Tunde called the next day and this time I proudly picked the call.
“What do you want from me again, at least you’ve accomplished your blackmail mission , or you want to found out how things turned out?”
“Smart girl! So you went ahead to tell him before I do right”
“Well Tunde the good news is that, God did not allow your plans to work, he forgave him”
“Keep on deceiving yourself, you think he forgave you right, he will soon shock you, is he not a man”
“Of course he’s not an amaphrodite, he’s a man, an honorable one at that, he is not like you, kill joy” I spat.
“Well, I know he’ll soon drop your sorry ass, I’ll be waiting”
“I pray you won’t die waiting, anyways all the best and don’t you dare call my line again, if you do, I’ll make sure I have you arrested. Good day” I said and hang up on him.
Lizzy and I are very close now, the wedding preparations brought us closer, she involved me in most of her wedding plans, despite my busy schedules I make sure I find time to attend to her whenever she needs me.
Paul was very happy when he realized how close I was to Lizzy, I don’t know why but he loved it whenever he hears I’m with her. Lizzy is a very sweet person too, so I love been around her.
I now spend most of my weekends with her and my Beau has started complaining because we hardly see each other except when the four of us are hanging out together.
I later came up with a plan, I go to his office on Fridays after school and I go to Lizzy’s place on Saturdays because we spend most time in Eko idumota just to get more aso ebi since it’s on a higher demand.
2weeks to the wedding, Lizzy called and told me she wants to do some personal shopping, that I should please assist her. We went to the shopping mall and shopped. She suggested we stop by a restaurant and eat, since we are tired and famished.
We settled down and started eating. Someone called her, she received the call and after she ended the call, I noticed she was quiet and looked sad at the same time.
“Lizzy, what’s wrong, why the sudden mood swing?”
“It’s nothing” she gave me a fake smile.
“Something is wrong, who called?”
“You shouldn’t be sad when you receive a call from your mum, so tell me what’s going on exactly”
“I’m sorry but, it’s something about me I don’t want to talk about”
“I hope it’s not a secret?”
“It is, I know we are now friends but can I trust you?”
“Yes you can, your secret is safe with me” I assured her.
“I have a son, I had him when I was in secondary school”
“Having a Child is not a disease, so why are you feeling bad about it…Hold on Paul did not know about it?”
“Yes, he doesn’t”
“Jesus…..Christ! and you are getting married to him in two weeks time!”
“My mom has been pestering me to tell him the truth and that’s why she called again, that i need to tell him”
“Lizzy, she’s right, what if he finds out after marriage, what do you think will happen. Have you thought about it? Or you think he’ll never find out? There is no secret under heaven my dear, the best thing is too open up”
“I can’t, he won’t marry me, I’ve had him saying it a couple of times that he can’t marry someone who has a Child”
“You can’t be so sure, he might not mean it that way. Do you know I almost loose my relationship because of something similar to this,” I summarized my own experience.
“Really, you mean all this happened between you and Daniel?”
“My saving grace was that he heard it first from me and not from an outsider”
“ Daniella, I don’t know what to do”
“Can you trust me and let me handle it?”
“Yes” she nodded.
I took my phone from my bag and placed a call.
“Hi babe, how’s the shopping going?”
“We are through with the shopping, we are coming over to your place”
“When did you plan that”
“Just now, it’s urgent we have to see you”
“I and Lizzy”
“Hope all is well?”
“All is well. I’ll see you soon, bye” I said and ended the call.
“Did you just call Daniel?” Lizzy asked
“That’s the only person who can help us out, you know how well your fiancé placed him so lets make use of the person he would listen to”
“I know Paul respect him, but are you sure this plan will work out?”
Let’s be positive Lizzy and let’s commit Paul’s heart into God hands, the bible says the heart of chiefs are in God’s hands and he turns it as the course of water. I’m sure God will intervene.
Lizzy sighed “Daniella I’m scared”
“I’m scared too because I know Daniel won’t take it lightly, but he’s the only option we’ve got”
Lizzy drove down to the island, 45mins later, we were in Daniel’s place.
He opened the door for us, he hugged us one after the other as we stepped in.
“What can I offer you” he asked
“We are OK, we ate not quite long” I replied him.
“So what’s the urgent matter that brought you here” he asked
I and Lizzy exchanged glances. She signaled to me to do the talking.
I coughed out “Erm… erm..Li…zzy…
“This must be serious. My girlfriend now stammer!” Daniel said standing akimbo.
I gathered all the strength in me to spill it.
“Lizzy has a child and Paul did not know about it” I said with my eyes closed.
“What!” He screamed. You guys are joking right”
“Daniel, I have a son” Lizzy said with her face bowed.
“Lizzy! you dated a guy for good two years and hide something this big from him”
“I never mean to hide it from him initially but I got to know from him that he can’t marry a single mother”
“Still, you should have told him, it’s up to him to decide if he wants to continue with the relationship or not”
“What do we do now?” I asked him.
“Sincerely, I don’t know what to do, do you have anything in mind?” he asked me.
“Em.. my own plan is that, you should help us talk to….
“Excuse me, what did you just say. No way will I go to him and tell him such a thing”
“Daniel please….” I was trying to plead with him when he cut me off.
“Lizzy! He called out facing her. Do you want my candid advice?”
“Yes” she nodded.
“Where is your fiancé now?”
“He should be in his house”
“Good, then go to him right now and tell him everything. I know it’s hard but you have to do it yourself”
“Daniel, I can’t I’m scared, what if he call off the wedding” she said with fresh tears streaming from her eyes
“Trust me it’s better he hears it from you”
“Daniel I cant do it alone” Lizzy pleased with him.
“I feel he will forgive her once you are involved. I said
“I know he respected me and all that, but the fact still remains that its not in my place to tell him.
He loves her and that should give her an edge in all this. So Lizzy please do him the honors of telling him yourself” he said calmly facing me.
He stood in front of Lizzy and held her shoulders. “Hearing things like this from an outsider is embarrassing, you’ll make him look like a fool, imagined someone who thought he knows everything about you now realized he knew nothing about you but an outsider does!”
“Thank you very much Daniel, I’ll go now and tell him everything” she said and stood up crying and wiping the tears at the same time.
I stood up and hugged her. “ Thank you” she said to me.
I really felt for her. “Can I go with her?”
“Woman!” Daniel shouted at me.
“I’m sorry” I apologized hurriedly.\
Daniel gave me a wicked look.
I only said that out of pity, I can’t just watch her go all by herself in that state.
“It’s ok, I will go alone” she said and carried her bag.
“Call me later and let me know how thing went, then I’ll know when to come in” Daniel said to her as she was about to step out of the living room.
“I’ll call you” I mouthed and gestured with my hands.
For like ten minutes after she left we did not talk to each other. He stood up from where he sat and paced up and down the living room.
“I pray Paul tamper justice with mercy” he said
“So he was worried for her” I thought.
“When are you going home so I could drop you off” he asked.
“I think I’ll wait till she calls you, I can only be calm here.
“Relax, things might not look good tonight, that’s a certainty, but I believe he will come around with time”
“Did you just say time, the wedding is just two Saturdays away. Dee! you have to do something about it”
“I’ll try my best”
Like two hours later, she called Daniel. He picked he picked the call and put it on loud speaker.
“Daniel he threw me out of his house and said he’s canceling the wedding” she said weeping bitterly”
We looked at each other “Cancelling the wedding!” We both chorused.
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI