“I wouldn’t tell you if we were not friends! You know I like August but, I know that girl. She dates married men, politicians, name it. You need to assert your position before she snatches him. This one you are not sleeping with him. It will backfire O!”
“Where is your faith?”
“My sister, how can you marry a man you have never slept with! It’s dangerous O! You need to taste the goods! What if he is impotent?”
“God forbid! ”
“How do you know if you are compatible? This is why a lot of Christian marriages are crashing. You marry a man you never knew, only to find out he is freaky and you can’t keep up”
“Bisi, I thought you were born again?”
“I am but, heaven helps those who help themselves. I tried that abstinence thing and lost a great guy. Now, I buy pornographic movies and books on sex”
“Yes? Wisdom is profitable to direct. Even pastors are doing it”
Uche shook her head sadly. She wanted to defend her decisions but, the shock of finding out about August’s affair numbed her.
“What did you say her name is?”
“Vero, the man eater”
“I’ll ask him about her”
“Don’t mention my name O!”
“Of course, I won’t”
“Let me change. I’m hungry and your stew smells lovely”
“Good. You can boil the rice”
“Who is your slave? I made stew, you boil rice. Stella will wash up”
On another day, Uche would have laughed. Today, she shook her head sadly and exited to her room to bawl her eyes out.
August and Uche were sitting on the ground, in the park. She had packed a picnic. He noticed she was moody and wondered why. She ignored him.He filled the silence with gist about Law school, his lecturers, class mates, and more. She was lost in thought. How to get the truth without sounding accusing, was the issue. She didn’t want to sound petty but, she had to know.
“August, who is Veronica?”
“You heard me”
He was silent. She crossed her arms and fixed her gaze on him. He squirmed under her look. After a long silence, she got up to storm out. He stopped her.
“Uche, please, she’s nobody”, he turned pleading eyes on her, holding on to her hand.
“What do you mean?”
“She’s just a friend?”
“Why haven’t I heard about her before now? Why does she have your picture displayed on her phone?”, she snatched her hand from him
” Please sit down Uche. Let’s discuss this like adults”
After glaring at him for a while, she sat down and crossed her arms again.
“Uche, I would never cheat on you. I spend almost all my time with you. You are my girl”, he began.
“Who is she?”
“She’s just a friend”
“Does she know she’s just a friend?”
“Nothing is going on between you?”
“Yes, I swear!”
“Alright. Call her, I want to meet her. Let us pay her a visit”
August kept mute.
“Call her now! If you are not doing anything with her, let’s drive to her house. Introduce me as your girlfriend!”
“Have you ever introduced me as your boyfriend?”, August sputtered angrily.
“I asked, have you ever introduced me as your boyfriend?”
“You girls want to eat your cake and have it. You are stringing me along, keeping another guy by the side. Yet, you are angry that a girl put my picture up on her phone!”
Uche was silent.
“I have done everything for almost 1 year to show you I love you. What have you done for me?”
Uche looked away.
“No kiss, sideways hug, no smooching, nothing! The girl is providing what you refused to give me!”, he declared.
“August! You are sleeping with her!”,Uche couldnot believe her ears.
“We have never gone all the way. And that is because of the way I feel about you. She has almost accused me of not being man enough but, I can’t just cheat on you”
“You mean kissing and smooching are not cheating?”
“Really? I thought you were born again?”
“Forget that crap! No full blooded man can live without some sort of satisfaction. I should even be commended”, he boasted.
“I know many men who have abstained without dying”, Uche stated.
“Something is wrong with them”
“In what way? What of Ikenna? Segun, who is even in a relationship? And many others?”
“Are you living with them? If you knew what some of them do, you would give up this your holier than thou attitude”
Uche kept silent for a while.
“Baby, I’m sorry. Please, say you’ll be my girlfriend. End things with this Lagos guy. I will tell that girl off. I love you. I don’t want to lose you”, he pleaded.
“How can I trust you, after this?”
“Baby, I’ll make it up to you. That girl is gone! Please give me a 2nd chance”
“I just want to go home. Please take me home”
He spent a few more minutes pleading. When she remained adamant, he got up and picked their picnic basket. Silently, they made their way to his car. Uche was holding back tears. He was wondering how to dig himself out.
Back home, she dialled Laura’s number. She had discussed with her before confronting him. Her perspective would be godly, unlike that of Bisi. When she answered, she told her all that had transpired. Laura was dumbfounded.
“A faithful man, who can find?”, Laura wondered.
“My dear, this one takes the cake”
“We would never have found out O!”
“And to think he even accused me of double dealing?”
Laura was silent.
“What?”, Uche asked again.
“I am not accusing you but, you were stringing both men along”
“But, I let them know!”
“What should I have done? I wasn’t sure who I loved?”, Uche scratched her head.
“Are you sure now?”
“My sister, I am afraid O! The Dan may not be any better. August said every man has a way of satisfying himself”
“What does that mean?”
“I don’t know. Maybe I should forgive him, since they never had sex. He is willing to break up with the Vero of a girl”
“Vero, the man eater!”, joked Laura.
“Vero the man eater has eaten my man O!”, Uche laughed for the 1st time that day.
“How are we sure they didn’t have sex?”, asked Laura.
“Do we ask Bisi to investigate?”, mused Uche.
“That’s not a bad idea”
“I’ll think about it”
“Okay, dear, don’t let it get to you”
“Take care of yourself”
“You too. Goodnight”
(To be continued. You can comment by clicking on the title)