Sat. May 11th, 2024

Episode 30





His smirk disappeared and his eyebrows furrowed in confusion. “You have a child?” “So it’s okay Tobi. Because everyone I love is always taken away from me. My mother, my father, my little sister. And Demi was almost taken away from me, but you gave me an opportunity. Stupid and reckless, but it paid the bills. And now, the two children are going to be taken away too. But that’s okay, because I can’t take care of them. Because I’m used to it. That’s okay.” She said, her voice shaky.




“Dont come close to me you b—–d!”


He flinched at her words and stood, rooted in his spot.


“You called me an incubator Tobi. Is that what you see me as? Not a human being, an incubator. You’re proud and selfish! You’re a snob and you think you’re better than everyone else abi! And I hate you for that. I hate you because you have the ability to make everyone else seem like dirt when you’re in the room. You’re a selfish,



manipulative, controlling, sonofabitch!” She ran up the stairs, muttering Yoruba profanities under her breath and he couldn’t move.


He was supposed to be happy. Happy that he won. So why did he feel like every word she said?



Tobi walked past her room after he ate


dinner, alone.


He didn’t remember the last time he had


dinner alone.


He knocked on her door and heard her


crying. “Go away.” She said in a shaky




He walked inside anyway, and sat down


beside her on the bed. She looked away


from him, and he sighed.


“Abena. I’m sorry I said all that stuff about you.” He apologized.


“No you’re not. You meant it. All of it.” She shot back and he shook his head although she wasn’t looking at him.


“I didn’t. I was angry and I wasn’t thinking straight. And I’m sorry. Ma bi nu.” He said quietly.


“You’re so-”


“Cruel? Rude? Selfish, manipulative,



controlling, and a sonofabitch? Yeah I heard. A really nice girl who I was mean to said that. ”


She chuckled and looked at him. He pulled her into a hug, and she relaxed in his arms. “Are you sniffing me?” He asked in an amused tone.


“Leave me jare. You smell nice.” She said.


“I’m sorry Abena.” He muttered.


“It’s okay. But you owe me a lot of


chocolate.” She laughed and he shook his




“I’ll do anything to see you smile.” He


whispered in her hair.


She smiled in his chest, her heartbeat


speeding up at his words.


“Why do you always say my name? You always say ‘Abena’ when you’re talking to me in almost every sentence.” Abena asked. “Because it’s s£xy. I like the way it rolls off my tongue.” He said and she laughed, rolling her eyes.


“Abena. About your family?”


She sat up and looked at him. He just aksed the question she hated.


“It’s okay if you don’t want to tell me. Just know that I’ll always be there.” He said.


“Thanks. But I want to tell you anyway. My dad died a few years back. He had a heart attack when he caught my step mother sleeping with his assistant CEO. They had been planning to take the company away from him, and his death just completed the mission. I couldn’t take over because my dad had done some legal stuff that would only let me take over when I was done with university. So the assistant CEO was supposed to take over, but he played my step mother too.



He took all the money and left. Disappeared from the surface of the earth. We couldn’t find him. The company crashed, we had to sell our house and move to a mini flat. I had to drop out from school. It was hard. And that witch just didn’t care. She expected more but did nothing to help.”


“I’m sorry. What about your child?” Tobi


asked, giving her shoulder a reassuring




“He’s not mine Tobi. He’s my sister’s. My nephew. My sister got raped at sixteen. I was just twenty one. She died giving birth to him, and he just happened to have a hole in his heart. That’s where all the money went.” She explained.


“Abena if you need help or anything. I can take care of the bills.” He offered and she shook her head.


“No. Don’t pity me. I can take care of


myself.” She said vehemently and he


decided to drop the topic if he wanted to


avoid a fight.


“Okay. What about your mum?”


“She died when I was five and my little sister was just born. We had an autopsy and it said that she was poisoned but we all ate the same food and the police said there wasn’t enough to investigate so the closed the case.”



“You’ve been through a lot Abena. I feel like such a d–k.” He said.


“You are.” She replied and he laughed.


“Come on. Let’s go and watch a movie. I


have caramel popcorn.” He grinned and she jumped off the bed.


“Why are you still sitting down? Stand up jare. I’m picking the movie.” She said,


pulling his arm but she wasn’t able to move him.


“Babe. You really think you can move all this muscle and hotness?” He asked, gesturing to himself.


“I didn’t see any muscle, or hotness. You’re just fat.” She joked and he lifted an eyebrow, pretending to be angry.


“Fat?” He asked, standing up and following her out. “There isn’t one ounce of fat on me. Admit it, I’m hot.”


“Whatever lets you sleep at night Mr.





“You apologized?”


Tobi nodded, answering him for the fifth




“You. Tobi Ademi, apologized?”


“For the sixth time, yes.”


“Wow. The world is coming to an end. Pigs are flying. What is-” “Guy shut up jare.” Tobi cut him off,


slapping the back of his head.


“It’s just surprising. You should marry her.


She’s good for you.” Joseph said and Tobi glared at him.



“Shut up jare. You’ve started. I don’t want to marry. Leave me alone.” Tobi replied.


“Aw come on. You guys are perfect for


eachother.” Joseph whined.


“Go away. Abi is it by force? No! I don’t


want to marry her. She’s nice and all but,


no.” Tobi stated.


“You like her.” Joseph wiggled his eyebrows.


Tobi stood up, hiding the smile on his face.


“I have work to do.”


Joseph laughed as he watched his friends retreating figure.


“You didn’t deny it!”



“How about, I take you out next week? Not this week, I’m loaded at work, but next week?” Tobi asked.


Abena was making Afang vegetable soup, and he was lazing around in the kitchen.


She looked up from the vegetables that she was mixing together in the pot.













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