I woke up early around 5a.m. It had been a while since I last
prepared breakfast for the family. I had my bath and dressed
up in a blue chiffon top and red fitting skirt with a slit at the
I went to the kitchen and stood for a few minutes thinking
hard. I had no idea what to prepare for breakfast. I waited
for daybreak before going to the small market close by. I
instructed the gate man to tell them I went to the market in
case they woke up and asked him of my whereabouts.
The market was a bit full because it was Saturday. I bought
goat meat,scent leaf and a few other ingredients to prepare
pepper soup and rice.
By the time I got back,only mum was awake. I persuaded to
allow me handle breakfast alone so she just sat in the
kitchen with me giving all the relationship advice she could
lay her hands on. Rachel should have been with me but she
didn’t stay till the end of the party before she left for
I prepared the food and set the table. Daddy Liam and
Jason came down for breakfast. It almost felt like those
breakfasts dad, my late mum,Jason and I used to enjoy.
Before a tear could slip from my eye,I shifted my thoughts to
something more fascinating. I thought of my new
relationship with Niel and I caught myself smiling more than
“Mum, I have a question for you.” Jason said.
“What is it child?”
“I’m 18 na mummy. Don’t be calling me child again mbok.”
She laughed and so did daddy Liam “I have no strength to
argue with you this morning Jason.”
“Anyway,time for my question. Does someone who’s in love
My head shot up at the question.
“Why are you asking this kind of question Jason?” Dad
asked, looking my direction and struggling hard to stifle a
“Well, it’s ’cause Mille has been smiling helplessly since we
sat on this table.”
I narrowed my eyes at Jason. “What is your problem Jay?”
“Cool down sis. I’m only happy for you.”
Dad and mum had already burst out laughing.
“Mum? Won’t you defend me?” I asked. I was almost
laughing with them but I maintained.
“Ah! Baby girl. All the points in your defense have all run
away from the universe.” She continued laughing.
“You guys have tried for me ehn.” I finally gave in to the
“I’ll go back tomorrow after service.” Jason announced when
the laughter had died down.
“Good riddance. I won’t miss you.” I said.
“Mum,dad,this lady enjoys deceiving herself. She’ll be the
same person calling me day and night as if she’ll die when
she doesn’t hear my voice.”
“Shut up jare” I retorted.
After breakfast,I stayed with Jason. It was only when he
received a call from Kara that I remembered my phone was
still at Niel’s. It was already few minutes to 11 a.m.
I used Jay’s phone to call Gloria.
“Mille,is that you?”
“Yeah yeah. How far my phone na?”
“You better come and carry your phone o.”
“Haba na. You sef can’t you be good for once? Ehn Gloria?”
“Stay there and wait for phone.”
“Okay. Could you give Niel the phone to bring it over?”
“Niel is still sleeping. We slept late last night.”
“And you’re awake before him. Okay,I guess I’ll come over
then. I know that’s what you want.”
“Of course babe. See ya.” She ended the call.
“I guess I have to go there Jay. You coming?” I asked Jay
who was typing away on the laptop.
“I don turn your chaperone abi? I should follow you to your
boyfriend’s house. Thanks but I’ll pass. Have fun.”
“Naughty boy.” I left the room.
I informed mum and dad I was leaving to Niel’s place. After
enough teasing,they let me go. As I reached the gate,I
remembered there was a human called Elliot in the house. I
prayed silently that he had gone out.
“Welcome o.” The gate man greeted.
“Thank you sir.”
“I don tell you sey make you no dey call me sir.”
“My bad. Sorry.” I almost said ‘sir’ again.
The Gloria I know would unlock the front door whenever she
knew I was coming over. As expected,the door wasn’t
locked so I walked in.
“Gloria,I’m here. Niel?” I yelled as I ascended the stairs.
“Hi Mille.” The first door opened.
As I was about to say something,the second door opened as
“What the heck!” I exclaimed. How was I supposed to know
which was Niel? Gloria came out of her room only for her to
burst out laughing.
“Choose this day which of these is your Niel.” She raised her
hands like a witch about to cast an evil spell.