Thu. Feb 15th, 2024

Bimpe continued to call me from thursday till that

weekend but I never picked up.

It was saturday morning, betty had called me earlier

to give me time. I put on my best shirt and trouser

which I have ironed the previous night, I sprayed a

new expensive perfume I bought from bimpe’s

money. I stood infront of the mirror to access myself

many times before stepping out.

“Onihaxy!!!, you are going to meet rich in-laws, so you

have to package yourself”.

I carried myself in style from my house to oshodi to

lekki gate. I took a shuttle bus to betty’s house and

finally arrived at their compound by 4pm. Betty came

to pick me from the gate and we entered the house

together.

I met henry in the living room watching football

highlights. He welcomed me and I sat beside him

after greeting him, betty excused us and climbed

upstairs.

ME: hello sir,

HENRY: hi mr …………?

ME: onihaxy

HENRY: oooh onihaxy, I used to forget your name.

ME: ***smiled****

HENRY: thanks so much for the other day, I so much

appreciate you.

ME: **lean forward*** you are welcome sir

HENRY: ***smiled and silent***

ME: so how is daniella?,

HENRY: she is fine. She is upstairs sleeping.

ME: hope she has fully recovered?

HENRY: yes. The doctor just told us to let her rest.

ME: that’s cool.

HENRY: so, how is work and family?

ME: fine sir.

HENRY: what is your occupation?

ME: ***chaiii, omo see interview***, eehmmm. I work

with a water company as a quality control manager.

HENRY: waaaoooh. That’s cool, hope its not

stressful?,

ME: not really, but anything that involves payment

has to come in stress.

HEnRY: you are so right.

ME: ****silent for a while****

HENRY: ****silent too***

ME: ****looked at the TV screen*** this gunners club

are not trying of recent

HENRY: yes ooo my brother. The club don dey Bleep-

up this days. And they had been barren for years

ME: yes ooo

***football argument continued******

BETTY: ****coming down from the stairs and looking

at us******. Hmmm, men and football sha!!!!

HENRY: na so now, atleast ours is better than

gossips you girls do. *** faced me*** onihaxy, abi no

be so?

ME: ***smiled*** na so oooo.

BETTY: ehn ehn onihaxy!!, is that what you will say

also?

ME: smiled

HENRY: ***faced betty**** where is bimpe?

BETTY: she is still in the kitchen.

ME: hmmmm, no wonder I have been perceiving

aroma since ***smiled***

HENRY: betty, please tell her that we are ready to

eat.

Betty went to the kitchen while henry and I continued

our arguments, we started from football, then enter

politics from there to life style, then to women. We

related as if we knew each other for long. As we

were discussing, bimpe was looking at me and I was

looking back in annoyance but I hid it from betty and

henry. The table was set and the four of us sat on

the table. Betty did the serving and we were

discussing as we are eating. I sat beside betty,

bimpe sat next to her and opposite me. Henry sat

beside bimpe.

HENRY: onihaxy, betty discussed so much about you

which I think I’m somehow satisfied with.

ME: thank you sir.

HENRY: my wife also said she used to live in same

area with you before and that you guys used to fight.

Me: ***smiled***

BETTY: that’s past tense brother, they have

reconciled with each other.

BIMPE: ***smiled***

HENRY: if that is it, thank God. But onihaxy, there is

a little problem.

ME: **scared*** what is that sir?

HEnRY: there is an agreement that she must posses

her masters before getting married. Do you think you

can cope and wait?

ME: I’m already aware of that sir. I will definitely wait

since I don’t have another alternative.

BiMpE: ***paused her meal and stared at me****

BETTY: so if you have alternative, you will dump me

abi?

ME: haba dear, you know I won’t do that na.

BETTY: you just try it!!!, I will kill both of you. You

and your alternative

THREE OF US: ***laughed***

HENRY: another thing is that she will be travelling

out of the country for her program., hope you won’t

disappoint us?

ME: I won’t sir, its betty we should beg that she

shouldn’t disappoint me.

HENRY: I trust her she dare not.

**faced bimpe***. Mummy daniella, you aren’t saying

anything about our discussion?, why?

BIMPE: ***sighed*** just don’t have anything to say

to it. Whatever you people decide is ok by me.

BETTY: hmmmmmm. Brother, don’t mind both of

them, their fight is off and on?

BIMPE: haba!!!!, aunty betty, stop that now, did I tell

you we are fighting?

ALL OF US: smiled.

HENRY: ****brought out a cheque*** mr onihaxy,

here is a cheque of 100k, as a token of appreciation

for saving our daughter. Thanks so much.

BIMPE & BETTY: stared at me

ME: ***think for a while****, thanks so much sir. But

please keep it, daniella is more like my own daughter

also.

BIMPE: ****looking scared***

ME: ***continued*** I knew her and used to meet her

here even before knowing you. So it won’t sound

right. Thanks so much once again, no offence sir,

HENRY: that’s wonderful mr onihaxy, but I still insist.

Please accept it from me.

ME: ok, if you insist sir, hold it and deduct it from the

bride price I will be paying.

HENRY: ***handshake with me***, thanks so much

onihaxy,

ME: you are welcome sir.

We chit-chat for about 30 more minutes. I checked

my time and it was few minutes to 7pm.

ME: I need to get going sir.

HENRY: why so early?

ME: my destination is far sir.

HENRY: where is that?

ME: ***chaii, how you go call mushin for this kind

place na** fadeyi area.

HENRY: ok bro, see you some other time.

ME: **smiled*** you aren’t always around

HENRY: yeah. that’s right, I’m running. Professional

course every weekend in abuja. I was around today

just because I was expecting you.

ME: ok sir.

BETTY: ok, let me see you off. Ooops, where is my

phone?

ME: where did you put it?

BETTY: I can’t even remember, give me your phone

onihaxy, let me use it to find my phone.

ME: ok ***hand over my phone to her****

BETTY: ***climbed upstairs with my phone in her

hand using it to dial her number***

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