Saturday, 11 November 2017

Wrong Number Episode 17

I got to Tunde’s place and sighted my fiancé’s Range Rover parked in front of the gate. Did he fly?” I wondered.
He came out of his car when he sighted him. He gave me a side hug and we went inside, no gateman. The gate was not locked.
We met him lying on the floor drunk to stupor. When did he start taking alcohol?” I asked myself.
He had already packed his personal belongings.
Daniel and I helped him up and made him sit on the sofa, he was crying like a baby, reeling of alcohol.
“You need to man up guy! This is not the end of the world” Daniel said
I picked one of the empty beer bottles on the floor.
“Now that you resolved to alcohol, as it solved your problems. Tunde is this the solution” I raise the bottle to his face. Tunde, you are a disappointment, take a look at you, you are a mess right now.
He buried he’s face in palms sobbing.
“You need to take your bath and change, we need to get you out of here since you’ve been ejected” I said and pulled him up.
Daniel led him upstairs to the bathroom and return shortly.
“Daniella! What are you trying to do, where will you take him” he asked anxiously.
“Don’t worry he’s not coming to the mansion, I can’t allow him stay with you” I replied
“Hope you are not thinking of taking him to your house either”
“No, he still has a friend who can helped, remember the guy from his former house?”
Daniel nodded.
I put a call through to Francis and explained the issue in ground.
“What are friend for, you can bring him” he said.
“Thanks Francis, we’ll bring him right away”
He came downstairs, he looked a bit better this time, we packed his things in the vehicle.
Daniel turn on the ignition, we were about to leave, then Tunde asked
“Where are you taking me?”
“To Francis’s” I said
“Back to square one” he blurted out, tears steaming his face.
I really felt for me, drop of tears fell from my eyes. Daniel saw it and held my left hand and squeezed it gently.
I gave Daniel directions to the house. Francis opened the gate for us, Daniel drove into the compound and parked the car. We all exchanged greetings. I introduced Daniel and Francis. He moved Tunde’s things into his room.
We all took turn in encouraging Tunde.
“You don’t have to wallow in self pity, pick up the pieces of your life and start all over again. I hope you’ll make the right call next time” Francis said
“You warned me then, but I never listened. You told me its my loss if I leave Pamilerin, now I loss not only her but everything. Have learnt my lesson” Tunde said calmly.
“I heard you are brilliant, there are so many companies out there who are interested in people like you, so I think your next move now is to get another promising job and I wish you all the best” Daniel advice.
“Pamilerin was right he said your kind of man is rare. I can see she’s right. Thank you so much Daniel for your help” Tunde said.
“You are welcome”
“Send your CV to my mail, I still have some people who can help” I said
“I will, thank you” he said looking into my eyes.
I wanted to cry but I held it.
“Promise me you won’t drink again”
“I promise” he said assuredly
“We have to leave now” I informed them.
Francis followed us outside, he really appreciate what we did for Tunde. We also thank him for his kind gestures too.
Daniel offered to drop me off, I accepted the offer whole heartedly because I was so tired.
He dropped me off and left.
I called Tunde later in the evening to find out how he was doing
“Are you still using your old bank account”
“You don’t need to send me money, I’ll be fine”
"You want to live off your friend, housing you is enough, I don’t want you to be a burden to him"
“Pamilerin you’ve done enough”
“Is the account still active?” I asked bluntly.
“Yes” he said and sighed heavily.
“Ok, good night and sleep well”
“I will, thanks. Good night.
I ended the call and made the transfer immediately. I dont spent my salary, I never needed to, thanks to Daniel.
Have a great week everyone, God bless us all.
Two weeks later, we were all in front of the altar to witnessed the couples exchanged their vows. They finally said “I do”. I was the chief bride’s maid while my Daniel was the best man.
“I think both of you should just tie the knot today once and for all” Paul said and his wife supported the motion. We all laughed it off.
“Don’t worry, just give us little time” Daniel replied him.
“Little time! Is he planning to propose” I thought within myself.
After the reception, we saw them off to the airport for their honey moon.
I really miss Lizzy, they traveled to Paris for their honey moon. She called everyday despite the fact that she’s on her honey moon.
My love for Daniel increased on a daily basis. The same with him. I frequent his office more often, I’ve dropped most of my extra lesson classes. I and his secretary Lola are now friends although she’s younger than me.
Daniel’s latest habit is gifts shower. He showered me with all kinds of gift, some I even had to dash out. I lacked nothing, I was just working for working sake, not that I need the money. It got to a stage I had to complain.
“You are spoiling me with too much gift” I said
“Let me spoil you, you are all that I have here, you are my only family. My sister, my friend, my companion and everything. If I don’t spoil you who will I spoil” he said teasingly with a kiss.
****
Daniel proposed to me after we had a dinner date in an exotic restaurant It was so romantic.
“Will you marry this man that is head over heels in love with you?” he said kneeling on one knee with a red velvet box in his hand.
“Yes, I will” I said with teary eyes. I was so happy.
“I promise to love and cherish you for the rest of my life” he said and kissed me.
He took me home that night when we left the restaurant.
He pulled over and held my hand before I alighted
I got home that very day and told my family about my engagement. They were all happy to hear the news.
I went to my room. I looked at the expensive diamond ring on my ring finger, I definitely know it will cost a fortune. I remember where I was coming from, I couldn’t help but cry, I tried to hold back the tears but I couldn’t, I just let it flow. Here I am with a man who loved and cherished me.
“Lord I owe it all to you” I said aloud.
I found peace and fulfillment within me. I’m trusting God to give me all it takes to be a virtuous woman.
An hour later he called me when he got home. He thanked me for accepting his proposal and he made so many promises. Please who will turned down a marriage proposal from a man like Daniel.
****
The couples are back from their honey moon trip. They came to my house to visit. It was so good to see them again. Lizzy was sparkling in her yellow gown. Her Brazilian hair, make up and all was on point. She looks more beautiful and fresh.
“Lizzy look at you… Who says marriage is not a beautiful thing”
She turned around and accessed herself. “Thank you….she said smiling.
“You look stunning, Paul I can see your hand here”
“Yea! I tried right”
“This is more than try, job well done. Hi five my guy” I said and gave him a high five.
They also congratulated me on my engagement.
“Girlfriend I think you’ll need a bodyguard to carry that thing around” Lizzy said jokingly,
“You can say that again”
“It’s so beautiful” She said admiring my engagement ring.
“Thank you…” I said blushing.
I asked Lizzy when she’ll resume work and he said the next day.
“This is why I don’t like banking job, do you people rest at all”
“Imagine the bank gave her just two weeks for honey moon leave. I had to pull strings to get an extra week” Paul explained.
“I’m not complaining, I love my Job” She said giving us a funny attitude.
“You here that she’s not complaining “ I said and we laughed it out.
They promise to check on Daniel the next day. They left an hour later.
The next weekend I went to the Daniel’s place, I met Paul at the mansion.
They both welcomed me and I tabled Tunde’s issue.
“Please guys I need your help”
“You want to us to help him get a job, after everything he did to you” Paul said
“Let him get himself a job Daniella, I don’t know why you made it your duty”
“Hello o…this is Nigeria getting a job here is not that easy except you have connections”
“Paul has connections then, he’ll help”
“And you don’t have?” Paul tackled him
“Daniella, stay away from that guy, I don’t want him to hurt you. Youve done enough for him already”
“He’s not that kind of a person, it was frustration that led him into what he did then. He can’t hurt him.
“Daniel is right you have to be careful around him” said Paul.
“You guys don’t get it, this is a guy I used to love, I can’t just abandon him”
“Let me have his CV” Paul said
“Thanks,you are a darling” I handed the CV to him and gave him a peck on the cheek.
“I’m sorry I can’t help, you know he can’t work for me” Daniel
said
“I know but you have people who can, you can talk to your clients. I know you want to help him, you are just hurt because of what he did to me in the past” I said with all seriousness.
He stretched forth his hand and I handed the CV to him.
“I’ll send the soft copy to your emails too” I said to them.
Paul looked at Daniel and asked
“Who says women don’t have a forgiven spirit?”
Paul stated.
“My fiancée is one of the exceptions” Daniel replied him.
“See it takes the grace of God to forgive. Fine he hurt me in the past but who am I not to forgive him. As long as God forgives our sins then we have to learn to forgive others too” I explained.
“That’s the spirit and I'm proud of you my baby ” Daniel said and hugged me.
****
I told Daniel we’re having a midterm break in school and he insisted I spend the mid term break with him.
“You have a whole IT firm to run, remember?
i said
“I can work from home, you know. I want to spend time with you. If you don’t come, that means I wont see you this week, you already have plans for Saturday or are you no longer going for the workshop you told me about?” He asked
“I’m going” I replied
“The break is Friday and Monday, so spend the Friday with me and you can have Monday to yourself”
“Why are you so good at planning my schedules for me. Ok, I will get back at you sweetheart”
I told him I can’t promise him anything yet but I’ll get back at him to let him know if I’m coming or not.
We talked about other things for a while before he ended the call.
I informed my mum, I’ll be going to Daniel’s place on Friday.
“I thought you'll use the midterm break to rest” my mummy queried.
“My plan was to stay indoor too but Daniel change my plans. Midterm break is Friday and Monday. I will use that Monday to rest” I explained.
“Eh!....Eh! Just be careful o, no daughter of mine will get married with pregnancy o. I’m not in support of premarital sex, the bible says keep the marriage….
“….Bed undefiled, Mummy I know and there’s nothing to worry about”
“Just be careful oko mi, oju oni ti e o” (you will not be put to shame o)
“We already set our boundaries mummy, relax ehn”
“I’ve heard you, just be careful”
“Ok ma”
Mothers will always be mothers. I sighed.
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To be continued..

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