“Mille,I don’t want us to keep this malice anymore please.” She
sat on my bed.
It was a Thursday. I was supposed to be in school but I came
back because Kara would be leaving in the evening. Even
though we hadn’t been on speaking terms ever since the night
she lied,I still had to accompany her to the airport.
“You’re the one who has refused to talk to me all this while
Kara.” I dropped my phone. “Alright,I’m sorry Kara.”
“I’m sorry too Mille. You know I love you right?”
“Yeah I do.” We hugged. “Gosh! I’ve missed your hugs Kara.”
“How’s the baby?”
“Baby’s fine. Baby will miss you.”
“Kara,don’t you think…”
“Mille,I’ll send them a mail when I get to Abuja. I just don’t
want to face their full anger .”
“Kara,aren’t you travelling again today?” Mum barged into the
“I am mum.”
“Then let’s go to the airport already. We have to be
somewhere else after dropping you.”
Kara left for her room to bring her luggage and soon we were
on our way to the airport.
Mum who had earlier said she and dad would go somewhere
else immediately we dropped Kara,ended up staying till Kara’s
plane took off.
“Mum,I want to go back to school tonight.” I said as we were
“Why don’t you got tomorrow morning?” Dad asked.
“I just feel like going back today.”
“Na wa o. All my children are feeling like doing this or that.
Kara felt like relocating to Abuja. Rachel felt like not coming to
escort Kara to the airport and now you feel like going back to
school. It is well with me and my husband o.” Mum said.
“Mummy! I have night class to attend mbok.”
“It’s okay o. So you’ll come back again tomorrow?”
“I’m not sure. Gloria asked me to come over to her place.”
“Let’s drop you then.” Dad put in.
The real reason I wanted to go back was because I didn’t want
to see what would happen when Kara sent the mail to mum
“Kara,you didn’t say you’ll be back tonight.” Rachel said as I
entered the apartment.
“I didn’t think I would but I just had to get back tonight.”
“Oh ok. So I have a question for you Mille.”
“Spill.” I fetched myself a glass of water.
“Are you and my bro quarreling?”
“He’s alive and well dear. Do me a favour and ask him.” I blew
her a kiss.
“You guys are really best friends. He told me the same thing.
Your ‘Niel’.” She giggled.
“He’s in China anyway and I’m missing him.” She said softly.
“Thank God.” I muttered.
“What was that?” She asked.
“Oh nothing. I was just muttering about your tiny voice.”
“You’re sick.” She threw a pillow at me.
“Gist me jare.” I said.
My phone rang that instant. Kara was calling.
“Hey girl,I’ve arrived Abuja. Pete just came to pick me up.”
“Oh thank God. Remind me who’s Uncle Pete again.”
“Mille,I told you Pete is my cousin. The son of dad’s sister. He
should be about the same age as Jathniel.”
“Oh I see. Does he know?”
“Yeah. I told him.”
“Alright then. Have a swell time OK?”
“Sure baby. Love you.”
“Love you too Kara.” I hung up.
“Kara has arrived. Gloria?” I tapped her but she was fast
asleep. I was still yet to understand how Gloria could sleep
under ten seconds and so deeply.
I lay down to sleep. I heard my phone ring but I was already
on a blissful journey.
The next morning,I woke up early to clean the house a bit
before my little weekend getaway. Thereafter,I left for school
with Gloria. Lectures always ended early on Fridays so we set
out to Gloria’s house.
When we got there,I almost gave Gloria the slap of the century
when I heard Niel’s deep laughter from inside the house.
“I’m not hearing you Mille.” She opened the door. “Hey Niel.”
She jumped on him.
“Calling me Niel doesn’t fit you. It’s only for Mille.”
“Well,good. Tell her that. She’s right outside.” I heard her say.
“Damn it.” I cursed and opened the door
“Mille,come here. You haven’t been looking for me baby.”
Niel’s mum said.
I hugged her.
“How are you baby?” She asked.
“I’m OK ma.”
“Aww baby,I’ve missed you.”
“I’ve missed you more.” I gave her a peck.
“Niel has something to tell you baby.”
“Mother!” Niel exclaimed.