I heard the gate open downstairs. I peeped through my
window and saw it was Jathniel. I heaved a sigh of relief as I
sat on the bed. I expected him to come to my room in few
minutes but he never showed up.
I went to his room and knocked.
“Come in mum.”
“How’d you know it was me” I said as I entered the room.
“I saw you peeping from your window. I wanted to come to
your room but I got lost in thoughts.”
“It’s okay son. Where’d you go to with Mille?”
“I took her home. We had to talk.”
“Mum,stop investigating my life like this na. The one you’re
supposed to investigate,you’ll leave to go scot free.”
“Jathniel,what’s that supposed to mean?”
“I’m sorry mum. I need time for my brain to boot.”
“Have you told Mille?”
“Told Mille what?” He asked feigning ignorance.
“You know what I mean son. I’m advising you as your mother
Jathniel,tell her about it. The sooner,the better. Have you
“Yeah.” He laid down and closed his eyes.
“Good night son.”
“Good night mum and please as you’re heading to his
room,you should try to keep your voices down. Some of us
want to sleep.”
I turned off the light and left the room. Jathniel was fond of
guessing my next move all the time. He knew I was going to
Elliot’s room as I always did before he disappeared. His
room was the last place I always visited before going to bed.
On getting there,I knocked but no one answered. I assumed
he was in the bathroom only to meet him in my room when I
“I went looking for you Elliot in your room.”
“Sorry mum. I came here when you went to Jathniel’s room.”
“Come here. I’ve missed you.”
“Missed you too mum.”
“How’ve you been? You still look pretty much the same.”
“I’ve been alright mum. Been moving between Lagos and
“Why is that?”
“I got a job in Lagos as a programmer. It takes me to South
Africa most of the time.”
“I see. You got really established then. Hope it’s going well.”
“Yeah. Of course.”
“So how come you remembered us all of a sudden?”
“Mummy! I missed you all so much. I lost my phone and all
your contacts. That’s why you haven’t heard from me all this
“Aw my baby. I missed you so. When are you bringing her
“The woman you want to marry of course. Jathniel has
made his move on his own girl. I’m waiting for yours.”
“Sooner than you expect mum. Let me show you her
He brought out his phone from his pocket and showed me
“She doesn’t look Nigerian to me.” I remarked.
“That’s true. She’s South African. Won’t you love a foreign
“Of course I would. She’s really beautiful. I hope her heart is
as beautiful as her face.”
“Yes mum. Our court wedding is in two weeks.”
“Son, I don’t even know her and you want to marry her?”
“Mum,trust me. She’s been tested over and over. We’ve
been together for two years.”
He went on and on till he finally persuaded me to support
him. We talked long into the night.
Immediately mum left my room,I called Mille but she wasn’t
Next thing I knew,Gloria ran into my room,turned on the light
and bounced on me.
“Don’t you know how to knock?” I queried.
“Leave me jor. Don’t I get to do one crazy thing on my
birthday?” She replied.
“Suit yourself madam birthday. What are you doing here?”
“I just felt like coming to stay with you.”
“So you love me like this?”
She rolled her eyes “Error bro. I just came to tell you I’m with
“Yeah. I forgot to send it to her through Jason. I’ve called
him anyway and I told her I’m still with it. She’ll come get it
tomorrow morning so relax lover boy and stop calling.”
“I feel like strangling you Gloria.”
“Eya,sorry. I forgot to tell you something.”
“If you say rubbish Gloria,I will fling you out the window.”
She laughed “Elliot got me a necklace as a birthday present.”
“Fantastic! So why’d you tell me?”
“I don’t know. I just felt like. Will you pardon me for saying
what I’m about to say?”
“Do I have a choice?” I asked back.
“Well, I don’t approve of his coming back. I feel there’s
something creepy about it.”
“Don’t say that Gloria. He’s your brother too. He even went
the extra mile to get you a present. He loves you.”
“Then why were you too arguing?” She asked.
“Some things are better left unsaid Gloria. Just know that he
means well okay?”
“Alright bro. Good night.” She hugged me.
“Good night Gloria.”
I couldn’t believe I said all that. Elliot and I may have our
differences but I wouldn’t paint him black to Gloria. Never!