Red Ashes Episode 22
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‘Babe, this your dressing, oh men! Them go hear how
far for ashawo dot com!’ i said hailing Kaka.
She wore red shorts, white tshirt which was a little on
the big side making her small bust almost invincible, a
red snicker with white sole and she had her hair
packed in a bun.
My baby girl had turned into a shadow of herself in
the past two weeks. Her floppy cheeks had now
turned dry, her voluminous ass which we had teased
saying was as big as the entire world had somewhat
reduced in my eyes, though she still looked radiant.
Her face was devoid of makeup, the fake lashes which
she so much loved wasnt there. Even common
mascara or eye pencil, my friend did not draw.
I shuddered wondering why a beautiful girl like this
would want to kill herself over a shameless unfaithful
man who didnt even deserve her and most especially,
i wondered how a girl full of life like Kaka could reduce
into a crybaby overnight simply because of man. And
it got me wondering? Do they really deserve it? Is any
man worth the trouble and stress?
She dipped her hands into the bowl of chicken in front
of me. From her body language, i could tell she was
excited about something.
‘oya tell me, what is making you so excited this
afternoon?’ i asked.
‘hmm, babe, guess what? Xaviercasmir and i just
made up!’ she nearly screamed in excitement.
I blinked my eyes to be sure of what i heard ‘what?’
‘his mother called me this afternoon, said he has been
miserable since that day at his house and she begged
me to come back to her son as he has threatened to
commit suicide if i dont come back to him. Babe, it
shows how much that guy loves me. I’m never leaving
him again. We’ve been through alot together and we
deserve each other. I love Casmir!’ she threw the
chicken in the air and caught it.
I stared at her in bewilderment. Like seriously? Could
anyone be as dumb as this beautiful brownskinned
lady sitting directly opposite me? Hellloooo, somebody
wake me up from this dream!
I picked the bottle of water beside me, opened it and
splashed it on her face. She gasped ‘what was that
‘i should be asking you that question Kamsiyochukwu.
What is wrong with you? Are you high?’
‘i dont understand what you mean!’ she wiped her
face with her handkerchief.
‘so the guy threatens to commit suicide and you run
back to him just like that and you think he loves you?
Helloo? Do i need to slap you back to your factory
settings? Do you need restoration of sense??’
‘meaning what? That i shouldnt have forgiven him?’
‘when will you ever have sense Kamsiyochukwu?
When will you open this your cat eyes to see that this
Xavier-rubbish or Xavier-nonsense is only using you?
Abi your people for your village then pour sand sand
for your face?’
‘babe, wetin be your matter now?’
‘you fall my hand scatter Kaka. I shame for you! Ha!!
Wetin be this one? This one don comot for love oo.
You have entered the era of foolishness. And its so so
unfortunate that you’ve refused to open your eyes and
see what is right in front of you’
She chuckled collecting another chicken from the bowl
‘you know, i knew you were going to be disappointed.
You’re going to be irritated, i mean, why would i
forgive Xavier? Why? Why? But you know one thing
Kainene? Relationships do not break up just like that.
A successful relationship takes time to nurture. One
would have to go through hard and tough times. One
would have to face trials and challenges? Do you
think there’s any perfect relationship in the world?’
she shook her head ‘no honey, you’re mistaken. That i
forgave Xaviercasmir doesnt mean i’m foolish. It only
means i’m wise and i know how to maintain
relationships. And it only shows how much i value
relationships. And when i say relationships, i dont
mean boyfriend, girlfriend stuff. I mean relating with
everyone around you, including your family. Life is not
all about the way you think it to be Kainene. Its very
unfortunate that its going to take you a very long time
to understand that. The only thing i can do for you
everyday is pray. Pray that God changes your mindset
for the better’
‘is that an insult or what?’
‘no BabyK. Its not an insult. I am just telling you.
‘Kaka, did you come to my house to insult me?’
‘babe i’m sorry now. Thats not how i meant it to be’
I clapped my hands ‘people wey talk say fly wey no
dey hear word na dey follow dead body enter grave,
dem sabi talk well well. Dont say i didnt warn you.
Because the way i’m seeing it Kamsiyochukwu, God
will not let you go through all my mother had to go
through because of a man’
To Be Continued