Take A Chance…Ep2

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Nelly was so tired from the trip to Sharon’s place, that she couldn’t wait to jump into the bed and have a good sleep. She didn’t even have the strength to change her clothes to something comfy. She just laid down on the bed and slept off.

Sharon decided to check up on her after noticing she didn’t come out of her room.
‘Would you like to eat something, Sharon asked as she opened the door and noticed, Nelly fast asleep.
She could imagine how tired she was especially as she had to sit close to a passenger that loves talking.
Sharon smiled and closed the door, she couldn’t help herself in reminiscing the good old days in the university.
Nelly has always been like a sister to her, they both shared the good and bad times. She really felt bad leaving her behind after relocating to the states. Having her here to spend three weeks with her and her family is going to be a holiday she will never forget in a hurry.
She really needs for them to catch up and also to know about her love life and how she has been holding on after the death of her parents in a fatal car accident. She promised herself that nelly was going to enjoy the time she has to stay with her.

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Rise and shine sleepy head, Sharon said as she made to open the curtains in the guest room, while her kids were already jumping on the bed trying to get Nelly to wake up.
“Oh my goodness!!! Sharon, these kids are all grown up!!!
“Can’t believe I saw them two years ago when they were just cute twins and now they are so big and gorgeous’.
“Now I have a big reason to be up, cos we sure gonna play real hard and catch up lost time”.

She made her way to the restroom to freshen up while Sharon left the room with the kids to get something ready for Nelly to eat.
Nelly joined Sharon as she made her lunch, wow didn’t know time has gone so far, guess I was extremely tired.
‘Ya can imagine and is to be expected because you will need some days to adjust to the time change.”
‘So sit down while I dish your favorite food.
“Did you say my favorite? Asked Nelly, as she was surprised Sharon still remembers her favorite meal.
“Of course? No one can take edikang ikong soup and pounded yam from you.
“I remember when you had to cry in the hostel because our pot of edikang ikong soup got stolen.
“Wow, you still remembered that? Nelly joined Sharon in laughing as they both reminisce that memory. And to think it was Aisha that stole it after claiming she doesn’t like food from the south.

“Those were good old days, so what about Ken, is he around?
“No, he’s not. His job takes him out of Houston most times for like 4-5months and he actually left last month. He was really sad he won’t be around to see you before you leave but promised to give you a call later in the day because he called earlier on and I told him you were still asleep”.

“And the kids? Can’t hear their voices anymore’. They went to the park with their nanny. replied Sharon. Now let’s talk about Nigeria, and how has life been treating you. I know you do keep me informed but hearing it from you while looking at you is what I need now.”
That got a laugh from Nelly because she knows where Sharon is coming from. They have been very close and can’t really hide stuff from each other.

“Well, my job is still the same old job you knew of, same salary and is really becoming boring for me. Have been able to move ahead following my folk’s death and you know my relatives made life really difficult which is due to the fact that my dad never prepared for an early demise or that he would have to die the same time with my mom and leave me alone in the world.

‘As you know, dad and mom were both government workers and I have been able to settle their gratuities and don’t intend touching it till I feel is necessary. So am still fighting on my own to make a name for myself. And as per relationship, it’s still the same old story. I get into a relationship and when I think all is going well, it just stops and I can’t explain so decided to just be selfish with myself and just enjoy life because am really exhausted. My plan from now is to live life to the fullest, travel when necessary and try to put all darkness behind me”.

Sharon could feel the pain, hurt and disappointment emanating from her friend while she talks about how life has been treating her. She wished she had been there during her trying times but distance has always been a major barrier. She prays this trip will help them bond more and also help Nelly to forget her pain.

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“Daddddyyyyyyy, I thought you won’t be coming back today because Grandma said your flight was delayed. So what happened?
“Well, we thought it was gonna be delayed, James told his four-year-old daughter as he made to go into the living room with his daughter in his arms”.
“Tamara Rodriguez, how many times have I warned you not to answer the door? Asked James mom, as she tried to admonish her granddaughter while trying to hide the joy of seeing her son.
“But Nana, is my dad? replied Tamara.
“Ya honey, I know is your dad, but we have to be careful when opening doors for people”.
“Okay, Nana, it won’t happen again”.
“Alright sweetie, why don’t you get the gift you prepared for your dad?
“Oh, that is true daddy, I made a present for you, let me go and get it for you”.
“Really, asked James as he looked lovingly at his daughter who has always been a source of happiness for him since he took custody of her following her mom’s death”.

“Well son, how was work? James mother asked.
“It was refreshing and exciting, James replied as he recalled his meeting with Nelly and the conversation they had. The thought of it made him smile.
“Wow, it really must have been exciting, because you are smiling’.
“Do you mind sharing the excitement with me?
That got a laugh from James. “Not yet mom, but very soon.
“Now I have to rest and then get Tammy home, I know you must be stressed from babysitting’.
“Not at all, I love having Tammy here, always make me feel young again’.

 

 

To be continued…

Mujora

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Take A Chance

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Wow, the long overdue holiday is finally here, can’t believe am actually taking a break, Nelly thought within herself. After celebrating her 31st birthday some months ago, she vowed to live life to the fullest irrespective of what people might say.

She knows she ain’t financially buoyant as her salary barely sustains her after paying major bills but this is what she has planned to do and she will see to it God’s willing. Her 31st birthday brought tears to her eyes because somehow she felt she hadn’t gotten to where she has always dreamt of. A good job and a family to call her own. She had hoped for a long time that her dreams will become a reality but up till now what she has been faced with are nothing but nightmares that gives her sleepless nights daily.

She didn’t even know what gave her the courage to apply for a US visa, even when the odds were against her, she just believed what will be will surely be. She kept the decision to herself and did the processing herself. When it was time for her interview, she just placed her trust in God and He proved himself in her life and she got the visa and that was when strategic planning of her leave started.

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Her luggage wasn’t much or heavy neither is this the first time she is embarking on a long flight but she just couldn’t understand why she kept having some out of the place feeling. She usually feels this way when something is about to happen, not a bad feeling but somehow it makes her anxious and wondering how her stay in Houston will turn out.

Her best friend from the university is picking her up from the airport and she can’t wait to enjoy her holiday. lost in her thoughts as she made her way to the check-in section, she saw herself falling to the ground and would have fallen flat on the ground if not for the intervention of one of the crew members. Gosh, she felt so embarrassed as all eyes were on her.

‘Are you alright?’
‘Hello, madam, can you hear me?
‘Ya am alright and can hear you, replied Nelly, she just couldn’t bring herself to look at her rescuer’s face, I must have stepped on something that would warrant me falling, and this time around, she looked upward to her rescuer’s face and beheld a fine clean guy who appears to be in his late thirties’.

‘Uhmm, thanks for the assistance but I think I can help myself from this point’.
‘Are you sure? which airline are you flying with?
‘Uhmm that will be Turkish airline to Houston’,
‘Really? Am one of the crew on that flight’.
‘My name is James and you are?

‘Nelly, she quickly said and couldn’t wait for the handsome James to let go of her hand so she can proceed to check in.
‘I could help you check in your luggage if you wouldn’t mind’?
‘Nelly felt that would be a great idea but the number of people still staring at her made her uncomfortable and had to turn down the offer.
‘I really appreciate but I have to go now’.
‘Ok, said James, do hope you enjoy the flight’.
‘Ya, I will, thanks, Nelly replied’.

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They made their first stop at Istanbul and Nelly got herself ready to alight from the cabin. She walks towards the exit door close to the cockpit and saw herself face to face with James.
She had been thinking about him all through the flight from Lagos to Istanbul and had this wishful thinking that he would come and look for her inside the cabin but it never happened.

‘Hi Nelly, hope you enjoyed the first leg of your journey?
‘Ya I did, it was a peaceful flight and I actually slept through it’.
‘Wow, that’s great to know. So do you know your way around the airport or this is your first time?
‘Yes, this is my first time, and I really have to be on my way so I can join the others.
Alright, that’s fine, see you around’.

Nelly alighted from the aircraft and made her way to the shuttle bus, feeling low cos she had somehow expected him to ask for her details. She got to the bus and noticed all seats were already occupied and had to choice but to stand.

All passengers made their way to the airport, she was already getting hungry and was wondering how she will cope with the 7hours stopover time. The flight menu wasn’t appealing to her being a picky eater and had to make do with the small bread and juice been served. After passing through immigration, she decided to get a burger from one of the eateries in the airport and met James again.

She became worried if he was kinda following her. This time around, she was the one that called him out.
‘Wow, can’t believe I ran into you again or are you following me’?
James smiled, and replied no, that he usually have his mid-flight snack from MacDonald.
Oh, I see, replied Nelly feeling disappointed.
‘Am actually hungry and need to place my order so excuse me and nice meeting you again’.
‘Well not so fast, first let me pay for the snacks and we can sit down to have a little chat before I join my other crew guys.
‘No no no, I wouldn’t want a stranger to pay for my food.
‘Well am certainly not a stranger, and he flashed one of the sexiest smile Nelly has ever seen, she just couldn’t stand her ground with the way he made her feel from that smile.
‘They made their way to an available space after getting their food and got talking, Nelly found herself so comfortable in his presence, and noticed he is actually a mixed breed which he later confirmed that he is a Mexican American but his dad’s mum is a Nigerian.
‘How do I reach you? Or do you have an American line?

Nelly was surprised and elated at the same time that he want to keep in touch.
‘No, I don’t but you can have my Nigeria line because my WhatsApp will be active and when I get a line, I will pass it onto you’.
‘Okay, that’s fine and they exchanged numbers.

 

To be continued….

Mujora

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Silver Lining..Final Episode

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Four Months Later

‘Hello, Nkay, good to see you in church? Thought you would be in Abuja like you planned’? Asked Nat when she ran into Nkay in the church they both worship.

‘Ya, you are right, but something came up at the chambers that would require my undivided attention, so the Abuja trip is postponed. Last month was really a memorable month for me, said Nkechi with her face glowing’.

‘Really!!! Why do you say so’? Asked Nathalie,’ Well can’t believe my favorite brother married my friend. Am not the type that feels comfortable with such but with Emeka and Mikayla, it was clearly different. No one is as happy as me’. Replied Nkaechi.

‘This was purely fate and destiny in action. Couldn’t believe it when I heard it was a staff of my dad that caused the death of Mikey’s princess. My brother was so worried thinking Mikey wouldn’t give him a chance after that, but she made him realize that only God knows why some things were meant to happen and by God’s grace, they will have their own kids that will be brought to the world with love and happiness’.

‘My dear, I understand, am really so happy for Mikey my friend. For once, I am confident she is with a better person, someone who loves her so much the way she loves him. I bless the day they connected honestly. I even called her last night and she told me she is enjoying Paris to the fullest, that her honeymoon is fabulous’.

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“Doctor how is my son doing”? Seun asked the doctor who kept looking at the file in front of him. He just can’t seem to understand what is going on, his son was involved in a motorcycle accident and presently in bad shape. He had to rush back from the meeting he was scheduled to attend in Asaba when he got the news from his mother. His wife hasn’t been herself and he was getting worried with this annoying suspense.

‘Well, Mr. and Mrs. Oyewo, your son has lost so much blood and we will need a blood transfusion. His twin sister is his perfect match but considering her age is not advisable.
‘But doctor, you can take mine, am his mother, please do something very fast’.
Well am sorry Mrs. Oyewo, with the recent surgery we had on you, it will be a risk we can’t afford. Replied the doctor.
“Ahh mogbe”…..screamed Seun’s wife
‘Okay, what about me? Can I donate mine’? Asked Seun.
‘Well, we have to do screening on your blood if you are compatible and healthy enough for the transfusion and if it doesn’t match then we may have to buy blood’. The doctor replied.
‘Ok, that’s fine, let’s hurry’. Seun answered.

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Ah, is nemesis catching up on me, Seun thought within himself. How could he have been so stupid and fell for Bisi’s lies and his mother’s manipulative scheme?
He never knew that after the accident he had, he became impotent and all along, his mum and his wife Bisi knew and didn’t tell him. What still baffles him is that, his mother connives with Bisi to hook him up with the pregnancy she already had for her ex-boyfriend who died and left her pregnant.
All because of hatred for Mikayla, his mom was ready to sacrifice her own son’s happiness and he foolishly fell for her game plan.

‘Oko mi, ema binu, there were so many times I tried to tell you the truth, but I couldn’t because your mom kept blackmailing me. I will understand if you throw us out but from the very first day you held the twins, I saw you as their father’.

‘Bisi, right now, I want to be left alone, because I don’t have words for you anymore. If I will continue to see them as my kids, then you have to draw up a legal agreement stating categorically that I am the father of the kids’.

‘Ahhh, no problem about it, if that is all you want, I will do it’.’Where is my mother? Seun asked his wife.
‘She is at her house, I think you should go and see them, if not for anything, your father’.

Seun knew it was a good idea and did just that. He met his dad shouting at the mom, and when he saw him, implored him to sit down so he can talk to him. Seun had to obey but he sure won’t change his mind of wanting them moving to the village or far from his home.
‘My son, I know you are angry and you have every right to. I feel so ashamed that your mom would treat you this way. We wanted the best for you that was why we wanted a second wife for you but sincerely I never knew Bisi was already pregnant when you married her. Your mother selfishness got the better of her this time around but I want you to forgive her because she is still your mother. We will leave your house first thing tomorrow morning for the village because I don’t want anyone to come between you and Bisi because irrespective of what she did, she is a good woman and she has never treated us like we ain’t the actual grandparents of the kids’.

‘Hmm, thank you, Baba, am sorry it had to be like this but I really need to work on the broken bridges. Glad you understand that I need space from you people. Can’t believe mama can hurt me this way. Ahh is painful but have already forgiven her’.

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‘Seun Guess what? Tunde said as he walked towards Dayo and Seun who were already seated at their normal hangout.
‘Hmm, what am I suppose to be guessing about? Just spill the beans
Mikayla is married!!!
What? Asked Seun and Dapo simultaneously.
Ya, you guys heard me right and you know what? She is married into the wealthy Obi’s family. She is married to the second son of Chief Obi and he is the MD of their oil servicing company that is in Abuja.
Wow, you don’t say? Asked Seun who felt so downcast after hearing the news. But how did you hear about it?
My niece works in Chief Obi’s daughter’s company. She owns a Law firm that is well known here in Lagos. Think is called Strategic Law Firm.
‘Are you serious!!! That is the law firm that represented Mikayla in the divorce. Could it be the family sponsored the whole divorce proceeding? Asked Seun.

‘No, I don’t think so, Mikayla implored their service for the divorce, but after the case, became a good friend to the MD of the law firm who happens to be Chief Obi’s daughter, and the daughter, in turn, introduced Mikey to her brother. Replied Tunde
The wedding was the talk of the town. That was why there was serious traffic on the island two weeks ago. I didn’t even know till my wife told me about it yesterday when she saw some of their wedding photos online. You can check it out later if you want.
Seun I won’t lie to you, you lost a rare gem. Mikayla didn’t marry because the guy happens to be rich because I learned she has a successful catering business well patronized. Tunde said.

‘Well, Seun I don’t think you should dwell on what you have lost but what you have presently. You have a wife who loves you and two beautiful kids, Dapo said. I am glad you headed my advice of moving your folks far from you so your mom doesn’t continue with her manipulations.
Thanks guys, is good to have you guys as friends. I remembered when you both tried to warn me about cheating on Mikayla but I wouldn’t listen. I allowed my mom to manipulate me but I share part of the blame for allowing her to succeed. I wish Mikey the best in her business and marriage and I hope whenever we run into each other we can be civil to one another.

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Eleven Months Later

Mikey couldn’t take her eyes away  from the twin cots where her twin babies lay sleeping peacefully. She didn’t even know when her tears rolled down her cheeks. She really has a lot to thank God for, her mum who has been her backbone, Nat and Nkay who have proven themselves in different areas, all there to motivate her when she was in the dark room, her wonderful hubby, the love of her life, who God brought to wipe the tears from her eyes.
Thanks to Princess who orchestrated everything, for if not for her demise, she would have still been in the dark corner waiting for the bright cloud.
Truly in all things, she gives thanks to Almighty God. She wiped her tears and left to join her hubby in the living room.

The End!!!!

Mujora

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Silver Lining….Ep 6

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One year Later

Someone is really looking sexy, Mikayla’s mum said as she walked up to her daughter to admire her in her beautiful red gown that did justice to her hour glass figure.

Hmm mummy you are trying to make an old lady blush”, replied Mikayla to her mum.

‘Blush indeed! Am really happy how you have risen above all the challenges you encountered, you are the true daughter of your father, and am very sure he would have been proud of how far you have achieved under two years’. Her mum said with tears in glistening her eyes.

‘Anyway I don’t want you to be late for the dinner you have with Emeka. That young man is really a matured fellow and I thank God for bringing him to your life’.

‘Have to confessed that the first time I accepted to date him after one month of pestering on his part, I was always expecting him to change and be like Seun, but I realize is not fair to compare him to my ex husband because in all ramifications, Seun doesn’t measure up to Emeka and with that realization I made up mind to enjoy being with him and lets see what the future have for both of us’.

‘So if he asked you to marry him, will you?’ Mikayla’s mum asked and praying within herself that her daughter gives a positive answer because she always wonder if she has given up on marriage.

‘Yea sure I will but that will come if he wants it’. Replied Mikayla.

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‘Are you okay? You seemed to be far away ?asked Mikey to Emeka whom she has been dating for a year’.

‘Am okay love, just wondering why my PA hasn’t sent the mail I asked her to’, replied Emeka who couldn’t help to conceal the worried look on his face.

He thought he had it all planned, has been planning the perfect proposal from the day Mikayla agreed to have him as more than a friend. He had always known she is right for him and can’t wait to have her as his wife but first he need to be able to carry out this proposal mission without sending out a signal.

His sister, Nkechi , his mum and Mikayla’s mum and Mikayla’s friend Nathalie has assured him everything was under control but why are they 5mins behind time? He thought of using the rest room but that would make it the sixth time he is excusing himself for that and that might make Mikayla suspicious.

Still in his thought, he didn’t noticed when the artiste he had called to serenade Mikayla with songs, stepped in and was singing their favorite love song.

‘Wow, honey, That is our song’, Mikayla said with smile and Emeka knew the time has come for the moment he has been waiting for. They were the only one in the private lounge, as he had already booked the place in advance. He asked for a dance from Mikayla and she gladly accepted because she was dying to be in his arms.

They walked to the center of the lounge, dancing to the cool blues, and Emeka started letting her know how incomplete his life was till she came into the picture, how she had made life more beautiful and having her always keeps him going and promised never to hurt her or make her cry. It wasn’t unusual for Emeka to say all he was saying because he always let her know how special she was to him. She replied by letting him know he had made her to believe in love again after what she went through and thanked him for being patient with her and able to break down the walls she erected around her heart.

She was so lost in what she was saying with her eyes closed, that she didn’t notice when Emeka got down on one knee holding an opened jewelry box that has a beautiful diamond ring. She came to reality when the music stopped and wondering why, had to open her eyes only to behold the love of her life on a bended knee, smiling sheepishly, she couldn’t hear what he was saying and just kept muttering yes!yes!!,yes!!!.

The next sounds she heard as Emeka slipped the ring onto her finger, was screams of congratulations. She looked around and saw people that has made her life meaningful the past 2 years, Her mom, Nathalie, Nkechi and Nkechi’s mom. Mikayla couldn’t hold back the tears; Emeka had to wrap his arms around her for a warm embrace and kept planting kisses on her teary face.

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‘Mikey love, I have gist for you’, Nathalie said as she got into Mikayla’s house. Really, what could have made you so excited, replied Mikayla.

‘Okay, guess who i saw today’? Nathalie asked as she made herself comfortable in the sitting room.

‘Hmm you should know I’m not good at the guessing game’. Replied Mikey who wasn’t ready to play any guessing game as she was so tired from the previous day outing she had with Emeka.

‘Alright that’s fine, I actually saw Seun this morning. He obviously came to do some shopping at the mall and spotted me at the cashier point. I didn’t notice his presence till he tapped me on the shoulder’. Seriously!!! Cut in Mikayla.

‘Yes, answered Nat and it actually seemed like he regretted the action, probably expecting a cold shoulder but I rather flashed him one of my wonderful smiles and asked how he was doing and his family. You needed to see how uncomfortable he was and then he asked how you were faring and I told him you were doing great’.

That got a laugh from Mikayla because she could actually picture Nat in her element and knew she would have really made Seun felt uncomfortable.

‘Gosh Mikey, I really wondered what you saw in that guy? Obviously you were blinded by love. Seun is definitely not aging with grace, he looked liked he has so much responsibilities on his shoulder, and needs someone to pamper him’.

‘Really!!! replied Mikey, well he has his wife, his kids and of course his over bearing mother to help ease of the stress, or do you want to help him out’? Mikey asked jokingly.

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‘Wow Dayo is been a long time we last saw, what has been happening to you’? Asked Seun to his friend from his University days as he met Dayo in the lounge they have agreed to meet.

‘Well have been good and you’? Replied Dayo

‘Well it hasn’t been easy with the country’s present economy problems but we are still striving’, answered Seun.

‘Have you ordered anything to drink? Seun asked while trying to get the attention of the waiters in the lounge.

‘Not at all, was going through my mail while waiting for you to come. So what’s up, why do you want to see me?

‘Hmm I really think we would need a bottle of wine while I talked about the reason for wanting to see you’.

That got Dayo really confused and worried as well, Seun had always being confident about life, but the Seun he is seeing now looks so sad and worried. He was able to asked him what was wrong, before the waiter came to take their order.

Dayo waited for the young waiter to be through before imploring Seun to explain what is really going on with him.

‘So what exactly is the problem? Because to be frank, you don’t look your cheerful self?

‘My brother, I have sunk so deep into the hole that I don’t even know how to get out. My business is fine but not so fine with the present economic challenges in the country. My major problem is my folks, how to send them back to the village or anywhere but not my house. My mum seems to have a hold on my family and I am beginning to get frustrated. My mum wants to rule my house, and my wife clearly ain’t ready for that. This has led to frequent quarrels and my mum is trying to instigate I send her away’.

‘My wife is trying to prevent what happened between I and Mikayla. And truthfully I have to say that my mum is the architect of the love lost between Mikayla and I’.

‘Hmm, I did warn you, replied Dayo. I tried to make you realize that your mum was been manipulative and too involve in your home, but you wouldn’t listen and the fact that you are just learning of your mum’s motive is baffling. Sincerely if you want to preserve your marriage and want to bring up your kids under the love of their parents then you have to send your folks far away from your matrimonial home before you develop high blood pressure.

Your wife clearly knows your mother so well and don’t want any issues in her marriage, she ain’t as peaceful as your wife and being a Yoruba woman, she knows how the Yoruba mothers reason. If you really love the mother of your kids then is a sacrifice you need to make.

‘Can’t really say I love Bisi like I loved Mikey, but we just fell out of love. What I have for Bisi isn’t love. I see us more like mutual partners that want to care for each other. Fine we were dating while I was still married and after the car accident I had when Mikey was pregnant with Princess, she took care of me alongside my mum in my family house because I couldn’t bear seeing Mikey pregnant and Mikey never knew I had the accident. Sometimes I wonder what could have really happened between I and Mikayla’.

 

To be continued….

Mujora

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Silver Lining…Ep 5

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Seun I can’t believe you allowed the judge to rule in Mikayla’s favor? How can you agree to a settlement of 10million naira in this period of hard times? You better call the bank to put a stop to that transaction. Queried his mother.

‘Iya I can’t do it. Seun shouted at his mom on their way home from the court. Didn’t you hear all the allegations against me and wasn’t it true? Didn’t you see the witnesses that attest to the fact I mistreated Mikayla? Even the security guard of our former apartment was there. I wasn’t given enough time to prepare for the case neither was the judge ready to adjourn the case just because he felt Mikayla has suffered much and needs to let go of my wicked memories.
As am speaking to you, I have just got an alert that my account has been debited. She obviously feels I will be manipulated by you which you are clearly trying to do now.

‘If the money will clear my name and conscience fine but I doubt it will because she looked at me with so much disgust’. Seun kept lamenting to his mom. ‘You are right if looks can kill; Mikayla’s look would have sent me 6 ft under. Who could have thought she will be so bold to speak out like she did today and her mom acted like she was ready to pounce on me. Well, life goes on.

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One Year Later

‘Good Afternoon, please I would like to see your boss if she is around’.
‘Yes, she is but do you have any appointment? Asked the receptionist
‘No, not really, it actually came as an impromptu visit and couldn’t reach her on the phone. Please just tell her Nkechi wants to see her’.
‘Okay just make yourself comfortable at the visitor’s section while I get across to her via the intercom’.
‘Okay thanks’, replied Nkechi as she made herself comfortable in the tastefully decorated visitor’s lounge.

Nkechi was really impressed with the office. This is the first time she was coming to Mikayla’s office after the remarkable opening four months ago. She was so proud of all her client turned friend has achieved after a year of her divorce. She has really proven that diligence and determination are all a person needs to forge ahead and make something out of an ugly situation.
She was glad she was an instrument to the joy Mikey is experiencing now. She likes her so much and there is never a dull moment hanging out with her whenever the chance arises.

‘Hello Nkay, how you doing? Mikayla greeted Nkechi as she made to greet her with a friendly hug.
‘Have been good and you? Nkay replied
‘Well same here though have had a busy schedule because am more or less booked for the month’.
‘Waow. That means business is booming’, exclaimed an excited Nkechi
‘Well, you can say again, God has indeed been faithful’. So what brings you here?
‘Well, I have a business proposal for you but this one you are booked, don’t know if I can be accommodated’.
‘Of course, you can be? Why don’t we go to my office and discuss the proposal?

They made their way to Mikayla’s office and Nkechi couldn’t hide her admiration when she saw the way her office was designed.
‘Oh my, Mikey, you did a good job in this place. I thought I had seen it all downstairs but up here in your office just blew me away.
Lol, well with the referral from you to the interior decoration company that did yours, I have to also say thank you. The decorator sure knows her job pretty well and I was so impressed when she was done with everything irrespective of the high sum. It clearly was worth it.
Well before I leave, I will like to take a detour if you don’t mind.

No problem about that, so what business proposal do you have for me?
Well, my mom’s birthday is coming up and is actually a surprise affair to an extent but just a family parole. We contacted a caterer to give us Nigerian delicacies but we want you to also cater for the party through your delicious finger licking food and likewise a mini intercontinental dish.
I got hooked on the dish you prepared for Nat’s anniversary party. So please can I be accommodated?
Like I told you earlier though we are booked, but I can’t turn you down on this. Just give me the necessary details and we will start from there and I will also like to know the particular type of intercontinental dish you want because we recently updated our menu.

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My little sister, Emeka said, as he walked into his sister posh office.
How are you big brother, what brings you to my office? Inquired Nkechi.
Well, I came to know how you doing, you know we hardly see except for social media and maybe few calls. And besides the last time we saw, you were so busy at mom’s party.
Nkechi knew her brother was right. The party turned out to be big even though they tried to make it a small gathering. The food and drinks were enough for guests and Mikey did justice with her dishes.

‘Well, that is so true. I had to make sure everything went well in the party and you know I did a damn good job of it’.
‘Ya, you are right, and in fact, I came to see you as regards that. I need the contact of the caterer but not the one that catered for the main dish. The one that handled the intercontinental dish because I really enjoyed it and needs her service for something coming up’.
‘Oh really! Well, I can give you her details anyway and can assure you she is very good at her job but what exactly is coming up? Asked Nkechi.
‘Nothing serious, our strategic meeting is coming up in two months time and her dish will do the staff well after the usual brainstorming session in the meeting’.
‘Okay, let me get her complimentary card. She gave me some in case I have people interested in her services’.

Emeka decided to find about more details about Mikayla. ‘So what exactly do you know about her anyway, because I really didn’t know you guys are that close?
‘Well, you are right in saying you didn’t know because we just became friends of recent and I got to know her through Nat my friend from church. Hmm, big bros, are you sure you are inquiring about her services or you are interested in her? Replied Nkechi
That got a deep laugh from her brother whom she loves so much. Well, she seems like a nice person even though we haven’t met, but thanks for the information, though.

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‘Good afternoon, I would like to meet your MD’. Emeka flashed his sexy smile that gets ladies swooning around him as he greeted the receptionist at Mikayla’s office.
‘Do you have an appointment’? Asked the receptionist.
No, I don’t but I got a referral from her very good friend who assured me that I can be attended to if I come in early, replied Emeka as he keeps smiling hoping that it would have an effect on her and it sure did as he was referred to the waiting lounge.
While at the lounge, he took his time to admire his surrounding and have to confess that Mikayla has an exotic taste. Seems everything about her is nice. Still deep in thought, he didn’t know when Mikayla stepped into the lounge to greet him.

‘Good morning sir’? When there was no response, Mikey took a step further to tap him slightly on his shoulder and that brought him back to his present surrounding.
‘Oh am so sorry, was lost in thought, Emeka said while he stood up to greet Mikey.
Is ok, I guess you got carried away by the beautiful décor, it usually has similar effects on my clients, Mikey said to ease him of his embarrassment.
‘Well, you can have your seat while you tell me how I can be of help to you’. Thank you, replied Emeka. Having tasted your delicacies at an event of recent, I wanted to know if you can cater for a mini-event coming up soon.
‘Wow, so which event will that be’? Inquired Mikey, as she tried to remember the event she catered for recently.
‘That will be for Chief Obi’s wife birthday party’. Said Emeka.
Oh that, am not sure I saw you there, although I wouldn’t have remembered you because I was extremely busy as I wanted the best for that event.
Really why? Asked Emeka. Mikayla replied by saying, ‘There are some people you meet in life that you will never know how much they will mean to you. Chief Obi’s daughter, Nkechi has really helped me in so many ways and giving my profound best in that party was something I wanted and people testifying from that event means I really did well even though I still owe her a lot.

Wow, that is interesting. Anyway, Chief Obi is my dad which makes Nkechi my kid sister. That statement got a surprised look on Mikey as she tried to search for any resemblance between Emeka and Nkay.

 

To be continued…

Mujora

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Silver Lining….Ep4

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Six Months Later!!!!
“Hello Nkay, is Mikey, hope you are well? I just want to inform you that you can proceed in serving my husband the divorce papers as I have successfully moved into another apartment with my mom’. Mikey said across the phone to Nkechi.

‘Okay that is great, in that case I will need you to provide the office address of your hubby and will also advise that you changed your line till you guys have your first meeting at the court’. Replied Nkechi.

‘Oh really, well am actually using another line anyway and that was because is one of my resolutions for a new beginning, so he can’t reach me, but thanks all the same’. Mikey thanked her before dropping the call. Her mom came to meet her while she was still brooding over the conversation she had with Nkechi.

‘Are you okay? You seem lost’. Her mom asked her as she joined her on the settee in their sparse living room. ‘Well I just spoke with the lawyer Nathalie introduced me to and gave her the go ahead to serve the divorce papers to Seun’.

‘Well, that is a good development and is a start to something good. Right now what I want you to think about is how you intend taking care of yourself. Is high time you write out your resume to start looking for jobs or think about a business you can do, I can support you with initial capital for that. I don’t want you to object to it because am your mother and is my responsibility to see you happy’.
‘Really appreciate mom but am certainly not thinking of looking for a paid employment due to my age, I have decided to go into business and Nathalie has actually helped in convincing her company to allow me to take charge of the light refreshments for their company’s annual meeting coming up next month’.

‘You mean you are a caterer? Asked her mom. Mikayla nodded in affirmation. ‘Wow, Kay my dear you are really full of surprises. I know you to be a good cook but I never knew you have the passion for it that you want to turn it into a business venture’.
‘Hahaha mummy!!! When life throws you lemons, you have to use the lemons to prepare refreshing lemonade drink. When my life was looking boring before the birth of Princess, I used the internet to while away time and picked interest on food, and soon discovered a passion for mouthwatering delicacies especially finger licking foods and did a lot of practices from what I learned online. You know I was the one that covered the catering aspect of princess’s 4th-year birthday party and in fact, that was how Nat knew I was good at it, thus helping me to get the contract’.

‘So you mean her company trusted her word of mouth? That is really great my dear’. ‘No, not really, the head of logistics in her company asked that I prepare some of my delicacies for the office and I did enough as Nat works at the head office. They were really impressed with the food and gave me the contract right there. Isn’t God wonderful?’

Two Weeks Later

“Adamu!!!Adamu!!!Adamuuuuu…”Where has the security guard gone to? Seun muttered to himself as he tries to place a call across to his second wife, and just immediately Adamu his security guard opened the gate.
‘Where the hell were you when I was shouting your name for you to open the gate?’
‘Ah Oga abeg no vex am for me..I be go put on the pumping machine as dem bring light.’
‘My friend, open the gate properly so I can drive in’.
Seun knew he was been hard on his security guard but the letter he got this afternoon from the court is really disturbing him. He alighted from his car and made way to the entrance of his duplex he shares with his second wife. He is always proud entering his house but today was so disturbing that he felt so down. He immediately decided to check on his folks at the 2 bedroom apartment that was originally his boys quarter but his folks and two kid sisters now presently stays there.

He knocked gently on the door and his mom answered and opened the door after announcing his presence. ‘Ahhhh Oko mi you don’t look happy, is all well with you? Or did your wife offend you?
No, Iya she didn’t, in fact, I haven’t entered the house. What is bothering me is my first wife Mikayla, She is seeking for divorce from me and she didn’t even tell me rather I got serve the papers from the court at Ikoyi and am to report to the court in two days time or face the penalty.

‘Hmm, so she has the gut to do that? Well is good riddance to bad rubbish. Is that why you are like this? After all, you are married to Bose who has given you two beautiful kids. Divorce her and let her go.
‘Iya you don’t understand, something isn’t right. Someone must be backing her for her to have been so bold to ask for a divorce, I thought her mom won’t have approved her divorce. Could it be that she had a lover all these while and I didn’t know?’

‘Abomination!!!! Retorted his mom; She can’t have been doing that when you guys are still married. That means she was harboring men in your matrimonial home. Have you called her or go to meet her at home?
‘Have called severally ever since I got the message but her line isn’t connecting and also she has vacated the house without telling me about it. She sent the keys through the court also’.
That got a shock from his mom because they have never thought Mikayla to be so bold in handling things and she is beginning to think that her son is right about someone supporting Mikayla.

Seun got tired and left for the main house to meet his second wife and his kids. He kept thinking of the court appointment he has with Mikayla. He knows damn right that he had never treated her well but that was because his family never wanted her from the beginning and he thought all will be fine with time but it didn’t, instead it became worse when she couldn’t conceive after their first year of marriage and he began to think that his folks were right after all. He succumbed to pressure from them to get a second wife without her knowledge. He allowed them to control his feelings towards her and it generated to hatred towards her, he couldn’t even stand her presence let alone share a bed with her. His late daughter was conceived on a night he was drunk and wanting a place away from his nagging second wife.
Now Princess is dead and he didn’t even attend the funeral just because he couldn’t bear to look at his wife’s face and face her family members who knew of his ill treatment towards her. He can’t believe he is getting worried about meeting her but he definitely has to face her but first, he has to get through to the lawyer his PA recommended for him.

 

To be continued…

Mujora

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Silver Lining…Ep 3

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Nathalie met Nkechi at the close of church service to inquire about her schedule for the coming week, as she wants to book an appointment for her friend. ‘Waow Nkay, is been awhile we last saw, eating your money alone abi?’

“LOL..ya right, we are just been busy making sure our clients’ needs are met, how is your end anyway?’
“My end is okay, I really want to see you with regards to a dear friend of mine who is considering leaving her hubby. I already told her I know a law firm that can represent her and they are exceptionally good.’
“Would have loved you to tell me a little of what to expect but I will prefer getting all details from your friend herself if that is ok with you?’

“Of course, No problem, that will be much better. So when exactly can we come, because I intend coming with her, at least for the first session”.
“Well, you can call tomorrow from 9am to book an appointment for Wednesday when I will be in the office. I will personally hand her over to someone that I can affirm is very ruthless in divorce battles but I do hope she had a court marriage”?
“Ya, I guess so, though not too sure” replied Nathalie.
“No problem, just book the appointment and I will see you ladies on Wednesday”.
Nathalie thanked her and left to join her hubby and her 2 kids who were waiting for her in the parking lot.

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Mikayla got married at 21, before her marriage, she was an epitome of beauty and likewise intelligent. She got married immediately she rounded up her mandatory youth service corp program. She met her hubby while she was serving, Seun swept her off her feet, serenaded her with gifts and affection that she had no choice than to fall in love pretty fast with him. She didn’t mind that he was 12 years her senior, didn’t pay heed to her friends when they told her not to rush into marrying him because he proposed to her 8months after they met.

She just felt this was her opportunity and she should grab it. Her mom also supported her decision because she wanted to have her grandkids as Mikayla is her only child. From the first day she met her in-laws, she could sense that they didn’t approve of her being that she ain’t Yoruba but Seun quickly reassured her that they will come around in due time
but they never did.

After her marriage, she saw her hubby in a different light. He became so aggressive towards her causing her emotional pain but never raised his hands to her. She could remember the first time her hubby called her barren, she cried for two days. She could take the insults from people, her inlaws but couldn’t believe her hubby will label her as such. So many times she has had to treat herself for STI, she had to swallow it all, treating herself and allowing him to keep sleeping with her just because she wanted a child of her own and after God smiled on her, she told him she wasn’t ready to contract HIV from him because she has repeatedly treated herself from the several infections he passed on to her. That got him angry and partially moved out of their matrimonial home, only to visit once in a week. But that has never bothered her because she was always at peace in his absence. She got to find out after her daughter’s birth that he has 2 kids outside their marriage from a woman his family arranged for him and apparently he lives with her.

She really can’t wait to be done with this marriage and move on with her life. So unfortunate that 10 years of her life was wasted on her marriage with Seun, but her daughter’s short stay with her made it bearable.

Nathalie had informed her of her appointment with the lawyer she recommended and she wants to discuss with the lawyer before going ahead to inform her hubby about her decisions.

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“Wow this office looks spacious and neat, it really portrays an office for the professionals”, Mikayla admired the office as she joined Nathalie in the law firm where she has an appointment with Nathalie’s friend, Nkechi. They made their way to the reception where the receptionist was already waiting to attend to them with a beautiful smile.
“Good morning, we have a 10’o clock appointment with the MD and she is expecting us”. Said Nathalie to the young lady

‘Okay please have your seat while I confirm your appointment’. They made way to sit at the waiting lounge; Mikayla was already getting tensed as she doesn’t know what will be the outcome of their meeting. If today goes well, then she will be sure of a swift and successful divorce proceeding. Sensing that Mikayla was getting worried, Nathalie placed her hands on her shoulder to let her know she is here with her to face the storm. She was about to tell Nathalie to place a call to her friend when in walked a beautiful and elegant lady, who walked straight to them with smiles on her face.

‘Hi girlfriend, am so sorry to have kept you ladies waiting but I had an early morning briefing with my team members. Nkechi says, as she hugged Nathalie.
‘Welll no problem, we have all day for this meeting if possible, I actually took permission to work from the house today. Anyway, this is my friend Mikayla, who I told you is in need of your expert service’. With that, Mikayla brought out her hands to shake Nkechi’s own but instead Nkechi pulled her into a warm hug that made her feel at home.
Sensing that Mikayla has gone through a lot, she had to assure her that her company will do its best in helping her through the process and she will personally hand her over to the best divorce lawyer, the firm has.
‘Now I want to hear all about your marriage, the reason you are taking this step and what plans you have already in motion’. Nkechi told Mikayla.

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Mikey, you have to stop crying, you have to be able to face your demon squarely. Nathalie tried consoling Mikayla who has been crying ever since they got back to Mikey’s house from the law firm. ‘Didn’t know the meeting will be like this? I felt so naked and really useless. It now dawned on me that I was so blind in all my dealings with my husband. Nat where will I start from after this ordeal? Knowing we didn’t have any court marriage how will it be treated squarely? But you know what? I don’t care. I just want to be done with this whole charade and begin anew’. Replied Mikayla to Nathalie.

‘That is the spirit I want you to have, fine you don’t have a job, but in due time you will get. The big question now is do you want to tell your hubby about your decision or you want the firm to serve him the divorce papers themselves? Replied Nathalie. And for them to do that, you may need to move out from this apartment so that Seun doesn’t become violent towards you. However, if you want to tell him yourself, no problem but no one knows the way he will take the news from you. However if you want me to be around, I will’.
‘The firm will do that, I just don’t want to give him the pleasure of seeing how it really affects me ,but before then, I need to get an apartment for me and my mom to move into, after which the divorce papers can be served at his office’.

‘Well, that seems to be a good idea, answered Nathalie and really am impressed with that but do you have the funds for an apartment yet? I could lend you if you want and my hubby knows a good agent that can get you a wonderful deal?
‘So much might have happened to me in my marriage but that hasn’t made me stupid. I do have savings because once in awhile he pays =N=250,000 into my account, and with what I have I think I can be able to rent a 2 bedroom apartment. Besides, I really don’t want to abuse the privileges you have extended to me’.
‘Oh stop that, interjected Nat, what are friends for if not for inconveniences? Am pretty sure you will do same for me if I were to be in your shoes, so chill and let someone take care of you a little’.

 

To be continued…

Mujora

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