(A STORY BY TOYIN TAIWO)
EPISODE 3: ANIKE
It was a sunny Saturday morning, I and my room mate were busy doing our chores. She already promised Olamilekan we’ll visit him on Saturday. Tinuke reminded me about it.
“When are we leaving for his place” I asked.
“We can leave for 2pm” she replied.
“You and who? Inside this sun! I’m not going anywhere until the sun goes down o” I said frowning.
“If we have lectures for 2pm, won’t you attend” she queried.
“Sure I will, I will attend lectures under the sun or in the rain, that is different and the good news is that I don’t have lectures today.”
“I don’t know why you are even complaining sef, you are sounding like you want to trek to the place, are we not taking cab to the place?”
“Will cab carry us from this room down to his lodge?”
“OK o, we’ll leave by 4pm then” Tinuke said.
“Carry your bed along nau, we are leaving by 5pm” I concluded.
“5pm! Don’t go at all” Tinuke hissed.
“I can decide to stay back o.”
“Anike jokes apart, you know we owe him this visit, he had visited twice fa” she said.
“You really like this guy o and I seriously pity you, because you are playing with fire.”
“You pity me? She said laughing.
“It’s not funny, I just don’t want this guy to come between you and your guy, what if he calls you when we get there, you’ll have to explain to him what you’re doing in a guy’s house?”
“Don’t worry about me, I will switch off my phone.”
“Eh! That’s even worse, see, you are on your own. We are leaving by 5pm, agreed?”
Meaning? I asked.
“I agree” she interpreted.
“Good, that’s my girl” I smiled.
From the look of things, I can say that Olamilekan came from a rich family, he could pass for someone who had everything he wants at his disposal. I guessed he doesn’t like an extravagant lifestyle. He lives in a room and a parlour self contained apartment that is tastefully furnished and all electronic gadgets in place. He also has a car parked in his compound, trust Tinuke, she asked him who owns the car. I like this about him, silent rich guy.
Tinuke and I are from rich families too and we maintained our cool, but I doubt if my own father can allow me have my own car, maybe when I get to final year, he can allow me.
Olamilekan welcomed us, he was happy we came by.
“Wow! You live in a palace Olamilekan” Tinuke complimented still admiring the spacious room.
“Nice apartment” I added.
“Thanks” he said.
He asked us what we wanted for refreshments. I told him I don’t want anything, Tinuke eyed me and told him she’s OK with any drink.
He entertained us with some nice music video collection and served Tinuke juice and assorted Biscuits. Tinuke was about to take her refreshment when her phone rang.
“Why are you staring at your phone? Pick your call nau” I said.
“I thought you said you’ll switch off your phone when we get here.”
“I forgot” she said and the call disconnected.
“Pick the call, if he calls back.” The phone rang again and she took the call.
“What happened” I asked when the line went off.
“He hung up on me” she replied.
“What are you waiting for, let’s start going or you want him to call back and know you are still here.”
“That won’t solve anything Anike, he’s pissed already.”
“What’s going on?” he asked.
“We have to leave now, we’ll talk to you later” I inform him.
“No problem as long as she’s OK, let me see you off then” he said. He stopped a cab for us that took us to the hostel. He also paid the cab man.
We got back to the hostel. I tried to calm my friend because she was worried.
“Tinuke let me talk to him, I think he will listen to me.”
“Don’t bother, trust me he won’t listen to you.”
“Let me try if I can pacify him” she said and dialed his number.
“Hello I’m listening” he answered rudely.
“Please, I just want to clear the air, the guy we visited is a friend of ours and…..
“Anike can you please mind your business, this is between my girlfriend and I. I’d appreciate if you don’t meddle.”
“Excuse me!” I was shocked at his response.
“You heard me right and I think you are a bad influence on her so please stay away from her” he said and ended the call.
“I warned you, I know he wouldn’t listen, what did he say?” Tinuke asked.
“Nothing” I said with teary eyes, I doubt if I’ve ever been insulted like that all my life.
“Anike are you crying? What did he say to you, did he insult you?”
“It’s nothing and you are crying” she took her phone to call Sam but his call came in and she picked it up and put it on speaker.
“Hello what did you say to her” she barked at him.
“She didn’t tell you? Anyway I told her to stay away from you, that she’s a bad influence.”
“You told a girl that doesn’t even have a boyfriend, that she’s a bad influence? You are unbelievable! Congratulations you just succeeded in making her cry, I can take anything from you, even the jealousy but you doing this to a good friend of mine…this is the peak.”
“And whose fault was that? You left your hostel to visit a guy without even informing me.”
“You know what I’m tired of you and your monitoring spirit. I’m sick of this over protectiveness of yours, see, it’s over between us.”
“Seriously! she said and hung up on him. She broke down into tears.
“Tinuke please stop crying, you can’t end your relationship with him because of me.
“I’m through with him, I won’t forgive him for what he said to you.”
“Seriously I’m fine, you can’t break up with him because of me, try and resolve with him.”
“That is my problem not yours. I’m very sorry for putting you through this.”
“It’s OK” I said with a faint smile.
“Oya go and wash your face” Tinuke said.
“You mean we should wash our faces” I corrected her.
And we both laughed.
… to be Continued.