Thursday, 5 July 2018

IN The DARK 2 Episode 23-24

“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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


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“Is either you get up from that chair right now or i will have you dragged out” I said to uncle mike and the smile on his face faded immediately. He only looked at me with a straight face. His facial expression was blank and this made me doubt if i had created enough fear in him or not. I did’nt want to cause a scene on my own engagement but i wouldn’t mind causing one by dragging uncle mike out of the hall on my heels.
At that particular moment the engager was doing her thing on stage and i was not needed on stage but i knew i would be call upon soon. I bent alittle closer to uncle mike with a fake smile and said “Am sure the least you want right now is to be embarrassed infront of all this camera. Remember what i did to your wife? That part of me is still so much alive. Now move it uncle”
My last statement created enough fear in my uncle and he reluctantly stood up from the chair. He looked at me directly for like a minute and with my two inches heels, i was way taller than him. I looked down at him and told him to make himself feel comfortable in the crowd.
Mi mom who had been carried away by the engager performance noticed the exist of uncle mike. She gave me a questionary expression and i replied with a smile, telling her to calm her nerves. I knew it was the family’s arrangement for uncle mike to sit with Mi mom, but i did’nt give a poo about their arrangement. It was my day, everything was suppose to be about me and everything was suppose to go just the way i wanted.
The engager called on the groom’s men to prostrate before the bride’s parent. This was the time everybody noticed the bride’s father absence. Before it got suspicious, i walked graciously to where Mi dad was sitted and ushered him to the sit vacated by uncle Mike. He was not prepared for it but he accepted and acted normal. Uncle mike and the family could rot in hell for all i care.
Bridal rites were paid, prayers were said, i sat on kelvin’s parent laps for prayer and vice versa, everything was super fun.
At exactly 6:00pm, the engagement came to a lovly end. Pictures were taken and many memories were captured. I could not help but notice the frown on my mom’s family throughout the event but i cared less.
I looked everywhere for Lizzy but she was no where to be found. I gussed i really bleeped up when i delt with her mom and she might probably be willing to take the grudges to her grave.
****
I returned home with my family and i was happy to be traditionally kelvin’s braid. He was my everything.
My foster parent invited me to their room after i undressed. At first Mi dad was mad at me for going against the family but at the end, after expressing my feelings to the duo, they were both proud of me and mi dad agreed to give out my hand in the holy matrimony.
I went back to my room and with the girls with me, the night was fun. Loud music, noise from every angle, laughter, delicious aroma and get together were all that filled my house because of the huge number of guest.
I excused myself from the girls and looked through my window. The moon was shinning so bright and a broad smile spread across my face when i thought of where i would be at the same time, the next day.
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YIPPPEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was a beautiful Saturday and it was the day i had always anticipated MY WEDDING DAY.
I could not really sleep throughout the night because all my thought was based on my wedding. I thought about how everything would go down well and i found myself going on my kneels in the middle of the night. The night seemed unnecessarily longer and this made me eagerly open my eyes and watch the night has it slowly passed away.I slept around 4:00Am and woke up six.
The noise from the ladies in my room woke me up. Khole jumped on me and gave me a peck. I could see the excitement on her face. I was practically dragged out of the bed by the ladies and the day started with us taking ‘makeup free’ selfies.
After the whole thing with the girls, i rushed to my foster parent’s room. Mi mom was up and doing already and so was mi dad. I went on my kneels and they showered me with prayers. The couple prayed whole heartedly and this got me emotional. I could not hold back my tears when Mi mom said “how i wish my brother is here. He was always proud of you baby”.
“common mom, don’t make her cry” khole said from the door and took me into her arms. I got myself together and hugged my family before going back to my room.
Me and my ladies dressed up and the whole ladies section was been filmed for rememberance.
It was fun to have my makeup done while the girls made nasty comments and we all laughed happily.
With my gorgeous wedding gown, My bridal shoe, My stunning jewelry and my pretty self, i was ready to head to the registry for my prince charming.
I was about to exist my room when kelvin called.
“Hey Wifey” he shouted. I only laughed into the phone. “Thanks for agreeing to marry a punk like me baby. I promise to build the world around you and only you honey” Kelvin said and i told him we would see about that. I was about to ask of kelvin’s look when khole snatched the phone from my hand and said “Wait till you put the ring on her finger dude!” i could hear kelvin’s loud laughter before he finally dropped the call.
I left for the registry with my family and my beautiful bridal train at exactly 8:00Am. The order of the cars was a sight to behold, anytime, anyday and anywhere.
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Though there were restrictions, the registry was filled with mass media agents. I felt so proud of myself when i saw kelvin and the men in suit. Everybody looked breathe taking.
The legal marriage was done and i became kelvin’s legal wife. Next up was the church.
The security cars were in front, followed with the president’s roll royce, then kelvin’s Range rover, followed by the men in suit G wagon and finally the army .
After the groom’s family departure, i also made a grand departure with my family.
I was in a white Limousine with my bridal train, my foster parent followed in a brand new chervrolet camaro 2015 and fleets of cars followed behind.
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Nothing felt more precious than walking into the house of the lord, with your white pretty gown and father holding your hand. It was a day i would never forget.
All eyes were on me and i felt like an angel among mortals.
Mi dad was called upon to give my hand in marriage to kelvin and it was time to exchange vows.
Vows were made and it got funny when kelvin could not wait for the instruction to kiss me before he tried to. My groom to be tried to kiss me thrice and the reverend kept pushing him back, before he was finally allowed to do so.
I saw nothing but love in his eyes, even his lips tasted it. Everything went beautifully well without the family reacting to me making Mi dad the bride’s father and according to plan, my white wedding was a huge success.
There was order of photo and we had to stay behind to take a shot with all the important personnel included. It was so overwhelming to be the president’s daughter inlaw. Everybody loved me.
****
I was about to leave the church when Jordan stopped me and asked for a minutes. Anxious about what he had to say, i left my bridal train and followed him.
Jordan held my hands when we got to a corner of the church, he looked into my eyes and smiled. I smiled back not knowing what he was upto. Jordan released my hand and brought out a small box, he handed it over to me and said “open up Nancy”.
I opened the box with my eyes fixed on Jordan. I was speechless when i saw the box content. It was the exact ring given to me by my parent and i gave it to Jordan some years back.
“I wanted to hold unto this before but now i think it belong to kelvin. Nancy i love you and i always will. Am happy for you and i want you to be happy for me. Wish me luck with Loretta sis. She got my heart beating fast but i don’t know if kelvin will let me.Nancy, i will still be here for you, I promise” Jordan said and kissed my hand.I felt a huge happiness in me as i went into his arms.
My heart was filled with happiness as i went into Jordan’s arms. The huge only lasted for awhile before we ended it.
“So that’s what i wanted to get down with. Let’s go rock the reception” Jordan said and we both laughed. I held the ring box close to my heart as we walked back to the car.
“Is someone trying to steal my bride?”
Kelvin said from behind just when i was about to open the car door.
“Been searching for my bride and my best man for hours now” Kelvin continued and i smiled at the realisation of what he was trying to insinuate.
“Don’t be scared, i won’t take away your bride, am no longer the bad guy you use to know” Jordan said and we all laughed.
“Common babe, we’re leaving in our new ride” Kelvin said and i asked what he ment.
Kelvin hurriedly informed me that the president shipped in a new ride for our wedding. I eagerly informed khole and the ladies of the change before i left with kelvin.
Kelvin had my eyes covered as he led the way to the new ride
“Do you guys realise that you don’t have time for all this surprise game. You are late for your own reception for Christ”
I heard Loretta’s voice infront of us. Kelvin finally opened my eyes and all i could scream was “Woah” when i saw the ride.
It was a beautifully decorated white Lamborghini Veneno.If not for my big wedding gown,i would have danced round the car before leaving in it.
Myself, kelvin,Loretta and Jordan occupied the Lamborghini while others followed in the ride they came with.
With fleets of classy ride,we made a grand exist from the church and a grand entry into the reception.
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I had a change of dress in an arranged hotel room which was in the same compound with the reception hall.I wore a red dinner gown and a golden heels.I also had makeup retouch and within thirty minutes i was good to go.
MC Abbey handled the event and i danced into the hall with my groom and my beautiful bridal train.
It was a beautiful entry as we danced to Tiwa Savage performance.Everything was beautifully made to the extent that i got emotional at the beginning of the event.
The order of arrangement was followed and after lots of dancing, it was time for the bride to dance with the groom’s father.
“Now let’s the honourable president come on stage and the beautiful bride. I hope you are here with your dancing shoe sir” MC Abbey said and he exist the stage.
The president held my hand and walked me to the stage, i felt as if my heart was going to burst out with the amount of crowd and cameras. Everything felt so overwhelming.
Myself and the president danced to Kcee performance. I would have been overwhelmed by the number of celebrities and important personalities on sit but with the number of surprises i had received,i wouldn’t be surprise even if angels were in attendance.
The president was a good dancer and even through his dance, his joy could be felt. We were sprayed with different currency during the dance.It got to a point that i had to ask myself if the wealthy think before they spend lavishly.
We received a loud applaud from the crowd after the energetic dance with the president.
Mi mom was called upon to dance with the groom as i exist the hall, to have a change of dress.
When i returned,I met the bridal train dancing to kiss Daniel performance and they were lavishly sprayed as well.
With my cream gown on and a red heels, i was called upon to have a slow dance with my groom later on.
“African queen” was performed by the legendary 2face as i slowly danced with kelvin.Everything about the song was beautiful and the live performance made it more heart warming.
I looked into kelvin’s eyes and thought about the past, present and the future. Everything was a dream come through.All that happened was all i ever wished for, the only wish that was left out was impossible. I knew it could never happen but i still wished my parents were present to see their little girl get married infront of all the personalities on sit.Once again, i could not stop the tears that rolled down my face.
“Beautiful brides don’t cry” Kelvin said, bringing me out of my thought.He wiped my tears and said “I know you’re scared of what i will do to you tonight, don’t worry, it won’t hurt”
I smiled and pushed kelvin playfully.He held me close and kissed me on my lips. We remained like that till the performance ended.
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The programme was followed and the last of it all was cutting of the cake.We fed ourselves with cake and wine and in the middle of it all, our childish act came up.
The programme came to a beautiful end, though the party was still on, myself and kelvin had a night flight to catch to the State for our honeymoon.
It got emotional when i had to say goodbye to my family. Mi mom could not stop praying for a safe journey and Mi dad could not stop confessing how much he would miss me.I expressed my gratitude to my inlaws and i told khole to take care of her baby before we finally left.
LET THE HONEY MOON BEGIN!

To be continued..

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