I sighed tiredly as I rested my head on maria's laps, we just came back from Ibadan,- she'd taken me to see my Father's people.
"that's how it happened o."she concluded her half-heard story.
"hmm"I closed my eyes.
"If you want to sleep, lie down properly now."she said adjusting my position.
"Grandma, you'll be staying with us koh?"Eniola asked.
"Yes, for a while o, I'l be going back to Ibadan."She explained.
"No maami, I don't want you to go, please stay with me."I pleaded with her
"Me too.."Eniola pouted.
"see this children o."Maria laughed
"Okay I'll stay small oo"
"Yeeee!"Eniola hugged her.
"Mummy, lemme go and play with Tola?"she asked me.
"Don't injure yourself o"Maria cooed after her.
"Teju omo mi, there's something I want us to discuss, though I know, it might sound some how..."she hesitated.
"Uhum?"I shut my eyes.
"Teju, don't sleep, let's talk please."she shook me.
"Okay, tejumola is all ears."I laughed sitting up.
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"My dear, you know, every mother wants something good for her child..."she began.
"As a child progresses in life, there are different things he or she needs to do..."she hesitated.
"hmm."I wondered where all the sermon's were coming from.
"Teju, let me ask you, how old are you?"
"24 na!"I chuckled.
"Good, according to the societal law, you are supposed to be in your husbands house..."she paused to see my facial expression.
I gave her a deep frown.
"this style of you living alone, fending for your self is not just it, you need a man in your life Teju. A man who would take good care of you."she explained.
I mumbled some words.
"Ehn? What did you say? Abi the men are not coming?"she searched my eyes.
I looked away. Left for me, I would never marry.
"Take David for example, I mean, Eniola's father. The boy seems to be all over you, ehn? You don't need a future teller to tell you he wants you..."she was beginning to sound excited.
"hmmm Maami, you read meanings into things o, I and David are just close cos of Eniola, if not, I have no deal with him."I began to say.
"Heehn! You think I'm blind? The way he use to talk to you, the way he use to..."
"Maami...ah!"I cut her short.
"All I want from you is to consider him."she said adamantly.
"Ehn! I've heard, can I sleep now?"I rolled my eyes.
"omo yi...hmn, Your still stubborn, when will you change?"she laughed lying down beside me.
"Well that's when my name changes from Tejumola."I laughed with her.
Soon Maria was fast asleep, but I remained awake. Different thoughts flooded my mind.
She wanted me to get married, sure that's right.
But I don't think I'm ready to take any poo from some Adam's generation...
Talking about David, he's putting up some moves recently. Those unnecessary things he would buy, knowing too well I'd use them, The regular shoppings all in the name of shopping for Eniola. I know he'd give anything to have us together, but I just can't bring myself to accept that. Tejumola isn't that cheap!
"Mummy! Daddy is here!"Eniola yelled from outside.
"Daddy what did you buy for me? Ehn?"she asked loudly.
"Mummy see ooo"she bashed into the room.
I jumped up swiftly, adjusted my dress.
"Hy."I greeted David as he walked in.
"Hy hy Hy...that's a nice dress."he made to hug me.
"Thanks."I backed away.
"Mummy, see, my daddy bought me ice cream, chocolate, and...and...and..."she sounded happy.
"And samosa."David helped her out.
"Samosa! What kind of name is that one?"Eniola laughed.
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"Grandma see!"Eniola told Maria who was exchanging pleasantries with David.
"Oma se oooo, ah! Daddy Eniola thank you o."Maria said to the amusement of Eniola.
I shifted from one feet to another, I could feel David's eyes boring into me. This man should stop looking at me na! I frowned.
"Did I tell you I love that dress?"David asked not minding Maria was listening.
"Actually, I came to see you...we've gat some talks to do."he wore one of those seductive smiles.
Don't even waste your time o! I wanted to tell him.
He walked gently to the door
"I'd be waiting outside."
I nodded, waited for sometime, before following him.
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