Read Story: SEASON 1 EPISODE 35
Because I slept quite earlier than I usually do, i woke up early the next morning feeling really tired (of sleeping). I could feel slight pains on my waist as I just kept rolling on the bed. It was still raining and I wasn’t in a hurry to leave the bed. Time check 4:45am
I checked my mail box to see some mails from some of the company’s clients whose projects I was handling and two from my own personal clients.
Turning on my laptop, I started by replying those that needed just replies before attending to those that involved my addressing certain issues.
Not until 6:45am did I exit the room to see mom preparing to leave the house for church. Calling out to Favour who was in the kitchen, she asked her to take two of those yams from the kitchen to the car for her.
I asked Fay why she was taking the yams along with her. She replied saying it was customary to take two yams to the church on new yam day, then bring back one after they had been blessed by the priest so the one brought back home would extend its blessings to the ones yet to be harvested in the farm.
I went back to do my morning hygiene and take my bath. Came back out to the living room around 9 just about the same time mom returned from church. Sitting across from dad who was on a couch, I began to ask him questions about the new yam celebration, what Fay had told me about the rain and its significance and just about anything.
Breakfast was boiled yams and eggs sauce, with only I and dad on the table arguing about politics as we ate. Save for different people calling in with prepared food (pounded yam and soup), “melon cakes”, and some with yam tubers, the rest of the day went uneventful during,which time i slept and also did some with my Pc. Food exchange is a norm in such celebrations in this part.
By 4:45pm we were on our way to the residence of the family that had invited my host family for the new yam celebrations. Dad drove, mom in front while I and Fay sat behind. Good a thing, Favour had warned me to prepare to eat pounded yam all through that day.
We drove for about 15 minutes before we got to one huge gate. Dad honked, and seconds later, the gate was thrown open as we drove into the very big compound. A number of cars were parked inside, just as music was playing from loud speakers outside the main building. Table were arranged outside and most were occupied by other guests.
We made our way into the building, with dad and mom saying hi and laughing with different guest at their tables before finally going in. I and Favour just tagged behind sheepishly. Minutes later, we met with chief and his wife (the host) with the four of them laughing as we sat in the vast living room. Two other guests were present inside with two pre-teen girls. Obviously their kids.
The wife went into the kitchen and came back out to join us. Minutes later, i noticed three girls begin to move in and out the kitchen to and from the dinning table. While the hosts talked and laughed with dad, mom and the other couple, I and Favour sat next to each other silently watching the giant tv screen same way the little girls did.
After a few minutes, the wifey got up and went back into the kitchen, came back out and announced to us it was time to hit the table. Chief led everyone present in the living room to the dinning table.
An open food flask containing pounded yam wrapped in white nylons, a closed flask obviously containing the soup, an open bowl containing fried chicken while another contained boiled goat meat. Four wine bottles at different points, bottled water and flat plates by the 10 dinning seats, hand wash bowls, wine and water glasses. Boy, this was the first time I was gonna partake in such expensive dinning setting.
As we took our seats, the wife kept looking at I and Favour opposite her and mom like perhaps I was Fay’s fiancé or something. In a bid to quell her curiosity, I noticed her bend towards mom and whispered into her ears, to which mom smiled shaking her head. It was at that point she introduced me to chief and his wife as son to their friend in Lagos and classmate with Frank who had come for the new yam celebration. Unfortunately, Frank left town yesterday for PH for an aptitude test.
Mom, Mrs and the other lady all stood up after a brief prayer before meal led by one of the little girls and began dishing out the food. Soup was afang, and as I later found out, contained lots of stock fishes and “kpomo”.
Chief opened the wine closer to him and poured for himself and his wife, dad and the other man did same for themselves and their wives. When I wouldn’t touch the one closer to me, chief specifically called out to me “young man, that wine,is supposed to be open”
“yes sir” i said as I grabbed and opened it. Fortunately it was non alcoholic, so I stood up and poured a glass for Fay, the two girls and finally myself.
Mrs at some point in a bid to bring us into the discussion asked Fay how work was going and me where exactly i stay in lagos, state of origin, my course study in unical, what I was doing for work, etc.
Corrected her I about the school with her saying but she thought Frank attended unical. Yes I said, we were classmates at FGCV. Then one if the little girl spilled her wine, to which Mrs called out “who’s there, Rosemary… Bring me a towel quickly”
Seconds later, Rose emerged from the kitchen with a towel to which she directed her to clean the girl’s dress and then the table. Not until she was about living did she realize I was the one seated there. But on a second thought, with the way she looked away like she had just seen me for the first time, I began to feel she must have seen me before then having realized that Frank’s parent were the guest when we entered the living room.
The rest of the meal went uneventful till we returned to the living room. A few other guest had arrived with chief going out to receive them.
I had to ask Fay why we had to get the honor of dinning with chief, to which she responded by saying chief and dad had been friends right from their days in the university, while the other couple were their godchildren.
I had hoped to see Rose again, but she didn’t come anywhere close to the living room till we left.
On our way home, Frank called mom to tell her about the test and how it went. Called him myself later when i was in the room an he told me how everything went and that he would leave for Calabar the following day, to be home on Monday. I told him we had just returned from Rose’s aunts residence and also filled him in on what transpired from Thursday with Ella, my meeting with Rose and finally her attitude when we met at her aunt’s.
The rest of the evening went uneventful, tv, chatting and sleeping.
Sunday morning, I woke up with running stomach around 5am. D--n i thought to myself, I’ve always had problem eating pounded yam. Having eaten it the first Saturday when I had arrived and was ok, I felt everything was ok within my system so I had really taken my time to enjoy the meal yesterday at chief’s residence.
The was no way I was going for mass in that state. Mom and dad left for the first mass, and I explained to Fay my predicament. She laughed saying perhaps the wine had contributed. She offered me a drug containing syrup Loperamide which I took and began to feel better. But my mind was already set for evening mass at St. Charles parish.
I left the house somewhat around past 3pm telling Fay I was going to hang out with Jude and go for mass with him.
By 6:20pm, some 20 minutes into the mass, I was already bored with the priest’s homily and was looking for a way to leave the church when my phone rang. Call was from an unknown number. Since we sat behind, I picked the call to which the caller was asking where i was. I couldn’t hear the person (a female) clearly because of the loud music in the background so i ended the call. Then during the offertory procession, instead of returning to our seat, I and Jude stepped out of the church.
Heading towards gate, I dialed the number and discovered it was Juliet. She asked where I was, and wanted me to meet her at “Friends Class” (a joint) so she’ll buy me a drink since Frank told her keep me company in his absence.
Told her I was with Jude and she asked me to come along with him. Jude wasn’t with his car so we took a bike there. Getting there, she spotted us at the gate and ran up to give me a hug and then Jude. Two other girls followed her shouting my,name after her “Fury Fury” as the also jumped on me when she moved over to Jude.
Juliet had another pair of Isabel Marant sneakers on, the two girls had Nike Air max sneakers on. All three wore some seriously short bump jean shorts and crop tops. Obviously they were all high, save for Juliet who looked coordinated. One of the girls had a lit cigarette on her hand while the other had a bottle of Smirnoff.
Their shouting attracted the attention of a couple of guys in the crowded place who kept staring at us as Juliet led the way to their table. The Table had all sort of empty alcoholic drinks on it. Juliet called the sales girl and asked me to place an order. In not wanting to ask for a soft drink, I had already resolved to take Smirnoff. But fortunately, it was outta stock so I settled for a bottle of fayrous instead. Forgotten what Jude took.
Now the table was in a dark corner, both when we came in, I noticed a girl whose head was on the table. As Juliet as her friends danced and rocked themselves like dykes to the appeal and cheers from seemingly high guys, the girl whose head was on the table finally sat up and to my surprise I discovered it was Rose.
She stood up, smiled at me,and then sat on my legs and began to rock me. I was confused as she did this until she kissed me unexpectedly did I realize she had been smoking and was also partially drunk. Then she stood up and pulled me up and started to rock me, but I couldn’t move. Firstly, I s--k at dancing, not to even mention in public and secondly I just felt Rose wasn’t her self.
As she dance, she began to say crazy and funny stuffs about wanting to fvck me right then. I quickly realized what ever she had been taking was finally taking control of her, so I led her to a corner according to one guy who suggested I get cold water for her.
As the sales girl went to get the cold water, she kept shouting “Fury I want to fvck you right now”, “Fury just take me right here” “She thinks I’m fvcking you, so lemme just do it” “Fury just fvck me”, “Fury my love” etc etc etc…
I became really worried and sent for Juliet and demanded what happened. According to Juliet, she (Rose) and her friends (Ella and co) had planned a trip to the ranch, but somehow they left her behind. So she joined her (Juliet’s) own group to the ranch. But since her group weren’t going up the hill, they ended up swimming at the pool down the ranch and then returned to town. That it was when they got back to town that Rose finally succeeded in reaching Ella (who was up the ranch) to demand why she was left behind after she paid for the trip and had even prepared some snacks when according to her, Ella told her to go and keep fvcking you (me), that she betrayed her and couldn’t afford to hang out with her..
I was like wow! wtf.. So I asked her what Rose took and,why they allowed her because obviously she hadn’t taken those things before. Juliet said she took XYZ and to the substance they added in their drinks and partook in some of what they smoked. Said she didn’t know the girl wasn’t into such, and that her problem is she doesn’t know the girl’s (Rose’s) residence.
Told her I knew the place, and together we lifted her and placed on a bike after finding her key in her purse. I sat behind her as she slept all through the trip home. Getting to her hostel, I lifted her and took her inside. Telling her next door neighbor what happened, I suggested the girl take her into the bathroom and clean her up and she had puked severally at the joint. I gave the neighbour her keys and left.
Time check, 8:20pm, I saw 3 missed calls from Fay and called Jude and told him I was heading home from there. To say the least, I was angry wirh everyone I could think of, myself inclusive.
Was thinking of the explanation to give when I got home for staying out this late, but fortunately dad and mom weren’t around. I just told Favour after mass, I and Jude hung out with a some ex FGCV guys including Guy 1 and 2. Having put my phone on silent from church, I didn’t hear the phone ring.