Sat. May 11th, 2024

Episode 43








“I can’t believe you would just give up and walk away from this! You won’t even let me explain!” Tobi said exasperated.



“Did you see the way your family treated me? If your aunty and cousins already hate me, what’s going to happen when I meet the rest of your family?” Abena shouted back.



“Who cares what they think? You’re the one that wanted me to tell the world, now I’m starting with my family.” Tobi sighed, touching his temple in frustration.



“This isn’t going to work.” Abena slumped on her bed wearily, burying her face in her palms. “I can’t believe I thought it was going to work. Oh my God! I’ve been so stupid.”



“So, now you’re having doubts?” Tobi asked in disbelief.



“Well don’t blame me.” She snapped. “Your entire family is going to hate me. I’m just not Mrs. Ademi material, you know that.”



“Who said my family would hate you? My mother loves you, you saw that when she came.” Tobi argued.



Abena shot him a knowing look. “You also told me that she only cared about the baby, and not me.”



“Abena. We can make this work, my family doesn’t make my choices.” Tobi said wearily.



“So you won’t mind going against their wishes?” Abena asked and Tobi fell silent, thinking of a proper way to answer her question.



“I won’t be surprised if, after I give birth, your family tells you to just take the kids and pay me off.” Abena said knowingly and again, Tobi didn’t reply.


She was right.


He sighed and took a seat beside her on the bed. “I’m willing to take that chance with you. I know my family and family-friends would be hostile, rude and snobbish towards you; but maybe, just maybe, if you stick around, and if you stand your ground, then they would all accept you, and grow to love you.”



She hugged herself, listening to every word he said, and refusing to look him in the eye.


“I’m not saying that being with me would be easy. It would be the hardest thing ever. But I’m ready to take that chance, the question is, are you?” He asked, looking at her.



She looked at him briefly and looked away, afraid that she would break down and give in if she looked into his eyes for too long.


“You don’t trust me, do you?” Tobi asked slowly.



“I do.” She muttered, her voice was barely above a whisper, but he heard her.



“You don’t even believe what I’m saying about what happened with my cousin.” He pointed out.


“I need some space.” Abena suddenly said.


“Space?” Tobi asked, confused.


“Yes. Space. I need to think.” She said again.


“We live in the same house ife. As big as this house is, you won’t get much space.” Tobi replied.


“That’s why I’m moving out.” Abena said, looking at the suitcase she had packed.




“Please. Let me figure this out for myself. I don’t know if I’m ready to jump into the world of The Ademi’s.” She said and he nodded, knowing that she was right.


Standing up, she dragged her suitcase out of her room and down the stairs.


“Where would you be going? I need to know that you’re safe.” Tobi said.



“I’ll be safe. I’ll be with someone you trust.” She replied simply.



“I love you.” He said, hoping that those three words would change her mind, and she would just walk back into the house and decide to face his family.



“I know. I don’t doubt it. But you need to put your house in order, and I need to put my head in order.” She said simply before walking out of his house, and hopefully, not out of his life.



As Abena walked out of the house, she ignored the blast of cold air and brought out her phone. She jdialled the familiar number and the person picked up at the third ring.


“Hey. I need a favour.”




Tobi had been staring at the blank television screen ever since Abena left. She had only been gone for thirty three minutes, although it felt like she had been gone for thirty three years.



He hoped she would come back, tell him it didn’t matter if his family would treat her like s–t. Tell him she could handle all the popularity and scandals that came with his name.



But the front door didn’t open.



He thought back to the conversation he had with his cousin after the lunch.



He had been so excited to know that one member of his family wanted to know about Abena.



His aunty had scowled and advised Tobi to leave Abena, because she was a gold digger. Peju had agreed with her mother, but Pelumi, as usual, didn’t care. The only thing he said was:



“She’s poor man. We don’t do poor.”


So when Pamilerin had asked him about Abena, all he wanted to do was gush on and on about how amazing she was and how much the family would love her if they gave her a chance.



“She’s just a girl.” He started saying. “The most amazing one I’ve met in my life, and trust me, I’ve met a lot of girls.”



“What makes her so different?” Pamilerin had asked curiously.



“She isn’t like all those rich brats that Mama liked bringing to me. She does actual house work. She fights with me. She cooks, and does an amazing job



too. She’s the most beautiful girl I’ve ever met. God! It’s like everything about her is just meant for me.”



Pamilerin had a genuine smile on his face when he told Tobi that he was happy for him. Tobi hadn’t been happy in a long time, and if that girl made him happy, then who cared if she was poor.



Tobi just wished the rest of his family thought that way too. He decided to have a talk with his mother.


If there was one thing a mother cared about, it was the happiness of her child.




“You left him because his whole family hates you, and you can’t deal with all the celebrity drama?” Funmi asked for the third time.



Abena didn’t know who to call. She thought of calling Dera, but that would involve Joseph, and she knew Joseph would find it hard to lie to his friend. So, she called Funmi instead.


She had settled her in the guest room at the back of the house, where she won’t be disturbed by Funmi’s adorable children.


“I didn’t leave him, I just need some space, to think. I need to outline the pros and cons of this relationship.” Abena explained.


“Every relationship has pros and cons Abena. You just have to focus on the pros and fight through the cons.” Funmi said thoughtfully.



“But what if I can’t handle it? He’s rich and famous, the whole continent would be watching his every move, and that would mean watching my every move. Then they’ll call me a gold digger. His family already thinks I’m below his standard.” Abena replied.



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