THREE IS A CROWD (Part 9 & 10) – OPEYEMI OJERINDE AKINTUNDE

PART 9 “THREE IS A CROWD”
Opeyemi Akintunde

“Gbemi, this fight is not yours, stop disrespecting my wife, only mum has the right to speak to her in that manner, and besides it’s temporary, I just want her to know her mother is not the only one that can make life hell for me. If she can not defend me before her mom, I won’t defend her before you… so Gbemi Shush…” Tade said to Gbemi after Florence disappeared into the Kitchen with her Mum.

‘Yes Sir” Gbemi nodded…

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THREE DAYS LATER

Mrs Adesina walked in with a young lady, Mrs Dike Oluwagbemi and Gbemi were seated watching TV.

“Good afternoon Tade’s mum, this is the maid” Mrs Adesina said.

“Ehn… Ehn… welcome ooo” Tade’s Mum replied

Florence walked out of the kitchen at the sound of the greeting. She had been excited to meet the maid her mum was bringing.

At the sight of the maid, Florence stopped in her tracks; the girl standing in her front was a girl she knew so well. This was Temiloluwa, her mother’s cleaner’s daughter who had a speech impediment… Florence was lost, it was obvious her mother was up to something…

Without saying anything to Temiloluwa, she said to her mother…

“Mum, can I see you in the kitchen?” Florence said

Almost simultaneously, Gbemi stood up and walked out of the house.

Unknown to Florence and her mum, Gbemi tiptoed to the back of the kitchen to eave drops on their conversation…

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“Mummy is that not Temi?” Florence asked

“Yes, she is, but pretend like you don’t know her”

“Why? Mum what are you up to?”

“Obviously to send them away from here, before I return home”

“So how is Temi going to send them home”

“Watch and learn how to deal with illiterate fools, who think because you are educated, you don’t know the way of the street”

“Mum, I am not comfortable with whatever plan you have”

“The end justifies the means, my dear”

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“I heard it, I heard her say ‘the ways of the street’, Mummy this woman brought that house girl to frustrate us”

“Frustrate me? It is her mother she will frustrate, leave them, let’s see how far she goes with it”

“Maami, I have an idea ooo” Gbemi said. She was sure this idea will get Florence on her knees.

“What is the idea?”

Gbemi moved closer to her mum and whispered her plans…

PART 10 “THREE IS A CROWD”
Opeyemi Akintunde

Mrs Dike Oluwagbemi left the house telling everyone who cared to listen that she was going for a walk, as she felt her body was getting too stiff.

Thirty minutes later she walked in with a beautiful lady.

“Gbemi, Gbemisola, Guess who I ran into on the street of Lagos” She hollered as she walked in

Gbemi walked out of the bedroom screaming in excitement…

“Aunty Josephine!”

She hugged the visitor tightly,

“Aunty Josephine, what are you doing around here?’

“I was looking for an accommodation around here, I came into Lagos for six months industrial attachment, so an agent brought me to see a few apartments around here, it was when I was at the second apartment I saw mum walking by” Josephine said

“Wow! Brother Tade will be so surprised to see you” Gbemi said

“Good afternoon ma” Josephine greeted Mrs Adesina and later faced Florence

“Good afternoon, I guess you must be Tade’s wife”

“Obviously, the pictures on the wall should answer that, and I guess you must be the Josephine that cooks so well” Florence replied hotly

‘Wow! Who said that about me? Tade?” Josephine asked

Florence couldn’t help but smile…

“Oh! I get this, this is a set up, mummy why would you stoop so low to this , you bringing my husband’s ex to taunt me”

“I am happy you are smart enough to get the memo, we are just following your footsteps, you brought a girl you both are familiar with to pretend as a maid, so she can poison us, well we decided to be even, by bringing someone we are very familiar with , who is a very excellent cook” Gbemi said.

Florence couldn’t utter a word so she walked away after eyeing her mum.

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“Mummy, Josephine can not stay in my matrimonial home?” Tade said over the phone “Do you want to crash my marriage”

“Why will Josephine staying with Gbemi and I in the room destroy your marriage, Do you still have feeling for her?” Tade’s Mum replied

“I don’t have feelings for her, but mummy ko make sense, My wife will be insecure… Please maami….” Tade pleaded

“I am on my way home” Tade said finally.

The moment Mrs Oluwagbemi dropped, Gbemo burst in laughter…

“Aunty Josephine that means Bro Tade still loves you. Aunty Josephine, this is your opportunity to get back what is rightfully yours” Gbemi said

“Mum, are you sure Tade will like this?”

“He gave us the go ahead to oppress his wife, and I know that your presence alone is oppression raise to power 100…”

“Tade is such a good man, I wonder why the wife doesn’t appreciate him, I will give everything in the world to have Tade back”

Mrs Oluwagbemi and Gbemi exchanged knowing looks.

As Tade drove back home, he didn’t know why, he was anxious and at the same time excited to see Josephine.

Was he still nursing feelings in his heart for her? He wondered.

“Tade, why didn’t you end up marrying Josephine?” He asked himself.

“Josephine was your child-hood sweetheart. She loved you and didn’t argue with you, when you told her you were not interested in going to the university yet, she understood and promised to wait for you. The plan was for both of you to go hustle and after three years go back to school, but that was when you met Florence”

Tade travelled back memory lane as he drove back home.

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