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‘Whats wrong?’ Maria asked.
‘nothing’ Susan said trying her best to cheer up.
‘are you sure?’
Susan sighed ‘you are really lucky Maria. You’ve got te best stepmum in the whole world. I have bad news for you’
‘Dad is dating Ann again’
‘Ann? Which Ann? Your former stepmoter?’
Susan nodded ‘i dont know what to do. I dont want her to come back here. You know what Christian and i suffered when last….God help us’
Maria bit her lower lip ‘its okay, i understand. You just have to calm down and manage her like that. For your dad to go back to her shows that he truly loves her. You should let him be happy’
‘happy for where? She would not step feet into this house again oo. Thats why i want you to help me out. I dont want her to come back. She’s back and pretending like an angel now, helping me to do my laundry and that of Christian’s. She’s such a pretender’
‘how do you know she’s pretending?’
‘she’s wicked na dont you know?’
‘give her a chance’
‘what did you say?’
‘lets give her a benefit of doubt, maybe this time she’s for real’
‘abegee, make i hear word. Wait, na you dey talk this, no be you help me throway her from this house that time?’
‘that time na that time na. I’ve changed. See, we have no right whatsoever to deny our fathers happiness. No right, if they are in love with someone and wish to get married to te person, lets give them a chance. Its not easy to fall in love with someone and be separated from that person. Take me for example, i nearly separated them for nothing. They are seriously in love with each other, i feel their love and i really hope i feel that kind of love soon’
Susan drew back in surprise then coughed ‘abeg, when you become love doctor?’
Maria laughed ‘i’m just being realistic’
‘but seriously, are you for real?’
Maria nodded ‘it will be fine. Just let her stay okay’
‘what if she maltreats us?’
‘tell your dad’
‘and if my dad doesnt do anything about it or doesnt believe me?’
‘pray about it’
‘pray? Maria, when did you start preaching?’
‘look, Alice has taught me alot of things in just a few couple of days, even though she can be crazy once she’s angry, she’s equally a prayer warrior oo. She thought me how to kabash’
Susan laughed ‘mumu. Meanwhile, i saw Abby yesterday at the supermart after our school’
‘really? That animal. Seriously, i dont know what i did to that girl like seriously. I wanted to confide in her something that was very important but the fool messed up. She started raining insults on me, for no just reason’
‘hmm, we talked oo and we really spoke at length. Abby, do you know that her uncle is dead?’
‘JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH!!!! WHERE DID YOU HEAR THAT?’
Susan narrated everything Abby told her and Maria found herself pitying the poor girl who was now alone in the world.
‘hmm, i pity her. And she’s orphan’
‘speakung about that, she said she knows who her father is now even though he’s late’
‘and she said she has a stepbrother’
‘whats her plan now?’
‘she said tat she would be leaving for Enugu very soon. She said that before her uncle died, he gave her his parents number so she called them and they told her to come over. She’s leaving for Enugu immediately our exams are over. She said i should greet you oo’
‘eyaa, so Abby is leaving. Anyway, that girl don tire me sef though she’s really nice but sometimes, i dont understand her’
‘she has emaciated so much, if you see her, you would pity her. I asked how she was faring and she said that her maternal grandparents are sending her money on a weekly basis’
‘are they rich?’
‘she said they are well to do, comfortable’
‘she said something as well and it might break your heart’
‘what is that?’ Maria asked as she drank from her chilled chivita juice.
‘she’s dating Henry now’
At the sound of that, the glass cup nearly fell from her hands, she hadnt been expecting that. Her hands trembled for seconds before she calmed down reminding herself that she had cut short her feelings for that hunk of a guy since she entered SS2.
‘she did it to spite me’ she said after a moment of silence.
‘i dont know’ Susan said softly ‘even though i know you are trying hard to kill your feelings for the guy, just let them be okay?’
‘who has any plans in disturbing them before? They should enjoy themselves to the fullest jare afterall, i’m sure Abigail is not a virgin’
‘e don tey wey Abby comot for virgin, that girl eh, no be today she spoil oo’
‘that one concern her. Na when she carry belle na she go know howfar’
‘are you still a virgin Maria?’
‘which kain question be that?’
‘i’m just curious. You know you’ve always bragged about waiting for your future husband to come before having se.x. So tell me, have you popped the cherry?’
Maria fidgeted with her clutch then stood up and arranged her gown.
‘that one na discussion for another day. No i gat house na, na today dem discharge Alice’ Maria said walking out without waiting for Susan to say anything.
She knew she might just burst into tears there and then. She had lost two things that really mattered to her. Her virginity and Henry.
Henry was the guy she had been crushing on since primary school. The guy was very handsome and every girl’s dream. Even though Maria was the most beautiful girl in class, he never noticed her. At first he was dating Ginika, one dark, fat and ugly girl wit big brea.st and buttocks.
When Henry started noticing her was during their junior waec when they sat in the same chair. She had difficulty in some subjects and it was the guy that put her through.
They became close friends throughout Ss1 and just when she thought the guy as liking her, he started chasin Abby around like the way fly follows sh.it.
Abby had refused to date him then because of her.
And then in Ss2, she tried her possible best to avoid him by not picking his calls or replying his text messages. He was surprised at first but later stopped calling her.
And now Abby was dating him. God!
TO BE CONTINUED