned. I have heard you mummy, sorry for getting you angry. I responded sadly and walked to the school.
I was shown into my room and I met Sarah seated on one of the beds. Sarah, I didn’t know I will meet you here. What are you doing here? Don’t tell me you are my room mate. I screamed happily. I should be asking you that question madam charcoal seller. She teasingly responded. The other ladies burst into flames of laughter after hearing that name. God have mercy! Is this how Sarah is going to mock me with other people? I thought in pain.
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI
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