Red Ashes -Classicpluz
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I had always knew a time was going to come when
Nathan was going to ask about his father. And so as
he grew up each day, my heart skipped. What do i tell
him? How do i tell him about his father? How do i tell
him his father abandoned us? How do i tell him?
But as each day came and went, Nathan never asked.
At a time, i became skeptic. Wasnt he like every other
male child? Why didnt he care about the whereabouts
of his father?
‘you have to tell Nathan about me Mab, tell him about
me, his father’ Jude stated.
I sighed and rolled my eyes ‘thing is Nathan doesnt
give a damn about you. He has never asked about
you, not even once’
He smirked ‘thats because you never told him
anything about me’
‘i cant lie to my son Jude. And most especially, i cant
lie to you. Jude, you’re wasting your time. You’re
greatly mistaken. I’ve told you this before and i’m
saying it again. I dont know how long it’ll take you to
decipher what i mean’
He frowned ‘what do you mean by i’m wasting my
‘i expected you to be smarter than this Jude, but
obviously, you just proved to be nothing but a dullard.
You know what? Everyday, i cant just help but thank
my maker that i never ended up with you, how would i
have coped with a dull man like you? You aint even
smart enough to read the bold handwriting written on
the wall, clear for you to see’
‘you’re confusing me Mabel, what are you
‘i’ll tell you some other time. Thats if you still cant
decipher what i mean. But the buttom line is, my son
and i do not need you. We dont need you one bit.
We’ve been living our lives for 26yrs without you and
we will do even better without you! Stay away from us
Jude, i noticed you’ve had some people follow my son
around. But i’m going to warn you now, stay away
from me! Stay away from Nathan, leave us the hell
‘what is wrong with you Mab? For how long will you
continue hiding my son from me?’
I shook my head ‘you’re even more dumber than i
thought, i swear’
‘Mabel. Mabel. Mabel. How many times did i call you?
I’m warning you…’ he raised his finger ‘you dont
know how dangerous i can be. Do you know how
affluent i am? I can easily crumble you. With just a
snap of my finger…’ he snapped his finger ‘i want
custody of my son!’
Then i laughed. I laughed so hard we started drawing
attention from those sitting nearby. I had wanted to
come out clean but then seeing how foolish my dear
ex boyfriend was, i just wanted to play along.
‘you wont have custody of your son Nathan. Because
your son doesnt even know you exist’ i winked, then
He looked irritated and angry ‘stop this madness Mab!
Its so irritating!’
‘why dont you impregnate some other woman? Why
cant you leave my son and i alone?’
‘he’s my son, my blood!’
‘and he’s mine too!’
‘you’ve had him for 26yrs’
‘no difference…’ i picked up my bag, put on my black
glasses, then i blew him a kiss ‘see you around
Honourable Jude Honson’ then i walked away.
I pulled the wailing Kaka into my arms. She was
wailing too loud and i was scared her mother would
deduce something was wrong.
‘Kaka, calm down, calm down. Stop crying, he isnt
worth your tears. Look at me, look at me…’ i placed
my hand under her chin and stared into her eyes
‘Xavier or Barrier, whatever doesnt deserve you. Its
good you found out the kind of bastard you’re dating
now than finding out when you’re already married.
Xaviercasmir doesnt deserve you Kamsi’
‘you dont understand…’ she cried shaking her head ‘i
love Casmir, he’s my love. He’s my life, my
heartthrob. I gave my all to this man but at the end,
he was banging his filthy, ugly and shapeless
neighbour. Babe, check me out now, dont i have what
it takes to keep a man? Why do i keep having badluck
with men? Just take a look at me…’ she cried harder
‘i thought we were going smoothly. I thought we were
going to be a perfect couple but….’ she started crying
I couldnt bring myself to tell her that she brought
everything upon herself. If she hadnt dated
Xaviercasmir, whatever his ugly name was, she
wouldnt be crying now and even cursing her mother
for birthing her.
This was why i hated men. They siezed every
opportunity they get to take you for granted. I was
better off without them, no one could tell me
‘to think he was even banging her doggie. Doggie is
something we always have, not like i starve him of
that position. Wetin i do am?’
‘babe, the earlier you start leaving men alone, the
better for you. This is not the first time you’re nursing
a heartbreak, nor the second or the third, what is
wrong with you? Let them be! Learn to say no
Kamsiyochukwu, when will you ever?’
‘i love am Kainene. To think it was even the Dam who
sent that text telling me to come with his phone. She
just wanted to show me she had him now. She was
the one who saw me first and her moans increased
immediately she saw me….’ she pulled her hair.
‘why are you staring at me like that?’ i barked at
Kelvin. He looked down and walked away.
I felt guilty shouting at him but it wasnt my fault. I
was just in a bad mood and i found myself shouting
at all the maids. Its true that i never treated the
workers well and that was because they werent my
class. They were under me and thats where they were
going to remain, under me.
I added finishing touches to my make up, applied red
lipstick, smack my lips then stood up. I smoothed my
red chiffon gown which had a gold waist band. It was
a gown Bidemi had gotten for me the last time she
visited Nigeria. It was a pencilled gown with flowery
designs at the neck and hand. And it was very
Instead of remaining at home all day, i decided to pay
a visit to Folake, my immediate elder sister. Folake
hardly visited the house. And that was because of
mum. They were always at loggerheads with each
other and mum dreaded having Folake around.
It all started from when Folake was forced to marry
Senator Ayoxelee. Folake had been in love with
someone from a middleclass family and they had
planned to get married with her sponsoring the
wedding but mother would have none of it. And she
had wasted no time in arranging Folake and the
And thats why till date, Folake wanted nothing to do
It was no news that Folake was still having an affair
with her ex-boyfriend. Her husband had caught them
several times and reported to mum but he never
divorced Folake even when she had dared him to
several times. The reason being his political career
would be shattered should the media get wind of their
And so Folake had remained in the house, sometimes
inviting her lover over even when her husband was
‘where are you headed? To see Nathan?’ mum’s voice
rang out from her room as i passed it. I was oblivious
of the fact that her door was ajar.
I stopped and turned ‘i’m going to see Folake’
‘dont you have better things to do than visiting
Folake? Like going over to Nathan’s house, cooking
for him, and taking care of him like a woman should
care for her man’
‘Nathan and i are not on good terms mother’
‘and so, it is your duty to settle whatever differences
are there between you two…’ she came out of her
room and closed the door behind her ‘Lade, you’re my
last child and i care about your happiness. If you like
hate me later, the way Folake hates me now simply
because i wanted her to be happy. Even if Folake
hates me from now till the end of the world, i will not
shake. She’s my child and i am her mother. Knowing
fully well that she can have anything at all that
money can buy, that she can have anything she wants
at her beck and call is enough reason for me to stay
alive. Bidemi is happily married to her doctor husband
overseas and i want you to be married as well. Lade,
dont give up on Nathan simply because he said you
lack self respect. A woman is said to lack self respect
when she’s fighting for something that rightfully
belongs to her. You love Nathan and i know he loves
you too. You guys will make the perfect couple….’
she said with a broad smile.
I faked a smile and walked away. True, i loved
Nathan, but did he love me too?
I walked to the red Toyota Camry and inserted my
keys into it. As i opened it, i sighted Kelvin watering
the flowers in the garden.
I dropped my gold Chiffani purse in the car and walked
‘Kelvin?’ i called as i walked towards him.
He stopped and turned to me, then he lowered his
‘why cant you look me in the eye?’ i asked him.
He didnt say anything.
‘look at me, Kelvin. Look at me’ He raised his head
and looked at me.
I reached for his hand and squeezed it and i could tell
that gesture surprised him.
‘i’m sorry about my reaction earlier. I was in a very
bad mood. It wasnt my intention to shout at it. I’m
sorry’ i couldnt believe i was apologising to a
common helper in my house.
But all the same, he deserved it. He had helped me
once and i was going to be grateful to him for the
rest of my life.
He only smiled ‘no problem ma’am. There’s no need
apologising to up. I understand your plight’
I drew back ‘what plight?’
Then he looked down. And i realised he had been
eavesdropping my conversation with my mum. He
knew about Nathan.
I just shrugged, dropped his hands and catwalked
back to my car, entered and drove away to my
sister’s house only for me to be welcomed with the
sight of my sister being placed over the table and
banged by someone dressed in white and black,
obviously a chaffeur in the house!
To Be Continued