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Saturday mornings is always for football. Tope usually come to my house, then I would move to Ugo’s apartment. When I heard someone banging my door, I quickly put on my football boot, I was already late as it was. Bros Emma was the last person I expected to see. Even though I deflated his tyres, I didn’t expect him to know I was the one.
“Fifi, na you burst my tyre?” he asked me, daring me to lie.
“Bros how far? I don’t know what you are talking about o!”
He pulled me by my trouser and forcefully led me downstairs. I was shocked to see Ugo and Tope being held by three of Bros Emma’s friend. While Ugo looked disturbed, Tope was looking at the sky, enjoying the scenery. It was a very cold Saturday morning.
“Una no warn confess abi? dem don tell me say na una fit do that kain thing.”
“Bros Emma, there is an increase in the activities of hoodlums in the area, have you been watching DBN of late? I am sure you are holding the wrong people,” Tope looked at each of the guys in the eyes, “we are law abiding citizens of this republic.”
“You dey crase abi?” Bros Emma asked.
Ugo’s dad had been posted to Ibadan, which was the reason someone like him was being harassed by Bros Emma.
“I am going to lock you people up this morning! Do you know who I am?”
“Bros Emma don forget who him be oh, chai,” Tope said to no one in particular. That was the last thing he said before we were taken to the police station. That was my first time. Due to our age, after collecting statements from us, telling them that we were innocent, we were placed behind the counter. Ugo explained that his dad was a policeman, after confirming that he wasn’t lying, he was released.
“Una no go call una papa? In the next 3hours, we go put una inside cell,” an ugly looking policeman with scary tribal marks said.
My dad is dead; Tope’s dad didn’t really care.
“Oga, we no fit bail ourselves?” I asked.
That got the attention of another policeman with ‘Dada’ written on his name tag.
“Search those boys!” he screamed.
I had 100 Naira in my pocket, Tope had 20.
“Na 120, una wan use bail unaself,” Mr Dada asked, “ Officer, carry these boys put inside cell, dem dey crase!”
We were stripped to our boxers and were about to be led inside when Ugo and Ego burst in through the doors.
“You again, dem use police station swear for you?” the ugly policeman said to Ugo.
“Oga make we quickly see you,” Ego said. Ugo was busy fuming.
Officer Dada was happy again, he took them down the hall, far away from our prying eyes and ears.
When they came back, our clothes were thrown back at us and the statements were torn.
“No mind that Emma, una hear? Na so all those guys dey do if dem don get small money for pocket. Dem go bring people come station anyhow,” Mr Dada said.
We didn’t bother replying, instead, we quietly wore our clothes and left.
“Dat guy dey fuckup,” Ugo said, “How him go just carry go station, wetin concern us and him car.”
“How much una pay?” Tope asked.
“2k,” Ego said, looking at me.
We were in a Danfo bus, leading us back into the Estate, when we decided that we were going to go straight to the car park for football.
“You guys should go. Fifi, Hana needs you, you can join them later,” Ego said.
She had a way of talking to us like she was older, well, that was one of the things I liked about her.
I had gotten enough drugs for Hanatu, there were bread and butter with sachets of milk and milo in the kitchen. I wondered what she needed.
The guys highlighted before soon after, leaving Oga and I in the bus.
“You deflated those tyres?” she asked.
“And if I did?” I retorted.
“Stop acting childish!”
“How?” I asked
“You don’t even know the guy,” she bemoaned.
“But he is straffing you, what else is there to know?”
“Is that why you told him I was the one?” I asked.
“I didn’t Fifi, you know I would never rat you,” she replied.
“Because you still love me,kwa?”
“No, because I like you and now that we aren’t dating, I see you as my brother.”
Those words played in my head like a million times in less than a minute.
“Driver, I wan stop here!” I screamed.
It was a bus-stop; the driver must have thought I was sick.
“Fifi, you are acting irrational again,” Oge said.
‘Driver, you no dey hear abi,” I said moving close to the door.
He stopped as soon as the road was clear.
The police-men had taken my 100 Naira, so I started walking home. I rather walk then ride with Oge, ‘like a brother’ was a phrase no guy wanted to hear from a girl he digs.
“Fifi, wait for me Jor!”
I turned back to see Oge walking towards me. She had gotten down from the bus to walk with me.
“I am sorry for all that,” I had to say when she got to where I stood.
“It’s okay, bro,” she replied.
I swear I felt like leaving her on the road and taking another bus.
We walked home in silence. I wish I could swallow back my apology. As expected, Hanatu wasn’t waiting for me; she was engrossed in Cadbury breakfast television. Illegal connecting our previously disconnected NEPA wire was paying its dividends, power supply had slightly increased.
Oge entered Hanatu’s room and they immediately shut the door. I went back to my room and tried to sleep, but the fact was Oge was so close by was messing up with my senses. I heard her giggle with Hanatu and it broke my heart some more. She used to giggle like that when I try to sing love songs to her.
Truthfully, I didn’t believe she loved me, but I thought she was crazy about me. I could swear that if anybody was going to break up with the other, it would have been me. I didn’t see it coming at all. Money was probably the reason. She had once complained that I lacked ambition. That all I was concerned about was what Hanatu was going to be in future. But how was it possible that I would put Hanatu at the Centre of my Universe. She was an Orphan with Sickle cell anemia, how many people had been dealt those cards by destiny?
But I had plans for Oge too, I didn’t just tell her. I didn’t want to hold her so much, that I would crush her with my dreams. I always wanted a farm, poultry and fish, a very big one. She wanted to be a lawyer; I would be an industrialized farmer. Hanatu wanted to be a Doctor; she wanted to find the cure for Sickle cell, Ori-ata plant held the secret of the cure, she told me more than a million times. By God, I was going to make her be a doctor, as regards the cure for the disease, na her and her brain go decide that one.
Oge laughed loud again and I couldn’t take it any longer, I went into Hanatu’s room.
“We are gisting as ladies, you are disturbing,” Hanatu faked a frown. Oge wasn’t looking at me, she was helping Hana with her hair, gosh! She looked so beautiful.
“Hanatu, I want to go out. What should I get for you when coming back?”
“Don’t worry; I will be going with Auntie Oge to her house. Just take care of yourself,” Hanatu said.
‘Stay out of trouble!” Oge added with a frown.
I stuck out my tongue at her and walked away.
On my way to the car park to see my guys, I passed by Bros Emma’s car. I decided that my actions were worth it.
I made up my mind to let the Oge drama end. She was free to be with whoever she wanted to. Ene had been telling me to come visit her in her house, her parents were not around and her elder sister was never around.
It was time to pop my virginity.
Tope didn’t have a girlfriend; all the girls he had asked out had turned down his proposal. So I couldn’t ask him about sex. Ugo on the other hand had been lucky. He didn’t need to have a girlfriend to have sex.
2 years ago, Ugo’s mum had brought a girl from the village as a maid, a Girl with the biggest kind of assets a 20yr old girl to have arrived in Ugo’s world. According to Ugo, on that faithful day, Uzuoma was washing dishes in the kitchen with a very short skirt and a tight top. The water splashing from the plates were splattered all over the top, showing braless boobz. He said he couldn’t help himself, so he went behind her and acted like he wanted to pick up some plates in the shelf that was above her head. All he wanted was for his crotch to brush her bum. Uzuoma had plans of her own, as she shot it back to accommodate him well. He decided to go for the ripened boobz, by gently twisting the nips and pressing things that were bigger than his hands. After a while, she led him to his room and made him a man.
It continued like that for a while until his mum found out that Uzuoma was strafing her husband. That’s how the parole was spoilt. Uzuoma was booted out of the village to continue her ministry.
Definitely, Ugo would know about how that condom ish worked.
To Be Continued