Thursday, 5 July 2018

IN The DARK 2 Episode 21-22

“WTF” Was the only statement i could make has my jaw dropped. I was lost for a moment. I already had thoughts my relationship with kelvin was in a rush and to make things more complicated, my foster parent were talking about getting married in a month time just after their first meeting with the president.
I knew my foster parent loved me as much as they could love their child but again, i could not help but wish that my parent were alive. Seeking their opinion and having the go ahead from them would have been nothing but the perfect thing to do.
“Baby, what is wrong? Are you not happy?” Mi mom’s voice interupted my thought. I only looked at her without a response. “I thought you are inlove with kelvin.You should be happy you are going to be his bride” Mi dad added and he asked me to sit beside him.I slowly walked up to him with my eyes fixed on my toes.
“did you have a misunderstanding with kelvin? If you do not love him enough to marry him, let me know. I can never support anything you do not like because am doing everything just for your happiness” Mi dad said has he lightly caressed my hair.
I felt love from my foster parent after Mi dad’s statement and i saw the need to confide in them and let them know my fear.I took my time to express my feelings to them and They gave me a listening ear.When i was done, I felt a sudden relief.
Mi mom came closer to me after taking a deep breathe, she touched me lightly and said
” I know your fear baby but i do not want you to be scared of anything, just go with your heart.I want you to know that their is nothing like Mr.right and their is no human that is perfect, only God is.It’s fine for you to think you are rushing things because everything came alittle faster than expected, but i want you to know that even if you date a man for ten years, court for five years and get married after fifteen years of a good relationship, it doesn’t guarantee a happy marriage.Moreover, we are all destined with different luck. It took Josh more than five years to propose to khole but it took kelvin less than a week.That does not mean that khole will have a more happy home than you just because of the long relationship before marriage. though i wish the both of you a happy home.Am advising you like a mother Nancy, its not how long the courtship lasted but how productive the relationship is.Once you are sure you love him enough,we are solidly behind you and if you think you need more time,we will always consider your opinion dear.Just don’t keep me waiting, i need babies”
Everything Mi mom said was the truth and i digested all her words.I thanked my foster parent and promised to get back to them.I left for my room after hugging the duo.
I called khole immediately i got to my room.I took my time to make her see my fear and i told her about my foster parent opinion.Just has i expected Khole adviced me to go on with kelvin.According to her she saw kelvin in a completely different view from Jordan and she believed that kelvin loved me enough not to hurt me.Khole’s words came has a relief and i felt i was on the right track.Putting khole’s, my foster parent opinion and the fact that kelvin was there for me even in need, into consideration.I looked forward to walking down the aisle with kelvin.
I took my bath and said my prayer, after receiving a goodnight text from kelvin.
****
Time checked 6:00am.I lazily got out of bed and did the necessaries before having breakfast with my foster parent after which i left for work.
I was addressed strangely at work and lots of my co workers were nicer to me.I gussed the event of the previous week was still fresh in their minds.I settled in my office and got occupied.
I was on my way to get lunch at about 1:00pm,when i received an incoming call from kelvin.I accepted his call and said “Hello”.
“Hi miss, kindly bring your gorgeous self down for lunch”was kelvin’s response. At first i disagreed but i eventually got my bag and left with him after much persuasion.
Kelvin already had the V.I.P section reserved at a nearby restaurant and i was woahed by his arrangement.
Kelvin ordered a bowl of ice cream while we waited on the main course,immediately we arrived the restaurant.
I was about to take a spoon of ice cream when kelvin said “Is a month okay for you?” i feigned ignorance and said “What?”
kelvin held my hand and said “The thing is that my family love you and dad can’t wait to have grand children.If possible, am ready to marry you right now but i do not know if a month is fine by you.I just want you to live your dream, have things done your way and be happy. I promise to love you with all i have and be the best husband if you will let me Nancy…. I do mean it”
I looked into kelvin’s eyes and i saw nothing but passion and love.I did not have the right words to express my love for kelvin that moment.I only pulled him to myself and kissed him fully on his lips, as a sign of my love for him.
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Words could not express my love for kelvin. At that moment, all i could do was to to pull him to myself and give him a full kiss on his lips.
With my lips on kelvin’s and my eyes closed, i was so lost in our world. All i could do was to inhale his saint and enjoy the moment with the only guy that made my heart beat increase.
“Hmmm… Enjoy your meal sir and ma”
The waiter’s voice interupted my moment with Kelvin. I opened my eyes and saw that our table was full already, the waiter was also walking back to the kitchen with an empty tray but he had a funny look on.
I looked at the table, then looked at kelvin and we both started to laugh.
“We had our lips locked together for like how many minutes? I managed to ask in between my laughter.
Kelvin stopped to laugh and said “Actually i don’t know but am sure i loved every bit of it. Why is the waiter pained though? You really need to flaunt this ring everywhere we go”.
I only hummed and kelvin kissed the ring on my finger.
We had our meal with lots of joy in our hearts. We made lots of sweet promises and kissed at interval as well. Just like every other outing with kelvin, i had fun.
Kelvin took me back to the office after lunch and i left for home after spending an extra hour to complete my day’s work.
At exactly 4:00pm, i cleared my table and signed out.
****
“Mom! Dad! Am back” i shouted immediately i got home.
“Over here honey, we are in the study” I heard Mi mom’s voice from within.
I rushed into the study and hugged the duo on sight.
“What happened? Why are you so excited? Mi dad asked as he held my hand.
I released my hand and walked round the room in a funny way.
I then faced my foster parent and said “Mom, Dad am getting married to Kelvin!”
I could see the excitement in their faces as Mi mom kept on muttering “Woah” and mi dad jammed his hands together in excitement.
“Tell me, what happened? What changed your mind?” Mi dad asked as he hugged me tightly.
“Did you think it over?” Mi mom also asked before I settled in a chair and narrated what prompted my decision to them.
“Actually, i had lunch with kelvin today and contrary to my fear and doubts, i saw the truth and i felt the love. I love kelvin no doubt but i just confirmed i love him enough to give the rest of my life to him. Mom, Dad, i can’t really thank you enough, because of you I am who I am today. I owe everything to you both and now i realise there is nothing more important than family. I love you both so much”
I said and i took turn to hug my foster parent. They both took me into their arms one after the other and showered me with blessing.
” Now let the wedding plans begin! I want the whole world to be present” Mi dad shouted and we all laughed.
I took a sit close to mi mom and we all discussed about the introduction arrangement. According to plan, the introduction would take place in a week to the wedding and the family members of my late parents were to be present.
Since Mi mom was the only family left from my paternal family, the only family members that could cause trouble was my mom’s.
To avoid disagreement, Mi dad took it on himself to inform my late mom’s family of my wedding arrangement and they would be allowed to make most of the family decisions since Mi mom could be addressed as a weaker s-x, been a woman.
Mi mom agreed to Mi dad’s decision for the sake of peace and we all agreed on Mi dad visiting uncle mike the next day.
I excused myself to my room and placed a call through to khole. I felt how excited she was when i informed her of our plans and she also promised to come around the next day. I layed on my bed after ending my call with khole. I faced the wall and refreshed my memory on all that had happened in my life. I realised everybody can move on and let that unforgettable past havs little effect on them. When i lost my parent, especially my mom, i thought it was the end for me, but with God, faith and the people around me, i was able to walk past that dark part of my life. I also believed there was no limit to chasing my dream, do you?.
****
The ringing of my phone woke me up and i realised
I slept off while thinking about my past. I slowly opened my eyes and reached for my phone. I accepted the call without checking the caller I.D and murmured “hello”.
“When were you planning on telling me?” The caller from the other end said.
I checked my phone to confirm the caller and i saw it was Jordan. My heart skipped a bit as i said “Tell you what?”.
“You are getting married to him, right?” Jordan asked and my mouth went dry. I was able to slowly erase Jordan from my heart, but i was never able to get rid of the guilt of betraying his love whenever we talk.


“why will he do this?” I asked rather too loudly.
“Maybe he just want to contribute” Mi mom said as a response to my rhetoric question.
“But i did not ask him for a thing. I mean i can take care of myself” I said, talking to no one in particular.
Mi dad came close to me and said “Probably you should give him a call honey. He is in the position to answer all this question.”
Mi mom handed my phone back to me and i dialed kelvin’s number.
“What is the cash deposition for?” I asked immediately kelvin accepted my call.
“Chill honey. First things first. Good morning and how was your night beautiful?” Kelvin said, not realising my mood.
“Just give me an answer already kelvin” I said not responding to his greetings.
Kelvin cleared his throat loudly and said “Okay iron lady. Actually am not kind enough to deposit such amount into your account and before you will start feeling like a celebrity that i need to beg with money, i did not make the deposition. Dad did, and he used one of the accounts he opened in my name, that’s why my name appeared as the depositor. Hope am safe now?”
After kelvin’s explanation, i could not help but feel lucky for the kind of family i was going to have has inlaw.
I told kelvin to forward the president’s contact to me and i also asked him to inform Loretta that we would be meeting by 12:00pm.
“Can i come along? You have enough to shop for me and i don’t have any boxer again”
Kelvin said and i told him to get lost before i ended the call.
I narrated all that kelvin said to my foster parent and they were excited. Mi dad joked about me lending him money before he placed a call through to the president. We all took turn to express our gratitude and the president been the humble man he was, told us were worth more than the money.
I remembered Mi dad of the chat he was suppose to have with the chairman of my office before i left for my room.
We had breakfast lately that morning, after which i got ready for the shopping with Loretta.
At exactly 11:40am, i was on my way to Kelvin’s.
****
I was surprise to meet Jordan at kelvin’s, according to him, kelvin invited him for shopping.
I found out that Loretta and Jordan were getting closer and even a blind man would see that they were fond of eachother.
After alittle chat with kelvin’s mom, i left with Loretta, leaving the men behind.
The driver assigned to take us around the town drove us to different beautiful Ladies shopping complex and we were able to get all the things we needed. Loretta was fun to shop with and with her fashion taste, she made the best choices.
After shopping with Loretta, i decided to plead with her to come shop with me for my wedding instead of going with Mi mom. After little persuasion, loretta agreed and i told her all the places we got khole’s wedding materials for. She also made new suggestions and i found myself happily looking forward to having fun with Loretta.
Loretta also promised to invite some of her friends who would love to be a member of the bridal train.
When we were done shopping around the town, i went home excitedly and tired after getting my ride from kelvin’s.
****
I told Mi mon about my new plan of travelling with Loretta instead of her, thinking she would be a bit angry of my new decision. Instead Mi mon was happy she would have enough time to make all the arrangements needed in Nigeria. She was also happy about my new found friendship with my sister inlaw.
After discussing with Mi mom, i called khole and invited her over for my pre-wedding pictures before i had lunch.
The rest of the day went uneventful apart from getting freed from work as a result of Mi dad’s meeting with the chairman.
****
I woke up super excited the next day, though it was just pre-wedding picture i was going to take, it made me realise my wedding was near.
At exactly 11:00AM, Myself and khole left for the suit we would be making use of. Kelvin also came with Loretta and Jordan.
Makeup artist and hair stylist were made available as well. I was stunned when i saw my new look in the mirror after been worked on by the specialist.The invited designer helped with the dresses i shopped with Loretta.Without been told, i knew i look gorgeous after dressing up.
I could not help but thank my stars for my choice of husband when i saw kelvin as well,we were what most people would call “The perfect Couple”
“Josh Collage photography” got to work immediately we were set.All in all, we had different beautiful pictures from three different dresses.
At the end of it all,I smiled home with fullness of Joy.
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Few weeks later the pre-wedding pictures were out and without much effort, it went Viral on social media. Over the night,i became a public figure.
****
Bags were packed, goodbyes were said and two weeks to my wedding i was on a private jet with my bridal train. (Loretta and friends)
“Let the shopping begin!”
I shouted immediately the jet took off.
“Let the shopping begin!” I shouted immediately the jet took off. If any sooth sayer had reveal to me that i would be going to shop for my wedding in a private jet, few months from then, i would have told the person to get lost. Thanks to my father inlaw (the president), i got more than i had always wish for.
The flight from lagos to Los Angeles was interesting. I had lots of fun with the ladies. With their sense of fashion and their class, i was rest assured getting the best would not be a problem. Through the ladies, i was able make a new choice of my shopping location. Since dad loaded my account with enough money after the deposition from kelvin, i had nothing to worry about in terms of money. All i needed was quality.
****
We found our way to Beverly, hills where a reservation was made for us after the long flight from Nigeria. In less than an hour, i found myself feeling at home already. I placed a call through to my foster parent, the president, khole and then kelvin who was also on a trip to get his wears. We all had our dinner in our hotel room after which we had a long chat before we decided to call it a day. The next day was ment to be the beginning of my wedding shopping, since we had just a week to round everything off.
****
The ringing of my phone woke me up the next morning. Everything changed since we were in a foreign land but my love for kelvin never changed. He called me early that morning and said lots of beautiful things that made me feel butterfly in my tommy. The long talk with kelvin woke some of the ladies up and they got jealous to the extent that they could not hide it. This made some of the girls narrate their experience with love and again, we started the day with a long gist.
After chatting for awhile, we went to the hotel restaurant to got breakfast and before preparing to hit the city.
At exactly 10:00AM, we left our hotel for Flagship Boutique, owned by Monique Lhuillier. Her boutique was one of the best in B.H and we settled for flagship because it had everything we were looking for.
Flagship boutique was more exceptional than i thought it would be, the whole of Monique Lhuillier collection caught my eyes but the one that took my breathe away was the “2015 Bridal landing”
the wedding gown was super gorgeous and when I tried it on, even without looking into a mirror, i knew it looked best on me.
I also got a red and cream colour dinner gown, for the wedding reception and my bridal train got a beautiful long cream dinner gown for the event.
We all went home happy and fulfiled that very day.
I was the happiest girl in the world.
Throughout the week all we did was shopping.At the very end, i found the shoes of my dream in “Signature Bridal” by Monique Lhuillier and charming set of jewelry from “Fine Jewelry” also by Monique Lhuillier. We shopped for the little braids and all that were absent but would be participating on my wedding.Mi mom got most of her wealthy friends daughters to fit in all the roles before i left Nigeria.
After the whole shopping,i was more than fulfilled at all the things i got.Though, a huge amount of money was spent, i got all that i had ever wanted for my wedding.It was a huge success.
****
At exactly 4:00pm, our plane landed in Lagos Nigeria. Cars were already waiting to take us home and around 7:00pm,i was at my door step in Ilorin while the ladies went to their various house as well.
I was happy to be with my family again and i was most happy it was a week to my introduction.All the arrangement Mi mom successfully made also made me love her the more.We had a long mother/daughter chat before i finally retired for the day.
****
Before the blink of an eye, it was my introduction day.
Stylist, makeup artist, khole and all that i would be needing was made available. Though it was suppose to be a low key family introduction, the sight that welcomed me made me doubt if it was just an introduction or the wedding proper.There were heavy securitys in the whole arena as well.
Since Yoruba culture was showcased, i was dressed in “iro and buba” while kelvin wore Agbada.
Groom’s family were welcomed, each family member was introduced and other necessary things were done.The introduction was nothing but a huge success as well.
****
The event had an impact in me. Afterwards, I isolated myself in my room and thought about all that happened. Even those that never spent a kobo on me were introduced but the lives that brought me into this world were missing. I let tears fall freely from my cheek at my sudden realisation that i was an orphan.Due to the love i received from my foster parent, i almost forgot i was alone without a family.
I rose to my feet and looked through the window.
I let the thought of the past wander in my head and after a long time of letting go of the past.Memories of my parent’s death came calling. Before i could say jack, i lost control over my body.It was all like a nightmare.
I lost myself to the past and all the memories i had long forgotten re-surfaced.The events of my parents death came calling and before i could say jack, i lost control over my body.It was all like a night mare as all that happened during my parents death came in a flash.
It all felt like it was in the present though it was the past i had always tried to forget.
Just like a movie,everything came right before me.From the death of my dad,to the last words of my mom and the moment my mother was given back to mother earth.
I unconsciously fell to the ground as different thought came to my mind.At first my it was only the tears falling down my cheek but has i got deeper in my thought, i started to weep. The deeper my thought got, the more it took over me and from weeping, i started to wail not minding the number of guest in my house.
I wailed and shouted with the whole of my strength, as if my living depend on it.I cried for all the years i have lost track on the past that was my root.
Few minutes later, i felt i was losing my strength, i tried to stop myself from wailing but i could not.Getting up became a difficult task for me.
If my parent were to be alive, they had always known when i was in discomfort but with them gone far away from this world, i was left with no comforter at that moment.I was sure everybody in the house would be bussy with their problem.Though i had people i called my family, they could never be compared with the father that brought me to this world and the mother that carried me in her womb for nine months.I was still in my state of dilemma when Mi mom showed up like a guardian Angel.
All my thoughts were proved wrong.
“Nancy! What is wrong with you?”
mi mom shouted immediately she entered my room.I could not say a word, i only looked up at her with my swollen eyes as she knelt down beside me.Mi mom held me to herself for a long period of time.She released me when i had stop wailing and gently carried me up. Instead of questioning me, mi mom slowly led me on the bed and made me lay on my back.She covered my body and placed a hand on my stomach.She gently tapped my stomach in a relieving way until i forgot both the past and present. I enventually fell into the hands of sleep.
****
I woke up to the sound of foot step in my room.I knew i had company but i could not place who it was.My head felt heavy and weak.I slowly opened my eyes and saw my foster parent sitting close to me in bed.Mi dad held my hand immediately i moved my body. “Baby, are you okay?” He calmly asked and i nodded.Mi mom gently sat me up and placed a tray in front of me.It contained a simple dinner of rice and fish stew.I had my dinner in bed with the help of foster parent that day.With the care i got from my foster parent, I felt ashamed of thinking i had nobody when i had the whole world.After eating my foster parent cleared my bed and put me to sleep before they left.I gussed they knew the reason of my sudden breakdown and they decided not to question me.
Since i was not sleepy after my foster parent departure, i placed a call through to kelvin and we had a long talk before i finally ended the call.I stayed up thinking about nothing all night.
****
Days rolled into nights and nights to weeks.
I had my bridal shower at khole’s residence three days to my wedding day.I could not use my foster parent home because of the guests and it felt more alive at khole’s.I had fun with the ladies, including Loretta and with the help of “Josh collage photography” All the beautiful moments were captured.
After the event, i went home thinking about the following day.It would be friday and it was scheduled for my engagement.Throughout the day, i looked forward to becoming kelvin’s braid traditionally.
****
At exactly 3:00pm on friday afternoon, i was fully dressed in my traditional attire.I wore an expensive set of jewelry and local bead.Some minutes to 4pm, i matched out of the house to “Stela Obansanjo multipurpose hall” where the event was to take place.I was in company of myladies dressed in the same attire.My foster parent,khole and Josh also had the same attire on.In all different colours of aso-ebi could be seen,ranging from class and colour.
Music could be heard from a mile to the hall.Their were fleets of cars everywhere and i could not help but marvel at the turn up.
An unexpected event occurred when i danced into the hall with khole and other ladies behind me.The smile on my way disappeared when i saw uncle mike sitting close to my mom as the bride’s father.I decided to speak for myself and take a bold step.I knew the man that was there for me when i became father less and somebody else representing him while he was still alive was something i could not take. Instead of going to the sit provided for me after the dance, i walked up to uncle mike and said “Is either you get up from this chair now or i will have you dragged out of this place”
the smile on his face faded immediately.

To be continued

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