“Baby girl,I assure you that I’ll attend the wedding. I can’t
come down from Jigawa for the introduction.” I had been
trying to make Mille understand why I couldn’t make it for
her introduction ceremony. We’d been on the call for some
“Gloria,you and I both know that’s not the reason.” She
“And what’s that?” I decided to act innocent.
“You don’t want to see my brother after what happened.”
“It’s not that Mille.”
“It is.He has probably forgotten about it and you should do
“Probably? I made a fool out of myself Mille. I just wanted to
be with him so bad till I stopped using my brain.”
“It’s all past and gone. Jason is with someone else.”
“Really?” My voice did nothing to hide my disappointment
Mille laughed “I really don’t know dear. I just wanted to
know how you would react.”
“Why don’t you ask him?” I felt stupid immediately the
question came out from my mouth.
“He’s my twin,yeah but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t give
him space. He’s a grown man now.”
“Yeah I understand.”
“I gotta go now Gloria. They just announced our flight.” She
“Wish you safe journey dear. Warmest regards to my
“He’ll hear dear.” She hung up. I slumped on my bed as she
ended the call wondering how I would redeem my dignity. I
had always been against forced relationships but I don’t still
understand how I almost succeeded in forcing Jason into
“Gloria,you’re a bloody fool.” I told myself. I was debating
inwardly on whether to call Jason or not. I settled for the
former. The phone kept ringing and I thought he wouldn’t
pick when I heard his unmistakable voice.
“Gloria tell me I’m dreaming.” He said immediately he picked
“Uhm,yes…I mean no.” All the words I had rehearsed got
stuck in my throat.
“Hello. Gloria are you hearing me?” I hung up and switched
off the phone. Why was I busy displaying the fool in me?
Everyone’s lives seemed to have direction except mine. I
would call Uncle Don later and talk to him. He always had
the right words for me each time I had a problem.
“I’ll be back home soon mum.I’m not running to anywhere.”
“You better be back, if not, you won’t be able to tell the story
of what I am going to do to you.”
“Yes madam. My ears are hurting from your screaming
“Let it…” I hung up. Jathniel asked me to pick him up without
telling mum. He wanted it to be a surprise for her. As I stood
at the airport waiting for them,I regretted agreeing to
surprising her. She had called more than a thousand times
warning me not to leave Uyo. I had become so horrible till
she thought I would grab the slightest opportunity to run
away from Jane. It really made me feel bad but it was my
fault she didn’t trust me at all.
I put my phone on silent mode and slipped it into my
pocket,patiently waiting for Jathniel to appear and he did.
“Hey bro.”I walked up to him.
“Thanks for coming to pick us Elliot.”
“Us?” I was confused.
“Hey Niel,did you carry the other bag?”Mille came out as he
was about to answer.
“Yeah I did.” He answered.
“Whoa ! Jathniel never said he was coming back with you.
“I would have hugged you but Mr. fiancé here will murder me
tonight if I dare.” Mille and I had a good laugh as we all
strolled to the car. Jathniel pretended not to hear whatever
we were talking about. Mille rushed to the front seat
immediately we got to the car. Jathniel just looked at her
and smiled causing tears to almost drop from my eyes as I
remembered Tasha. Mille and I talked while Jathniel was
busy yelling at someone over the phone.
“You should take it easy next time hon. You know I hate this
your yelling.” Mille chided.
“Sorry.” He mumbled.
“And you,Elliot slow down. We’ll soon get to the junction.”
“How is Jane?”
“She’s at home with mum. I hope you’ll create time to see
“Sure I will. Maybe tomorrow after I visit Tristan.”
“We’ll go together to the hospital tomorrow. I didn’t know
that Eric Is the same one that works for me.I just got
informed now.”Jathniel spoke up.
“Why do girls always say ‘seriously?’ “ I asked.
“Because they are girls.” Jathniel laughed and replied.
“I’m not a girl.” She whined.
“Oh yeah,you’re my girlfriend. I’ve added ‘friend’ for you.”
Jathniel said and burst out laughing and I followed suit.
“Thank God,we’ve gotten here.” She said and crossed her
arms in mock annoyance.
I blared my horn,the gateman peeped.
“It’s me.” Mille told him through her wound down window.
He quickly rushed back in to open the gate for me to drive
in. We alighted the vehicle. Jathniel carried Mille’s bag. Aunt
Liz must have heard the car horn because she came out.
“Mille is that you?”
“Live and direct mum.” Mille ran into her waiting arms and I
couldn’t help the smile that broke out on my lips as I
“Good evening ma.” Jathniel and I chorused.
“Good evening my children. Sorry,I don’t know who is who.”
“Mum,I’ve told you it’s easy. This is Jathniel.” She placed
her hand on his shoulder.
“Ah I see. Let’s go inside.”
“No ma. We can’t stay today. We have to hurry home.” I
replied quickly before Jathniel could accept the invitation. I
gave him the eye and he cooperated with me.
“Yes ma,we need to get going.”
“Alright dear. My regards to your mum and little Jane.” She
collected Mille’s bag and told her “Escort him jor and stop
doing innocent here.”
Mille smiled shyly as she walked us to the car and Aunt Liz
“Bye love,I’ll see you tomorrow okay?”
“Yeah, what time?”
“I’ll call you before I come over”
“Can you just get in the car already?” I asked. I needed to
get back home quickly before mum would send the Police
after me. Jathniel entered the car after they said their “I love
“Now can you tell me why you rushed to get outta there?”
Jathniel asked as I drove.
“Because if I stayed one more minute with Mille,I would fall
in love with her.”
“What?!” He exclaimed loudly and I felt one of my ears
“Relax bro. I left hurriedly because of mum.”
“Elliot mind your jokes. What about mum? Is she okay?”
“Yeah,she thinks I’m gonna run away so she’s been killing
me with calls.”
He laughed. “Serves you right bro.”
“It’s actually not funny.”
“I’ll only help you persuade her into believing you’re not
running anywhere on one condition.”
“And what condition is that? Please don’t ask me to be your
driver on your wedding day.”
He smiled. “I won’t,if I do that you may kill me with your
“Jathniel,I’m still waiting for your condition.”
“Oh,it’s quite simple. Tell me who you’re running from.”
His words hit me harder than a hot slap across the face.
“What do you mean by that?” I asked.
“Stop acting dumb. It’s obvious someone is after you. I
sensed it since you had that gunshot.”
“You could do me a favour and shut up Jathniel.”
He chuckled. “Elliot,you can deny it all you want. I’m very
close to finding out.”
“There’s nothing to find out.” I tried to remain as calm as
“Alright then. I hope so. I don’t want to quarrel with you
today but be rest assured that nothing is hidden under the
“Gosh I’ll soon see Jane. I can’t wait to have an adorable
daughter like her.”
“She’s truly adorable.” I tried to flow with him.
“Which is why you should spend more time with her.” He
brought out his phone from his pocket and began typing
away while I thought about my life all the way home. I was
expecting mum to do something funny when I got home but
what I saw at the gate was beyond funny. Mum was standing
right outside the gate with both hands on her waist when we
Jathniel laughed till tears started coming out of his eyes. I
drove in like she was invisible.
“Where are you coming from ehn?” She started as soon as
my feet touched the ground.
“Mum what were you doing outside?” I didn’t care to hide
the annoyance in my voice.
“You haven’t answered me Elliot.”
“Hey mum take it easy. I asked him to pick Mille and I from
“Jathniel! Oh my God!” She directed her attention to him.
“Perfect opportunity.” I slipped inside the house. I saw Jane
sleeping on the sofa with the television on.
“So she left her here to police me.” I thought. I wanted to
pass but I decided to carry her to my room even though I
knew she usually slept with mum. As I placed her on the
bed,she began crying.
“Damn it.” I cussed. I had no idea on how to make a child
stop crying. “Maybe google can help.” Before I reached the
phone,she was wide awake.
“Mmm. Go to bed Jane.” She twisted her lips and I knew she
would start round two if I didn’t do something quick. I
resorted to laying on the bed with her. She snuggled up to
me,placing her head on my chest and her arms wrapped
around me. I sang her a lullaby mum always sang for me to
sleep when I was a child and it worked. She began snoring
lightly after a while. I heard the door open and close but I
couldn’t turn to see who it was,fearing she would wake up
and start crying again.
When I thought she had slept deeply,I attempted moving but
she tightened her grip on me. Surprisingly, staying with her
seemed to make me forget my worries temporarily. We slept
together for the first time and I promised myself that it
wouldn’t be the last time. I followed her into the land of
dreams after a while. It had been a while since I slept so
soundly. I dreamt of Tasha and I having a wonderful time
together with Jane. We were playing in the dream when she
poured water on me. My clothes were soaked. I thought it
was a dream but the cold feeling persisted and I woke up.
Alas! Jane had emptied her bladder on me.