Adire 24

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Chapter 13

Ndidi was praying for Ijeoma with a deep burden. She had watched her sister turn into a ghost of herself. Though she always claimed she didn’t need Magnus, their conversations were filled with his name. It was either what he did or what he failed to do. She doubted very much, that they didn’t love each other any more. It was just that they had let grievances fester and turn to sores that would not heal without God’s balm.

“Lord, give me the right words. Break the hold of the strange man and woman. Open their eyes to the truth. Move them to repentance” She had been kneeling by their bed, praying for about an hour. It was 2 am. Her husband stirred. He sat up and checked the time.

“Ndi?” he whispered.

She looked up, her face strewn with tears. He slid to her side and wrapped her in his arms.

“Is it Ij?” he whispered against her hair.

She nodded, sniffing.

“There’s this couple I met who are into counselling. They are affiliated with that Elyon you attend. I think they are the answer to your prayers. You talk to Ij, I’ll convince Magnus to see them”

“You think so?”

“Yeah. Stop crying “, he kissed her eyelids.

She put her arms around his neck and clung to him.

“Meanwhile I have something that will dry your tears very fast” he offered cheekily.

“Imagine! I am doing intercession, you are thinking of something else” Ndidi laughed.

“I tell you, it works like magic”, he lifted her as they tumbled into bed laughing.

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“Really? “, exclaimed Regina.

“Really” Monisola stated firmly.

“Wetin concern agboro with overload?”, asked Regina.

“Who is agboro and who is overload?” Monisola crossed her arms over her chest.

“Fi mi le, jare!” Regina spun in her seat to retrieve some files from a side drawer.

“The yoruba say…..”

“Thank God I’m not yoruba”, Regina cut in.

Monisola was exasperated. She was Regina’s secretary who had been conscripted by Osas to plead on his behalf. Being married with 4 children, despite being the same age with Regina, meant they didn’t often agree on relationship issues. Monisola felt she was too choosy, Regina wondered why she should not choose.

“O ga O! Time is passing”, Monisola tugged at her ears.

“Even your own time is passing! Didn’t you plan to do a masters degree this year? What of your plan to go into business? You said this year you’ll lose 40kg, you have gained 20”

“Ore mi…..”

“What? Una like to yab person! Marriage is not the ultimate goal of my life”

“What do you really have against this guy? Even a 1st date, you won’t oblige”

“He’s not my type. How much is he earning? See the rickety car he came here in that day. Wowo shirt! Thick accent! Haba!”Regina ranted

“Yei!”, Monisola clapped her hands and burst into laughter.

“Men, I’m not kissing any more frogs. If I don’t feel you, no date. All this, trial and error is sapping my energy”

“The guy has been disturbing me, sending me airtime, pleading that I should convince you to give him a chance. And he is a christian O!”

“The same kind of Christian that Jaiye married, who beats her black and blue? I’m even willing to marry an unbeliever, as long as he meets my standards”

“Well, he won’t say I didn’t try” Monisola shrugged and rose. “We have an order from Richmond suites that needs to be sent out”

“Then why were you wasting my time, talking about Osa or whatever? What kinda name is that though? In Igbo, Osa means squirrel”, She chuckled

“Regina, I am going” Monisola sighed and rose.

“See you”, she said cheekily.

“As for my goals, I’m working on them. I’ve joined a gym and Remi has agreed to pay for my MBA. Don’t feel marriage steals dreams. I may have sacrificed earlier to nurture my children but, they in no way, prevented me from aiming high”Monisola added.

“I didn’t mean to be mean, sorry. It’s just not easy being the brunt of “time is passing” comments always”

“I apologise. That was rude”

“Friends?”

“Friends”

“Osas?”

“Forget it!”

Monisola shook her head as she left.

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Ekene and Ndidi were to meet after fellowship at Elyon. They usually met at the car park. Miriam had accompanied Ekene to the fellowship for the previous 2 meetings, and had become friends with Ndidi also. They were standing by their cars waiting for Ndidi to join them.

“Is Fred picking you up afterwards?”, Miriam asked.

“Yes, we have to buy a gift for his consultant’s house warming party”

“Great. So, I’m stuck on my own?”

“Call Reggie and see if you can hang out”

“Re wetin? She’s been cold towards me. That I am judging her because of Magnus”

“What is she even doing with him?”

“Following her heart”

“Did she actually say that?”

“Uhuh”
Ndidi chose that moment to join them.

“Hello ladies, look who I have here”, she announced gaily, hugging them in turns. “Meet my sister, Ijeoma Ozo, nee Chiebo”

Ekene and Miriam glanced at each other guiltily,before pasting a smile on their faces.

“We’ve met in church”, Ijeoma extended a hand to shake each of theirs.

“Good morning, how’s the family?”, Miriam asked.

“Fine, thanks for asking”

“Good morning” Ekene greeted.

“So, shall we go for coffee, or do we head to the house of whoever has a sumptuous meal ready for us?” Ndidi asked, putting an arm around Ekene and Miriam

“Coffee sounds great”, Miriam replied.

“Great. I’ll lead the way”, Ndidi began to search for her keys in her bag.

Miriam hung back when both sisters headed for Ndidi’s car.

“Babes, which kin yawa be dis?” She asked Ekene

“Awkward, very awkward” Ekene whispered.

“I can’t face her, knowing Regina is the cause of the rift between her husband and her”

“How do we escape?”

Just then they spotted Ndidi pulling up in her car. She motioned for them to hurry, so they got into their cars and joined her. At the meeting point, they parked and went in. Ekene was so nervous, she wondered how she was going to eat.

In a floral top and jeans, Ijeoma looked good enough to eat. Her braids were up in a bun, leaving her simply made up face for the sun to kiss. Ekene could not take her gaze off her as she chatted animatedly with her sister.

“Why would any man cheat on such a beautiful woman? What hope did people like her have of expecting faithfulness, then? Are all men dogs? ” were the thoughts running through her mind as she stared.

The others kept the conversation going. She nodded along and offered a few “yeah”s and “really”s as needed.

“Ekene, how about your friend? She couldn’t make it?” Ijeoma asked.

Ekene nearly spilled her coffee.

“Em…..f…r.ii…..e..en…d?” she sputtered.

“Yeah. That is an usher in church? ”

“O , my friend! She was busy”

“What’s her name again? ”

Miriam cut in

“I heard you work in the Ministry of education. Why are you people not banking with us? ”

“I am not in the finance department”, Ijeoma laughed.

“Which bank are they using? ”

“I think Infinity bank”

“They are good but, we are better”

“Hear! Hear!” Ijeoma clapped.

“So what did we think of today’s message?”Ekene asked

“I like that they invite a different speaker each time but today’s own was OTT,over the top” , Ndidi shook her head.

“All the “die by fire!” Miriam added

“Reveal my enemies! Turn them to toads!” Ekene chimed in.

“Why are you people laughing? ” asked Ijeoma. “I enjoyed the prayer session. All these evil spirits that spoil marriages, it will not be well with them!”

The 2 friends evaded her gaze

“In fact, fire will burn all home wreckers! God will use rakes to rake their backs! They will be consumed with strange diseases ! Their parents will become orphans! ” She declared angrily.

“Amen!” Ndidi responded.

Ekene and Miriam were uncomfortable. While they did not approve of Regina’s actions, they certainly did not want her cursed. Rakes on her back? No! Ijeoma did not notice their reticence but went on with her meal.

“Why, though, do singles feel comfortable dating married men?” Ndidi asked.

“I don’t”, Ekene replied, her mouth full of her sandwich.

“Neither do I”, chorused Miriam.

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TO BE CONTINUED

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26 thoughts on “Adire 24

    Tii said:
    September 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    “It was just that they had let grievances fester and turn to sores that would not heal without Godโ€™s balm.”

    Dem sef believe prayer nau. Hahaha
    This is lovely ma’am. Thumbs up to you and the baby

    atinukemi said:
    September 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Hehe.. .funny one. Great write-up Dr., I want more though. Congratulations on your baby
    God bless your home, and may He reveal that you should give us more. Amen. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

    niki said:
    September 6, 2014 at 1:57 am

    This episode was so emotionally charged. I wouldn’t want to be in Ekene’s shoes. I think ekene should avoid any further relationship with ijeoma cause if she finds out boi…

    exceptionalstar said:
    September 6, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Hope you allowed our baby do little typing with you.
    Regina should be doing yeye things when God has written her love story.
    A splendid work Doc.

      drnsmusings responded:
      September 6, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Baby types of course. Lol. Thanks

    nikeaduke said:
    September 6, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Nice one, Dr. N. How’s baby boy doing?

    dnddyon said:
    September 6, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Hehehehehhehehehe
    Fire for fire!

    + why do I feel this story is about to end (make it longer, mabinu)

    Thanks.
    How are you, and omugwo?
    All the best!

    (+ did you make some changes on the font of your blog site?)

      drnsmusings responded:
      September 6, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Yes, making some changes.
      Yes, it’s winding down, mabinu.
      Thanks

    Ame Okwudi said:
    September 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    *standing ovation doc* God bless you!
    Osa is God in Bini language, let Regina take her time o ๐Ÿ™‚
    My love to our baby. Plenty hugs and kisses

      drnsmusings responded:
      September 7, 2014 at 7:54 am

      Thanks for d ovation O!
      Don’t mind d snotty girl!
      Baby will hear, thanks

    Jules said:
    September 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Hehehe. The plot thickens… Nice story this week. Thumbs up dear Dr N and mighty regards to your family. Remain blessed dear.

      drnsmusings responded:
      September 7, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Regards to u n yours too. Thanks

    Feyi's Dairy said:
    September 6, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Loool @ God will use rakes to rake their backs. Amen ooooo!

    Feyi's Dairy said:
    September 6, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    and as for Regina, she better calm down before her man passes her by.
    I love how Ndidi is really concerned about her sister and interceding on her behalf.
    Interesting episode Dr N. How are you and your baby?

      drnsmusings responded:
      September 7, 2014 at 7:59 am

      We’re doing great, thanks. Write something soon

    AK said:
    September 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I couldn’t stop laughing at Ijeoma’s prayer. Rakes on their backs indeed. Nice piece Dr N. Congratulations on the baby.

      drnsmusings responded:
      September 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Thanks AK. The prayer is from Psalms

    Ezinne Ajoku said:
    September 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    LOllllllllll oooooooo. Laughing and crying. Rakes to rake their backs, eh? Good Lord.

      drnsmusings responded:
      September 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      It’s in psalms O!

    diademstots said:
    September 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    That Rake eh lols.

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