Sesan…you were really helpful.” Mense said in gratitude.
problem…” Sesan said.
you go through all that…” Isiuwa said. “As you can see, the party
not…” Sesan said.
the guests are gone…” Isiuwa started.
and we are the people who love you and deserve to share such a beautiful day
with you.” Sesan said smiling.
him and then she smiled at her cousin.
don’t know how much your words uplift me.” Isiuwa said to Sesan.
party?” Mense said in delight.
Isiuwa and Sesan chorused together.
there can be no party without music…so, I’ll hook my phone to the loudspeaker
then.. let the party begin!” Mense said as she hurriedly connected her
phone to the loudspeaker.
danced around the sitting room as though their lives depended on it. The nanny
heard the loud music from the kitchen and rushed out into the sitting room
shocked at the music that was coming from there.
noise?” She started and when she saw Isiuwa she said “Isiuwa, thank
God you’re home.”
nanny and dragged her into the dance circle and she joined in.
through their dance when they heard the doorbell. They all looked at each other,
who could it be? They thought. The nanny went to get the door and Sesan, Mense
and Isiuwa continued dancing, soon the visitor stepped into the sitting room,
it was Josh.
Josh!” Isiuwa exclaimed.
boy with interest while Sesan glared at him in something akin to hate.
friend…Josh!” Isiuwa said to Sesan and Mense.
Josh…” Mense greeted.
party?” Josh asked.
I couldn’t invite you to my party because so many things got me distracted. I wanted to call you with my brother’s number but some things came up. How
did you know I’m having a party today?”
about it. I have been trying your brother’s number this past week but he’s not
been picking my calls so I got worried and when my mom said she was coming to
this part of Lagos I knew I had to come and see you.” Josh said.
coincidence hmmm…welcome.” Mense said.
over?” Josh asked.
just got started.” Mense said.
the circle and they all began to dance. Sesan felt a bad taste in his mouth, ‘does it mean that his Isiuwa had a friend he knew nothing about?’ He thought.
now…” Sesan said.
going nowhere ooo…”Mense said still dancing. She sensed his discomfort as
soon as Josh stepped into the house.
trying to reach you this past few weeks. How about giving me a phone number
that really works and a number that I can reach you on?” Josh said trying
to speak above the music.
have a….”Isiuwa started.
spare phone that you can have.” Mense said to Isiuwa.
then…” Isiuwa said smiling.
090…..” Mense supplied.
the number in his phone while Sesan fumed at a corner.
still drinks left, lemme get us some.” Mense said.
my mom’s driver is waiting outside for me and I promised I won’t be long.”
“See you soon then?”
meeting you…” Josh said to Mense.
Josh asked Sesan.
eye and pretended as though he didn’t hear him speak.
friend and school mate.” Mense said quickly.
meeting you guys…” Josh said.
out..” Isiuwa said.
ripped…what happened? Was it due to an overdose of partying?” Josh asked teasingly
such a joker Josh!” Isiuwa laughed and nudged him playfully as they walked
she won’t laugh like that if I cracked a joke as good as Basket Mouth’s.”
Sesan said quietly in anger.
is still on…don’t be the party pooper!” Mense said jokingly.
allowed Mense drag him back to the dance floor.
in frustration, she heard her crush tell her mom this afternoon that he was
returning to school in two days. Two days! Why? She almost wailed in agony.
he was going to stay longer this time. I hate you Jibo! I hate
youuuuuu…” Abigail said aloud.
sitting on her bed and staring at the laptop on her laps. She had typed different
questions, from ‘how to woo your crush’ to ‘how to make your crush notice you’ and
nothing seemed to help. She was about to type another keyword when her door
opened and her mother stepped in.
he went for a lame party.” Abigail said.
have I told you to stop placing a laptop on your laps? It could be life
threatening you know…”
wanted to rest my back against the pillows.”
one…its either you rest your back or surf the Internet. Which is most
important to you?”
internet…” Abigail said in a small voice
girl and stand up from that bed and sit at your table at the corner with your
smiled at her mother.
the salon…I’ll be back in a jiffy. Would you like anything?”
Abigail’s tongue to tell her mom, ‘could you kindly ask Jibo to fall madly in
love with me? ‘ but she shook her head and watched her mom leave and close the
ko…” She hissed and quickly typed in a keyword on the Google space and
Osas could be discharged that evening and he followed his parents out of the hospital,
he felt so relived. His parents were silent all through the drive home and he
was too. He was quietly seated at the backseat when a text message came through,
get rid of us easily? Then think again friend. I promise to make life a living
hell…for you. Have you forgotten so soon that we know your secrets? I promise
to blow them up in that church of yours…mark my words.’
The message was
signed Meka and hour instantly knew who it was, it was Emeka. He closed his
eyes and enjoyed the silence of the car, refusing to bother himself with the
threat message he had just received besides he had nothing to hide.
gate of their house and as his father drove in, Osas felt as though he had just stepped into some kind of prison.
His father said grimly.
got out of the car while the gate man quickly came to take the luggage inside.
opened the door and saw Mense, Isiuwa and Sesan dancing together in the sitting
home…” Mr. Igbinovia said.
home to look for her…” His wife asked.
so I turned back and returned to the hospital.” He replied.
her.” Mense said.
errr…have to go…” Sesan said quickly as he headed towards the door.
him as though to say ‘ I thought I told you to go before now’ but she didn’t
say anything to him.
for coming. Good evening dad and mom, glad to have you back Osas.” Isiuwa
said and turned on her heels heading upstairs.
of greeting is that?” Her mother demanded.
though her mom was speaking to herself and stormed up the stairs.
sir….welcome home Osas…” Mense said quickly and exited the sitting room.
here?” Mr. Igbinovia asked aloud.
my room now…please don’t forget to call uncle and ask if I can move in with
him. I’ll still call him to iron out my plans. Thanks dad” Osas said and
walked slowly up the stairs.
surveillance…the doctors’ orders! Leave your door open because your dad and I
would be taking turns to watch you through the night.” His mom said.
Osas said under his breath and disappeared up the stairs.