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I LOVE YOU, BUT….
Winter knew she had to play the game differently. She couldn’t move into their house. That way she would be visible to their friends and family. Their friends would spot her out immediately. She had to take them away from where they had people who could talk sense into them. Also, should Beauty found a way to escape, she could return to the house.
She was going to play this card Pamilerin had handed over to her differently.
Winter picked up her phone and replied instead…
” So thoughtful of you, but I am afraid I might be turning it down. Your house is pretty small ( no offense). I wouldn’t want to be a burden. Thank you so much for the thought.”
She sent the text and waited for the answer…She knew she would be awake…
Pamilerin texted back…
” No way are you a burden, it’s a pleasure to have someone like you at our home, we will make the girls vacate their room and they will be staying with my maid. Besides it is temporary”
Winter got the text , shook her head and said out loud..
” STUPID WOMAN!”
Winter sent a reply …
” Now, you want to make me cry…so much love… or what about this? Why don’t I buy a five bedroom apartment at Banana Island and you move in with me instead. I would definitely love to be in the same house with the most amazing couple I have ever met and we can live as brother and sisters while I am around. After I go back to Canada, you can either remain in the house or return to your house..”
Pamilerin jumped from the bed on receiving the message…
” Jesus! Is this how you answer prayers?…Banana Island! And the house will become ours after she is gone? ” Pamilerin started dancing…
Freeman turned to see his wife dancing…
” What’s up?”
” You know your wife is smart right?’” Pamilerin said jumping back to the bed.
” Yeah… What has my smart wife done?” Freeman asked. He knew when Pamilerin switches to the business mode, her brain was always in the overdrive.
” I sent her a text about her coming to live with us, and she replied appreciating it but she felt she would be inconveniencing us, soooooo …..” Pamilerin said feeling very excited
” Sooooo?” Freeman couldn’t imagine what was coming next
” So, she is getting us a 5 bedroom apartment in Banana Island, so we can stay together. ” Pamilerin modified the truth a bit.
” Us?” Freeman asked
” Yeah… The house will be ours, we will stay there after she is gone!” Pamilerin said
Freeman was short of words, he was beginning to see this whole arrangement as wrong, but on the other hand, Since Pamilerin was involved things would not go wrong…
But he needed to speak with this woman!
He stood up from the bed and picked up his laptop.
” I have to finish up some work” Freeman said as he walked out to the Living room. It wasn’t out of the ordinary as Freeman was always using the dining table if he had to work from home.
” Ok… now, it is my turn to sleep” Pamilerin said happily.
Beauty wasn’t sleeping as her night was the same with her day.
She had decided to follow Lara’s advise but something kept reminding her of a prophecy that was said concerning her as a little child.
While living with her grandmother, she had followed her grandmother to several churches. Her grandmother was always going from one church to the other.
On one of such church outings, specifically at a White garment Church, a young girl had prophesied to her in these words….
” Darkness is coming to face you, but if you make the Lord your light, His light will swallow that darkness”
The words started echoing in Beauty’s ears and though it had been over 20 years, it was sounding fresh in her ears…
” Is this the darkness I am suppose to face?” Beauty asked herself…
Remi was having a nightmare. She found herself fighting against a thick darkness that had the form of a woman… She struggled with it, but the moment she shouted ” BLOOD OF JESUS!” the figure disappeared.
Dearest Mum was having a revelation as well…
She saw a little child she had bathed for running back into the mud and messing her beautiful dress up…
Dearest Mum woke up and the first name that came to her mind was Pamilerin…
She immediately picked her phone. She dialed her number…
Pamilerin was already sleeping. She heard the phone ringing, she saw the caller ID, it was ” Pr!vate Number”.
” I am not in the mood for any scammer this night.” She ended the call and went back to sleep.
Freeman dialed Winter’s number… Winter was expecting the call…
” Hello…I have been expecting your call… Why is your wife bent on me staying at your place.” Winter attacked. It was all part of the game…
” Erm… I…” Freeman was caught off guard. Freeman knew Pamilerin could be pushy if she wanted to achieve something especially business wise… but he thought Pamilerin said Mrs Winter was willing to stay with them.
” I think she likes you… She is not usually this friendly” Freeman quickly defended his wife
” I hope so… so what do you think about me getting the 5 bedroom?”
” You don’t have to get it… I mean she only offered you our place because she felt concerned about you spending so much at Renaissance, but if you are cool with where you are, just turn down her offer.”
” That might destroy the trust we are trying to build. I think I know the game your wife is trying to play… I was once a married woman , so I can understand what she is playing at… Bring the rival close so you can watch
closely… Your wife wants me under the same roof so she can have her eyes on me…”
” No…I don’t think so, my wife would never want to set her eyes on someone I am dating.”
” Dating? You talk like we are already in a relationship…” Winter said laughing…
” Never mind, I was just pulling your legs…” Winter quickly added when she felt the brief silence
” In the process of pulling the legs, please don’t let me lose it.” Freeman replied with a joke…
They both shared a moment of laughter before Wintet said…
” On a second thought, I think your wife is genuinely nice, maybe I am just overthinking things. I will get the apartment tomorrow. At least Let’s get to know ourselves for one or two months, who knows I may not need the assurance of marriage. ” Winter said
” We may not?” Freeman felt like he just heard the best news of his life…
” Yeah, like I told you, I was proposing the marriage to protect myself, but if we become real family friends, my fears may become nonexistent.”
” Thank you! Thank you for trusting my family and I. “
” It’s okay…” Winter replied. She knew she had won him over. Humans are greedy. She knew how she won him. He wanted something without giving out anything in exchange.
” Selfish goat! You think you won’t give anything yet you want to get 70 million dollars, Sorry bro, you are going to give everything and get nothing… Ole! Thief! Barawo!” Winter said within herself ..
” So let me let you rest… I am the one who doesn’t sleep. Don’t let me initiate you into that!” Winter said putting another card on their game table…She was going to need that card someday.
” You don’t sleep? Why?”
” Insomnia…after I lost my husband, I hardly sleep three hours a day?”
” Why not try sleeping pills?”
” Pills are not my thing! I will be fine… maybe when I stay around you guys, I might get to sleep soundly”
” Well, I believe that would happen.” Freeman laughed
” So I hope this is not a bad time to ask, since the marriage assurance is out of the way, when are we going to be signing the papers” Freeman asked
” Two months from now. Let me live with your family for two months and see if I can entrust all I have into your hands…”
” Fair enough… ” Freeman said smiling… He had a thing for wise and smart women. He liked the fact Mrs Winter was business minded.She would eventually make a great business partner…
After ending the call…He smiled to himself…
” My life is made… I will have two women in my life who will help my career A business minded wife and a rich business partner. “
Winter couldn’t help but laugh out loud…
” Now, it is time to have a beautiful threesome!” Winter said throwing her fist in the air.
I LOVE YOU, BUT….
“Do you like it?” Winter said as she took Freeman and Pamilerin round the six bedroom duplex she had bought. She had withdrawn the money from her husband’s account. She knew trouble would come knocking soon from that quarters but she had to handle this first.
” Like? You mean do you love? Love is even an understatement…Wow, this is my dream home …” Pamilerin said
” So when are you moving in?” Winter asked
” Like since yesterday..” Pamilerin said laughing.
” Your children will love the play area at the back.”
” There is a play area?” Pamilerin asked with eyes popped out in happiness and unbelief.
” Yes and a swimming pool” Winter said laughing.
Freeman’s phone rang . It was one of the investors he had been chasing for over two years. When he saw the called ID, his heart flipped. He knew it was wise for him to step aside and receive the call…
” I have to take this call, you can go ahead, I will join you.” Freeman said
Winter wondered who the caller was and why he couldn’t pick up the call in front of his wife.
” Maybe another girlfriend? Hmm…this guy may not be as simple as I think he is..” Winter thought as she kept looking over her shoulder to where Freeman was receiving his call…
” Oh my Goodness…this is amazing…Mrs Winter, You are an answer to my prayers… Oh my God… this place is like paradise” Pamilerin said as she turned in mini circles in excitement.
” Your husband has another woman…” Winter said out of the blues. She was getting tired of Pamilerin acting like a child. She wanted to speed up this game..
” Sorry?” Pamilerin turned to face her suddenly
” I am sorry..Forget you heard me say anything. I sometimes get carried away when I see women being cheated on , especially good women.” Winter said
” I don’t get you… what do you know about him you don’t want me to know?” Pamilerin said
” Can your heart take it and you won’t react like a child?” Winter replied
” I am not a child!” Pamilerin said faking a smile.
” Well, ever since your husband and I met, i notice he receives all calls in front of me, but one particular call, he moves away. I think he has a pet name for her. He calls her Beauty”
Pamilerin’s world came crashing… Beauty was the lady Freeman just broke up with.
” He is still seeing her?” Pamilerin said as she staggered a bit and fell into the pool. Winter jumped into the pool. At that moment, Freeman turned back, Winter quickly faked a smile giving him the impression they were playing. Freeman also could not hang up, instead he walked away …
” Are you okay? Can you swim?” Winter asked with a concerned look.
Pamilerin nodded and with a shaky voice she said
” But he told me it was over between them.”
” That’s a big lie. They talk everyday. He is definitely speaking with her.” Winter said
Pamilerin made the move to approach him but Winter pulled her back into the water and rested her back on the wall of the pool.
” And where are you going? To confront him? Sister, don’t be a baby… If you do, out of cowardice he will tell the other girl off and that girl will get mad at you.
And I don’t know if you know, some of these girls are witches, they will go diabolical on your case…Sis, they will kill you before you know.”
” So I should just let him continue this wickednes? I made Freeman. Freeman’s business grew because of my guardians. “
” There is a way to go about things like this. Don’t be a small girl. We can scatter them and put him under your armpit.”
” Put him under my armpit?”
“Yes sis, that was the mistake i made. My husband died on a woman. He had a heart attack while riding her. When the Police arrested her, she confessed to putting my husband under her armpit. Sister, if I had known about putting men under one’s armpit, my husband would still be alive. At least I would have sent such woman away from him…”
” Like seriously, how can I put him under my armpit?” Pamilerin asked ” I hope it is not anything diabolic”
” No, just herbal aphrodisiac…It is from plants. God created plants for our use…It will increase your husband’s s€xual appetite for you. All he will be thinking about is you and that will make him run away from other women.” Winter said
” Really? I think I have heard about it before, but I thought it was evil as it was used by most side ch!cs to snatch men from their wives” Pamilerin said
” Well, don’t you think housewives need to be smarter, it is better they use it on their husbands before the side ch!cs use it. You had better use it before this Beauty lady use it on your husband.” Winter said
Pamilerin felt uncertain about it but thinking about all the money Freeman would be making from Mrs Winter soon, she didn’t want to lose out. She didn’t want Beauty displacing her.
She nodded her head in agreement to Winter…
” How do we get it?”
” We will order it and it will be delivered to us” Winter knew better than suggesting Pamilerin should follow her to Baba Shagba, besides she wasn’t planning to give her the aphrodisiac. She was going to give a something else. The exact opposite of what she would be expecting.
Baba Shagba was going to prepare the charm and send it through a despatch rider. She would tell Baba Shagba to package it well.
” How much?” Pamilerin said distracting Winter from her thoughts.
” Leave that to me… That would be a gift from me to you. You should get it in 3 days, but meanwhile don’t let your husband suspect anything.” Winter said
” Let’s get out of this pool…”
” Sure, can we go in? I think the way I fell into the water put more pressure on the Leg. I am beginning to have the burning sensation
” Oh the Leg! I can ask the Aphrodisiac woman if she has any ointment that can help with pain.” Winter said
” That will be nice… Thank you so much… Are you real?” Pamilerin said smiling
” Am I real? What do you mean?” Winter feared Pamilerin was beginning to suspect her…
” I mean, you are everything i have been praying for…a friend, a sister, a confidant, an adviser… I should tell you my story one of these days… I grew up as a maid so I didn’t have friends. The daughters of my boss turned guardian always saw me as the girl from the village though they pretended to see me as they equal, but I could read a lot in their eyes.”
” Really? You are no more a maid, you are a beautiful, strong woman!” Winter said as she softly touched Pamilerin’s cheeks. She had seen an entry point. She pulled her of the water…
“Let me carry you on my back to reduce the pressure from your leg” Winter said
Winter crouched expecting Pamilerin to hop on her back…She could see that Pamilerin was a woman who saw herself less of who she was. She would be hungry for female acceptance and female Love.
” No way, I weigh 80kg” Pamilerin said smiling…
” Try me…” Winter said…
Pamilerin hopped on her back laughing…
” So tell me more about yourself…” Winter said as she carried her towards the house.
Freeman saw Mrs Winter carrying Pamilerin, he was comfortable with the sight.
Freeman laid on the bed full of excitement. He was however trying so hard to curtail the excitement so Pamilerin wouldn’t get the gist of what had happened earlier…
He was having the best time of his life…
The investor who called him earlier said he was finally ready to invest one billion Naira into his company …
The man was one of the popular businessmen in the country. He had been trying to convince him for two years, but suddenly he was interested in investing…
” 1 billion Naira”
” Maybe I should drop Mrs Winter, Chief Gabriel is a better option. He already has a business network in the country and besides it was safer partnering with someone of the same s€x” Freeman had thought earlier but on a second thought, he saw it as stupidity losing one investor when he could have two…
” I will keep the two of them, but I won’t tell Pamilerin yet.” Freeman had concluded on their way back from the house.
He noticed Pamilerin was getting too interested in the finance of his business. It was therefore wise not to let her in on the 1 billion Naira investment.
” Who called you this afternoon while we were at the house?” Pamilerin said.
Freeman jumped in fear…
” You were not sleeping?” Freeman asked as he tried to gather his thoughts
” Obviously!” Pamilerin replied
” Not someone important …just an old friend” Freeman said
” And you had to go to a corner to receive her call!”
” Firstly, he wasn’t a ” her”. He was a “He” and secondly as much as we are trying to be open and friendly with Mrs Winter, I am not about to open my entire life to her.. That leads me to saying, you should be careful..I see how you adore her, remember….you just met her. Also, I don’t think we should move in with her.”
” What? You are just saying that now! after she has paid for the house because of us..Too late dear husband. If you are not ready to move in with us, myself, my children and Remi would move in…
Freeman don’t spoil this big chance God has given us to be better than those who thought what could possibly come out from us.” Pamilerin said referring to Dearest Mum’s children. Pamilerin had hidden envy and bitterness towards Dearest Mum’s daughters. She felt they thought less of her and she hopes to one day be richer than them.
Freeman wanted to tell her about the new door that was opened but he restrained himself…
” There is no harm in having two options, I will keep both of them and whoever signs first wins me” Freeman concluded…
Pamilerin on the other hand, knew she needed the Aphrodisiac so she could put Freeman under her armpit, for him not to mess up this opportunity.
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