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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