The rest of the ceremony dragged on slowly, Jide’s anger increased with each activities they observed that was stipulated on the program menu. When it was time to feed each other the cake, Jide almost stuffed Daisy with the cake, that act had given him pleasure.
‘Serves her right’ he thought to himself.
Daisy had however tenderly given him his part of the cake, but inside she was burning with anger, Jide was really acting stupid and
childish, she thought, he didn’t have to be so wicked trying to choke her with the cake, so she would cough out her pitiable self in front of all these people. Well, she wouldn’t retaliate because there was no telling what lay in the sleeves of this husband of hers, and so she carried on the facade of the happiest bride on her happiest day. How hard it was!
Also, during the couple dance, No matter how ostentatious Daisy had tried to be, it was obvious that the rift between them was far from friendly much less conjugal, those who had an inkling that somethings
were wrong with this couple could really rest their case.
Because Jide had been miles apart from Daisy and seemed to be dancing with one of the female guests who had come to dance with them, even the M.C observed that and chipped in:
‘It seems our groom here can’t tell the difference between a lady on white and one on red’
But Jide was far from caring, if they wanted a dance, he reasoned, then dance he must give them, no matter who was on the receiving end. He so hated his wedding and loved every opportunity he could get to create a scene, that would at least teach his manipulative family spearheaded by his grandmother to stop meddling with the affairs of a grown man, he had had his misgivings about working in the family company, which meant he had to see the face of his over bearing father and annoying brother
almost on a daily basis, an interaction which had finally led him to this sham of a union.
And although it was too late to turn back the hands of time, it wasn’t too late to create a media scandal that would get through the thick skin of his family. This dance was therefore, short of the expectations of what lay ahead for them and their docile pet, Daisy.
The wedding finally ended at about 6pm, Jide, to the chagrin of everyone wasn’t available to give a ‘vote of thanks’, it was said by his father,
he had left halfway during the presentation of gifts and his space was filled by Ade, that act had almost brought Daisy to tears, it took words of encouragement from Ade to calm her, he had said:
‘Daisy don’t work yourself up unnecessarily, Jide can be impulsive at times, but he’s a wonderful guy most times’ ‘Yeah right’ Daisy had snorted in reply.
The other reason why she was smiling was because she was receiving gifts from the guests, gifts that seem to go on forever. The Olukoyas had
friends who were very generous, she hoped she would soon get mixed in their world.
‘Well, this is enough to compensate all my loss right now’ she thought, calming herself.
But at about 7pm, Jide still had not shown up, his number wasn’t connecting and nobody could say for sure where he went.
‘This is an exclusive case oh’, it has always been the bride who gets
missing before or after the wedding not the groom, this definitely is a
shocker’ Ade had replied dryly to Jide’s father when he had asked himof Jide’s
‘That’s how silly and childish Jide is, let me just set my eyes on him, he will surely have a piece of me’ his father had replied angrily and stormed off to go quiz more of his friends.
Ade had just shook his head, and walked towards the exit door, he was already tired of Jide’s attitude and the drama of the whole evening, ‘Whatever happened to pretending’ he said to himself.
Daisy on her part had calmly gone to one of the rooms they rented in
Queens hotel to moan her situation, she just wanted to be far from
everybody. Although she did not expect the wedding to be so rosy, she
hadn’t imagined it would be this bad, she was starting to regret everything now.
She wondered when her tears would break forth, she was showing so much
strength and calmness than she ever knew she had.
‘You never know how strong you are until you have to be strong’ she said quietly to herself as she slowly lay on the bed she had been sitting on.
Just then she heard a knock, she didn’t feel like seeing anybody.
‘Why won’t they leave me alone for once?’ she cried silently without making a move to see who had knocked.
The door opened and in came Jide’s grandmother ‘Daisy Omo mi’ she said going to seat by her on the bed ‘Am really sorry for all that happened today, Jide was so…’
‘Mama its ok, there’s no need to feel sorry’ cut in Daisy then she squeezed herself more, her wedding gown protested the act.
‘Only God knows all the pain you’re going through now, none envisioned that it would turn out this way, on behalf of the family, I must take the…’
To be continued……….
By Oden Green