©Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

I was seated around 11:30am in my new restaurant which was just in front of our house. That was about the only time I was usually free during the day. The traffic was always less. I was blushing at the thought that Mr Gbesan was going to show up soon. I knew his timing. He also knew that was the time of the day he could ever have my undivided attention..

I didn’t know my smile was so obvious Gold noticed, but before I could ask her why the strange look she was giving me, she snapped her fingers in front of me and said…

” Mum, if that man keeps doing this to you, I will poison him real soon!

” What?” I said pretending to be clueless…

” Mum, I don’t like this Mr Gbesan, he is giving you false hope”

” Gold, Your father has not called me in two months, but he has a woman warming his bed and you want me to die of loneliness?. It’s not like I am planning to do anything stupid with Mr Gbesan, I can’t commit adultery…All I need is just a friend “

“ Mum, I am your friend, Aunty Isokene is your friend, Emerald is your friend, you don’t need any other friend…I am not…” she was saying

I had to cut her because Mr Gbesan’s car had just parked in front of us, Gold noticed my shift in attention and she followed my gaze…

“ Talk about the devil and he shows up , Mum I am so going to poison this man soon” She said walking towards the entrance of the restaurant

“ And you will spend the rest of your life in jail” I said jokingly

“ I don’t mind, even if I lose my life, it will be worth it…”

But I didn’t understand why she was going towards Mr Gbesan until it was too late…

“ Welcome sir!”

“ Good Afternoon Gold”

“ We are still in the morning sir, and that’s why I came here to block you from entering sir… Mum is quite busy”

“Gold!” I shouted at her as I pushed her away from the entrance “ You don’t talk to our customer like this, I am very sorry Mr Gbesan”

“ Our customer?… Mum?… Mr Gbesan, please help me clarify your intentions so my Mum knows why you are here. Are you here for the food or for her?” Gold asked very bluntly

“ Which one do you think?” Mr Gbesan said talking in an understanding way and with a mischievous smile

“ With the way you look at her, it is obvious you are here for her!” Gold said

“ You are very observant, but I guess you have a problem with it?” He asked

“ Sir, you are highly observant too, Yes! I have a big problem with it… You are distracting my mum from the real thing…She is always blushing, she…”

I was about to cut in, when Mr Gbesan said

“ So you mean your Mum likes me too?”

Gold gave Mr Gbesan an Epic look that said “ No, like seriously?”

“ Even the flies in this canteen are already discussing it sir, with all due respect….Please sir, my father is not dead, he is just emotionally and psychologically lost and we are in the process of finding him, Please sir stop distracting my Mum from this search….”

And there was silence in the restaurant…as we were the only ones there….

“ You are one hell of a smart 14 year old child and knowing that it was your mother who trained you to be this smart, you just made my love and respect for her increase… I am sorry Gold, I don’t think I can grant you your request but as a business man I will like to be fair, Let’s have a deal”

“ What?” Gold asked as I watched in silence as Gold stood face to face with the domineering Mr Gbesan…

“ I will give your father two years to get back your mother, if he doesn’t within those two years, I would gladly get married to your mother and be happy to have you as my step daughter “ he said grimacing

Another moment of silence, Gold stretched forth her hand to accept his handshake to seal the deal

“ Accepted,but that is because, TWO years is TOO much for God to do WHAT I KNOW HE WANTS TO DO…” Gold said with a smile of mockery

I watched in amazement as my daughter was acting like she was my mother…and Gold added

“ But, you must be careful not to cloud her within those two years”

“ I will try my best, so that means I have the permission to date her”

“ No, just her friend”. At that same instant my phone beeped and it was a text message from Henry. He simply wrote

“ Thanks for all the messages you have been sending, I appreciate them. I miss you, I hope you are fine?”

I don’t why I quickly deleted the message, Maybe I didn’t want Gold seeing it or maybe I was already falling for Mr Gbesan…

©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

Mr. Gbesan was spoiling me silly, with gifts, text messages and Love. Henry had started replying my early morning text to him, although it didn’t mean much to me, as Mr. Gbesan was the real deal.

One day he invited me over to his house so I could know where he lived, although no one could say they didn’t know where Mr. Gbesan was living in that vicinity as his house stood tall among all the houses in the environment. I knew he meant something deeper, my desires and little devil in me, felt “What the heck?, Just once won’t hurt, at least that way, I will get even with my husband, he is having sex outside marriage, having once won’t hurt”….the little devil in me called self was telling me.

I had started having deep longing for Mr. Gbesan, so His invitation was a long awaited one…It happened one evening after the day sales. Gold and Emerald were packing up and washing up. I told them, I was going for a stroll.

I went to Mr.Gbesan’s house instead. Obviously, Mr. Gbesan had seen me through his CCTV camera, because he was the one who came to open the gate by himself. You could see he was so excited to see me as he ushered me into his house. The living room was not tastefully furnished as I expected, but as he took me upstairs to his Private Living room, it was literally heaven on earth.

We chatted and chatted about different things, he told me how much he loved his dead wife. He said he had not fallen in love with any other woman after her death, and I was going to be the first after seven years.

That brought up all our pent up emotions, as he moved close to me, I was gone, no form of caution. We kissed, Kissed, Kissed and I was so wanting more. We had done roughly 10 minutes of deep kissing and romancing before he started unbuttoning my shirt which I didn’t oppose too, but he stopped suddenly….

“No….I made a promise to Gold…I don’t want to hurt her” Mr Gbesan said

And unbelievably I said,

“She won’t know” I was enjoying the evil thing…

“I always keep my word Betty, I love and repect you, I am giving your husband 2 years” He said looking at me straight in the eye

Suddenly, I felt ashamed and buttoned up my shirt. I looked at my wristwatch as an excuse not to look into his eyes. 10:30pm….

Oh my God! I had spent over three hours without knowing the time was far spent, my daughters must be worried sick as I just told them I was taking a stroll… I jumped up, ready to dash down to my house..

“I will drop you” He said

“Gold will suspect….” I said as I rushed down his staircase

“That’s true, I will drop you off some blocks away from your place” He said running after me

I smiled to myself as I was amazed at how my Precious Gold had created her fear in the heart of a big man like Mr. Gbesan…


As we drew close to my house, I noticed a small crowd in front of my gate, what was happening? My heart started pounding, What was wrong with my girls?, Did Emerald have an asthma attack again? I told Mr. Gbesan to stop the car as I raced to the house, I pushed the crowd aside only to find my Precious Gold on the floor.

From what Emerald was saying, when they had waited for me for over an hour and I had not returned from my stroll, they decided to go look for me, but Gold insisted Emerald should stay behind. It was just now, a group of women brought her back saying they saw her on the floor in a dark corner crying…I saw red blood on her dress…

Oh No! my Precious Gold had been RAPED, because of my stupid longing for intimacy and thirst for wanting to get even with my husband…