Silent Seduction Episode 24
‘So, where is she now?’ Ebiere asked the older woman
hesitating and anticipating at the same time.
She had to hesitate, Yes. She has no right to question
this woman before her, but she was glad.
Glad that she still had a good news to dwell on after
the older woman already shared the bad one with her.
She wasn’t expecting everything to be perfect. Half a
bread is better than none. She could as well be
grateful she saw the woman again and luckily she
would be meeting her daughter.
Yemi was mute. She was trying so hard to contain
her disgust and fear. The disgust that this woman
really had the gut to ask where Tori was and the fear
she dreaded most. The moment this woman would
come and steal her Tori from her. A girl she had
grown to love like her own granddaughter.
‘Why did you leave like that?’ Yemi managed to say
unable to restrain her hurt despite saying that in
‘I’m sorry I ran off but I had no choice then. I really
don’t have any choice whatsover. But now is not the
time to talk about the past.’ Ebiere said shifting to
the edge of the sofa she was sitting on as she looked
into Yemi’s eyes, her knee almost touching the older
woman’s, The woman who was sitting right beside
‘I want to meet my daughter. Please. I know I have
no right to demand that from you but can I…’ Ebiere’s
statement was cut short by Yemi’s.
‘Thank God you know you have no right to ask
because I know she won’t want to meet you. I already
told her her mother is dead. I never thought I would
ever meet you again so I just had to tell her
something to satisfy her curious mind.’ Yemi’s voice
quivered on every word she uttered.
‘How do you think she would see me or what do you
intend she’ll call me if I introduced her supposedly
dead mother to her whole, alive and healthy and the
new mother I introduce to her is not my daughter but
someone I barely know?’ Yemi asked after a long
pause from both women.
‘I know I can’t just show up after twenty three years
or so and tell her I’m her mother. That’s not my
intention. It’s apparent she’ll eventually know as we
can’t keep the truth away from her for ever but one
thing I know is I won’t approach her as a mother until
I’m sure I already made up for those years I’ve lost…’
Ebiere was cut short again by Yemi who scoffed at
‘And how do you intend to make up for twenty three
good years?’ Yemi asked rhetorically enphasizing on
the number of years before continuing. ‘A thousand
years cannot make up for those years she spent
motherless!’ Yemi yelled in a shaky voice. ‘Do you
even know how greatly she suffered! You can’t just
buy her off or anything. You should know better than
that.’ Yemi wasn’t sure whether her anger was simply
because she was scolding Ebiere or because she
feared she would lose her granddaughter, the only
relative she had left.
Ebiere was lost. She had great plans back then but
now she realised how long it had been. It had been a
very long time and she doubts it if her daughter would
ever accept her as a mother. She knows the girl has
every right not to and that broke her heart.
‘But I need to see her. Please.’ Ebiere pleaded. ‘I
know am not worth being called her mother. But I just
have to sed her. I promise I won’t reveal who I am to
her until the right time comes. Just let me meet her.’
Ebiere looked pitiful but Yemi wasn’t ready to
sympathize with her. The only person who deserves to
be pitied is Tori. They can’t possibly deceive her for
ever. After living a deceitful life all her life and not
knowing who she actually is, she deserves to know
the truth which is just staring right at her in the face.
‘I named her Toriola which was the name my
deceased daughter bore.’ Yemi started ‘She’s
currently an intern at the University Teaching Hospital
here. I came to Lagos to meet her. She doesn’t know
I’m in Lagos presently but I’m going to call her now.’
Yemi finally let that out after ruminating for a while.
That her daughter was already a medical intern
suggested she lived a fine life. Ebiere was expecting
some bad news on how her poor daughter had lived.
Like some real bad news but here she was getting
thrilled by the unexpected revelation.
‘Can I meet her today?’ Ebiere asked eagerly.
‘I don’t know. You may or you may not because I’m
not sure she would receive the news of my arrival with
much mirth.’ Yemi said.
Ebiere nodded not so sure she knew what Yemi meant
by her statement. In that moment of awkward silence,
the door opened and Jo stepped in all knakered and
exhausted with weariness strewned over her face and
a hint of something else which looked so much like
‘You are back.’ Jo mummured under her breath barely
audible and not really looking at her mum. She was
wearing a patterned, multicoloured short gown and
she carried a blood-red bag. She clearly ignored
‘I sent you a message that I was on my way…’ Jo
didn’t let her mum finish that statement.
‘I saw it a while ago.’ Jo said then continued.
‘Welcome back.’ With that she strolled slowly out of
the sitting room into another part of the building one
could easily guess leads to the bedroom.
‘Your daughter?’ Yemi asked wondering how she
could have a daughter that grown.
‘Ebiere nodded then waved it off not wanting Yemi
dwelling on that. ‘Don’t worry about her. She probably
is in a bad mood.’ She explained thinking Yemi’s
reason for asking was because of the way Jo had
behaved. She wasn’t disclosing Jo’s adoption. She
would always be a real daughter to her.
Maybe she looks older than her actual age. Yemi
thought not really believing her own assertion as she
fished her phone from her bag, ready to make a call to
‘So…..’ Tobi let the ‘so’ lingered on hoping Tori would
say something as he tried to avoid looking at her. Tori
was sitting beside him on a wooden bench at a
relaxation park looking at her feet which caressed the
grass while her palms rested firmly on the bench.
Tobi had waited around until she got off work when
she had used work as an excuse to entangle herself
from the embrace they had earlier. He felt people’s
eyes on him as he watched her hurried away from him
into one of the wards.
When she got to the car park later on and saw him
waiting, the surprise on her face was a sight to
behold. He had told her they needed to talk and she
had reluctantly joined him in the car and here they
‘I saw the wristwatch you got for me. It is nice.’ He
paused scanning her face for encouragement to
continue but found none. ‘Thanks for remembering my
birthday.’ He slowly added and Tori just kept looking
at her feet as it strokedthe grass. Tobi’s heart fell at
her reaction but it was expected.
‘I don’t know what I could possibly do to make you
forgive me. Go on my knees? Wear suits? Or go to the
amusement park. Just name it, I would think about
doing it.’ He added and he could see a quick smile
which disappeared off her face almost immediately.
‘I’m sorry Tori. I was mad because you ignored my
uncle’s health and went somewhere with Marcus but
whatever reason you had for leaving like that doesn’t
really matter. I shouldn’t have sent you off like. I
should have asked you to explain..’ He further
‘So you thought I went somewhere? Presumably to
have fun with Marcus?’ She asked raising her head to
look at Tobi for the first time.
Tobi only nodded slightly and Tori just scoffed at his
‘My boss and Marcus’ friend got shot and we had to
be there! That was why I left or why would I have left
you hanging like that if it hadn’t been an emergency!’
She yelled at his face and Tobi was happy.
It was weird getting happy when someone yells at you
but the reason he was happy was having her back.
‘I never knew that was the reason but it doesn’t really
matter where you had been. Not knowing where you
were going to is really not an excuse for me to have
acted that way.’ He said remorsefully. ‘So how is the
person that got shot?’ He asked after a while.
‘He is recovering.’ Tori replied going back to staring
at her legs.
Both were silent until Tori broke the silence.
‘I’m sorry I didn’t come with you to your uncle’s
place. How is he now?’ She asked.
‘He is doing great. After so much persuasion on my
part and mom’s, he finally agreed to go to the
hospital a few days ago. He is currently receiving
treatment.’ Tobi explained and Tori smiled.
‘That’s relieving. What did they say is wrong with
him?’ She asked.
‘The funny thing is after several tests and scanning,
the doctors found nothing wrong with him.’ Tobi
‘It’s nice he is in the hospital now.’ Tori commented
and the duo got silent again.
‘So, where do you stay now?’ Tobi asked not sure
whether that was a good question.
‘Somewhere.’ Tori replied. ‘With someone.’ She added.
‘Marcus?’ He asked his heart breaking into pieces at
the possibility that she was staying with Marcus.
‘No.’ Tori said, a frown creasing up her face as she
felt insulted. ‘Why would you think that?’ She was
surprised at his statement.
‘I didn’t mean to insult you. He was just the only
‘someone’ that comes to mind.’ He tried to explain to
‘I’m staying with my friend. A female friend. Janice.
We used to be course mates.’ Tori explained and she
blamed herself for seeming desperate to explain things
to him. She was supposed not to care whatever he
‘Oh. Okay. So, when are you coming back?’ Tobi
asked not sure what her answer could be.
Tori knew what he meant by ‘coming back’.
‘I’m not coming back. Don’t get it all twisted, it’s not
because of US but because it’s not just right. You
should understand.’ She said.
‘But whichever way I try to see it, it seems it’s
because of US. It’s all because of my stewpid
action…’ Tobi’s statement was cut short by Tori.
‘It’s really not about us. I love your family so much
and I’d give anything to be with them but it’s not just
right and I need to get my acts together and stand on
my own place. I was going to leave your place
anyway it just happens that fate had it all planned.’
Tobi had no choice but to respect her decision even
though he wished she would changed her mind.
‘And about that wristwatch, you shouldn’t have
bothered…’ Tobi started saying but was interrupted
by Tori’s phone’s ringtone. She asked for permission
to pick the call by raising her index finger pleadingly
and Tobi granted her request by nodding his head.
‘Good evening Grandmother… What?.. Why didn’t you
tell me you’d be coming!.. Where are you now?.. You
never told me about having a relative here!..’ Tobi
heard her conversation even though he had no
intention of doing so.
Tobi’s phone also started ringing and he picked it up.
It was his mum.
‘What?’ He was dumbfounded at what his mum said
before hanging up. Tori was also done receiving her
‘My grandmother is in Lagos. She’s staying with one
of her distant cousin.’ Tori complained to Tobi who
was busy looking at his phone. She didn’t notice his
downcast countenance. Instead she continued
‘A cousin she never told me about before. I’m sorry, I
have to go meet her…’ It was when she was done
talking that she noticed Tobi’s unattentiveness.
‘What’s wrong?’ She asked worried at his sudden
change of mood.
‘My uncle just died.’ Tobi replied not looking at her.