Due to numerous stops on the road, we got
back to Ogun-state pretty late..Abayomi
chaperoned me all through the journey. He
didn’t even allow me utter a simple ‘thank you’
to Jafar as soon as we were dropped at Toun’s
apartment. He ushered Toun and I in while he
helped us carry our bags. I realized something
had changed. I knew I should have felt lucky to
have a friend that was having my back, but I
felt he should have taken me for my word more.
Me: Abayomi, you should have allowed them
drop me at my place atleast
Abayomi: I am sorry, I thought you would want
to sleep here
Me: nope..i miss my bed..
Abayomi: let me call a cab guy for you
Me: cab abi Okada will do just fine…
Less than 20minutes, the supposedly called
Cab guy knocked the door. Timi’s ashen face
welcomed me as I opened the Toun’s metallic
Me: what are you doing here Timi?
Timi: Abayomi told me you need a ride home, I
am at your service.
Me: I didn’t tell him to call you, I can get home
Toun came out of the bathroom with a towel
tied round her chest..
Toun: ha..Timi, howfar?
Timi: I am good, how was your trip?
Toun: fine Jare, you came to help Tana? thanks
Me: he doesn’t need to help me, I already called
Nathaniel, he is on his way..
Toun: Tana, follow Timi.. When Naetochukwu
comes, I will tell him she has left. Her bag is the
blue one on my bed..
Timi hurriedly carried my bag to his car and sat
there, waiting for me. I hugged both Abayomi
and Toun and bade them goodnight..
Timi drove in silence, I was hoping it would
continue that way until he popped a question..
Timi: what is the Naetochukwu thingy all about?
Me: none of your business
Timi: what of the Jafar trip?
Me: none of your business too..
Timi: what is all this hostility about?
Me: does Annie even know her boyfriend is
Timi: we are broken up..
Me: lool..you are a smooth liar though, I give
that to you…
He didn’t reply me until we got to my
apartment. As I opened the door, I notice he
wanted to come in, so I stood my ground..
Me: goodnight Timi, thanks for the ride..
Timi: can I come in..
Me: no, absolutely not..
He carried me effortlessly off my feet, I started
pushing him to let me go but it wa fruitless..he
dropped me on my bed..
Me: what do you want?
Timi: a listening ear..
Me: you are in the wrong place..
TImi: just hear me out..
I went to my fridge and took a satchet of Nutri-
C, I made a glass of the orange drink as he sat
down on the bed and started talking..
Timi: before we started dating, I and Annie
dated briefly…it was more like a fling that was
why I never told you. But the guy that she
broke off with o come to me was still in her
heart, so after a few weeks, she went back.
After lecture, one afternoon like that, I got a
text from Annie that I should see her at Mini-
campus. By then you and I were already dating.
I met her and she told me something that
Timi: she told me she was pregnant for me and
she wasn’t ready to abort it..
I was speechless for a while, I never could
imagine Annie pregnant..
Me: so where is the baby?
TImi: I told her I couldn’t force her to abort it
but I felt it would be in our best interest if she
Timi: after some days, she came back and told
me I would have to take responsibility for the
baby and all. I told her there was no problem
and I would have to tell you, because it was
eating me up, we quarreled a bit , her qualms
was that I wanted to tell you that she was
pregnant and all the girls in the school would
know about it from you..i told her you weren’t
like that…so she went off in a rage. The next
time I hear from her, she had done an abortion.
Me: I am not yet getting you..
Timi: I couldn’t date you without telling you all
the poo that had gone down, and if I told you..i
would be breaking the promise I made to her
not to tell anybody.
Me: so you chose her over us?
TImi: I chose her dignity and my word..
Me: so afterwards you decided to start straffing
her again, probably planning for another baby?
Timi: I thought I owed it to her to stand by her,
somehow something led to the other, you
started dating Acho and I just remained with
Me: how convenient of you to blame me..
Timi: I am not blaming you…I am telling you
Me: so why now, why tell me the truth now?
TImi: because you belong to me, and I should
have just told you everything from the
Me: you should have..
There were tears streaming down his eyes..he
looked so fragile, I wanted to hug him and tell
him everything would be alright..but I was
hurting too..he should have told me all these, it
would have given us some closure..
Me: so what do you want now?
TImi: I want us back, I am done with Annie…
Me: but I don’t think I am ready for a
relationship right now ,Timi..plus dating you
isn’t even in my plan..
Timi: do you still love me?
I kept quiet for a while…he looked at me with
those beautiful eyes,,
Me: yes I still love you..
TImi: please give me a chance..
Instead of replying, I held him and he rested his
head on my breastz..i told him he could stay
the night..afterall..this was Timi..i put off the
light and went to lock my door..
Through the window, I saw a car pull out from
the front of my apartment into the night.
It was the Volvo.