SILENT SEDUCTION EPISODE 25
Jo heard the click sound made by the door when it is
closed. She need not turn to know who just entered her
room. She was all wrapped in duvet from her neck down
to her toes with her back turned to the door leading into
‘What is wrong, Johanna?’ Her mum’s voice made her
confirm her earlier assertion and the sudden depression
on one part of her bed suggested her mum was sitting
behind her. Jo didn’t change position nor did she raise
her gaze to look up at her mum whose pair of brown
eyes appeared to be staring down at her.
‘Nothing.’ Jo replied keeping her voice as low and as
depressing as possible. She actually was so depressed.
She got rejected by Marcus. He made it known to her
on their way home when they left Idris at the hospital
that whatever they had in the past should be buried and
forgotten when she tried to bring up seeing him in the
hospital with some new girl. She felt pathetic when he
‘Why don’t you sit up and talk to me?’ Ebiere persuaded
patting Jo slowly on the back.
Jo sat up after laying mute for a while, her legs
stretched with the duvet covering the lower part of her
body from the waist.
‘I don’t know what to think but you, coming to my room
and acting all worried about me like you sort of care is
kind of creepy. Like when was the last time you did
that? Two years ago? Three years ago? Oh, my bad,..’
She gasped, holding her chest sarcastically as she
looked at her mum in the eye. ‘You never did! ‘ Jo said
in some sort of accusing tone. It was evident she was
weighing her anger on her mum.
Ebiere accepted Jo’s accusation by smiling. Smiling at
her daughter’s way of approaching whatever kept her
depressed in bed.
‘You should talk to me.’ She said simply ignoring her
Her mum’s offer was tempting. So tempting Jo wanted
to let it all out that moment but she wasn’t letting her
desperation cloud her judgement.
What if this was the only chance she has to let her
mum know how she actually feels?
‘Oh, Great. Tell you about it when it’s not like you are
really concerned or anything? It’s pretty obvious I’d tell
you this minute and you’d be busy planning your trip to
China tomorrow morning the next minute forgetting
about whatever I tell you this moment. You don’t have
to act like you are worried about me. This is how I’d
been living living my life all these years and it’s not like
anything is going to change.’ Jo spewed out with no
‘Johanna, I’m not leaving you again in the name of
business trips. Whatever business I’d be doing would be
right here with you my dear. I’m sorry about not being a
good mother to you in the past. I had my reasons, yes
but you don’t have to be a victim of whatever decision I
made. I’m going to set things right between us. All I
need is your help and support.’ Ebiere’s eyes pleaded
as she grapped Jo’s fingers curling it around hers.Her
mum’s declaration warmed her heart.
She was glad she would come back from work from
now on with the assurance that her mum would be
home waiting for her after which they’d have series of
‘Is that a promise?’ Jo asked ensuring she wasn’t
daydreaming as she tightened her grip on her mum’s
‘I promise.’ Ebiere smiled up at her daughter. Jo sighed
relievingly with a happy smile on her lips
‘Okay, so what’s that big thing that hit someone as
strong as you like that?’ Ebiere changed the topic as
she adjusted herself on the bed curling up her legs in
some monk-sitting position.
‘If I tell you what it actually is, you might just see me as
pathetic and hopeless.’ Jo said not sure whether it’s a
good idea letting her mum know about her
unquenchable love for Marcus.
‘And why would I do that?’ Ebiere spread her hands to
complement her rhetorical question. ‘Is this about some
guys?’ She asked raising her eyebrow excitedly.
‘As long as it doesn’t involve you chasing some guys
which is rather too impossibe to be a reality anyway
judging by how gorgeous you’ve grown to be then I’m
all ears. Tell me about those male doctors who are
swooning over you giving you no rest of mind and don’t
exempt the consultants too.’ Ebiere propped her chin
with her palm as she looked at Jo intently with
Hearing her mum say that about chasing some guys,
she changed her mind about telling her the truth. She
might just misinterprete her love for Marcus which
might end up ruining the mother-daughter relationship
they are trying to rebuild from the ground.
‘Never mind Mum, it’s…’ She tried to say but her mum
‘Look at me sweetheart,’ Her mum started, releasing her
palms from her chin and folding it on her knees.
‘Guys would fight over you. It’s expected since you are
this pretty but whatever the case may be, you don’t
have to think about that too much. It’s not worth
keeping you in bed like that. Just make sure you don’t
make the mistake of leading someone you don’t love on
for whatever reason. Trust me when I say I know
exactly what the consequences of that is.’ Ebiere said
and watched how attentive Jo was. It appeared she had
been craving for this much attention from her all these
Jo flung her arms around her mum’s neck abruptly
while she knelt. Ebiere was stunned by the sudden show
of emotion but got over it after a while and she patted
Jo’s back while the latter still clung to her neck
‘Please, don’t ever leave me here again. I need you now
more than ever…’
It was bad enough Tori had to leave Tobi’s mourning
family after much persuasion on Tobi’s part for
‘home’ (if it is even possible to call it that anyway) to
meet Angry Cleo waiting to complain about how Tori’s
stuff doesn’t allow ‘free-flow of movement’ in the
sitting room or is it how Tori’s shadow on the couch
scares her when she wants to go to the kitchen in the
But what was worse is Tori waking up this morning to
worry about what to do with her grandmother who
chose not listening to her as a hobby. Tori got home
late and it wasn’t possible to see her grandma. She had
called and told her they’d see the next morning.
Wondering who Cleo is, right?
Cleopatra was Janice’s supposed friend. The one who
stays in the room Janice asked Tori to stay for the
meantime with the assurance that she’d let the owner
know about Tori’s stay which ended up being false.
Janice never really told Cleo about Tori.
Cleo had appeared in the house with all her things a
week ago to find a new occupant in her room. She had
flared up threatening to hold Janice responsible for any
‘missing thing’ in her ‘almost empty’ room. Tori had
moved into Janice’s room after Cleo’s outburst but not
fully because Korede comes once in a while, and Tori
sleeps on the couch in the sitting room whenever he
Steering clear of Cleo did not stop Cleo from nagging
and complaining about Tori’s presence in the house. An
aggression transfer method Tori learnt was because she
got sent out of her boyfriend’s house after the duo
broke up. Tori wondered why she really had to be her
What Cleo did yesternight was what made Tori
contemplate deeply on accepting Tobi’s offer of moving
back into his house which she knows is a bad idea but
was better than putting up with Cleo.
Tori had got home late in the night only to find the door
locked. After knocking and waiting for Cleo to open the
door which she refused to for something close to an
hour since Janice’s was on call and Cleo was the only
one home, Tori had called Janice on phone to explain
the situations of things to her. Janice had in turn called
Cleo which was why Cleo opened the door minutes later
without uttering any word of apology making Tori get
pissed the more.
Why was she expecting an apology anyway when it was
clear she did it intentionally?
Tori knew she would been in her own place if she
hadn’t spent that much on Tobi’s birthday gifts but
amazingly she didn’t regret her action. A part of her
told her it was worth it.
Tori rose from Janice’s bed and stopped pondering on
her laughable life as she got ready to meet her
‘What!’ Tori’s jaw dropped when she got to the airport
and her grandmother said she was leaving already.
She was surprised when she called her grandmother
and she told her she was at the airport. She wondered
what she could possibly be doing there because all part
of her shunned the idea that her grandmum wouldn’t be
going to Ilorin by flight.
Like where would she get the money?
It was when she got to the airport and saw her
‘strange’ richly dressed ‘Aunt’ that she knew where the
money for the flight came from and also guessed the
person leaving by flight was her Aunt and not her
grandma like she had initially thought but when her
grandma announced she was the one leaving, Tori’s jaw
‘You came here to see me but you are leaving already
when you had barely seen me!’ Tori snapped at her
grandmother adding to her initial show of surprise.
‘I never said I came here to see you. You don’t want me
here so why would I come and see you?’ Her
grandmother said making Tori feel a bit disappointed for
no exact reason actually. ‘And you shouldn’t snap at an
old woman like that.’ Her grandmother snapped back
‘It’s fine you didn’t come to see me because I don’t
even know where you’d stay. I am having troubles with
who I’m staying with and that’s why I said you
shouldn’t come. Don’t make it sound like I’m a terrible
granddaughter in front of…’ Tori throw glances at Ebiere
as she snapped back at her grandmother.
Her grandmother twisted her mouth playfully. Ebiere
couldn’t help smiling at how cute the duo looked doing
‘And must you go back by flight? It’s not necessary.’
Tori added wondering why her grandmother was being
‘It wasn’t my idea. I had to take care of something
urgent and Ebiere insisted and now, if you’ll stop your
defensive argument and questioning, say hello to your
Aunt.’ Yemi said to Tori before slowly adding, ‘Ebiere,
‘Good evening Ma and thanks for taking care of her.’
Tori greeted turning to Ebiere.
After spending a few minutes with her grandma, Tori left
the airport in her Aunt’s car. Sitting right beside her
aunt at the back seat while the driver was at the
‘You and your grandma are one funny duo.’ Ebiere
started during the drive. ‘You seemed like a really
wonderful granddaughter.’ She added
‘No. I’m not and I won’t be until that woman starts
enjoying what she worked for if not for anything. I have
to be successful for her. She deserves a good life.’ Tori
said pouring her heart out and they were both silent.
‘I guess your mum is proud of you.’ Ebiere said
breaking the silence.
‘Did you happen to know my mum? Grandmother never
really told me anything about her except the fact that
she died a few months after giving birth to me.’ Tori
‘Let’s just say you looked so much like her.’ Ebiere
smiled at Tori. ‘I’m so happy I got the chance to meet
you.’ She added holding Tori’s palm and Tori just
surrendered her palm to her touch.
Her touch was so comforting.
Okay, the way her aunt looked at her is awkward. She
was all shaky and nervous like she was trying so hard
holding her emotions back and her eyes brightens
whenever she looks into Tori’s eyes but Tori didn’t
know why she felt so comfortable with her.
More than she felt with Tobi’s mum.
Isn’t that suspicious?
Well, maybe she felt so comfortable with her because
she is the first relative she had the chance to know
after her grandma.
‘Hmmm…’ Tori broke the silence. ‘I can’t help noticing
grandmother call you Ebiere. Isn’t that supposed to be
Igbo? Grandmother is Yoruba.’ Tori questioned. That
was the only method of breaking the awkward silence
between them and also the only method she thought
could stop her aunt from giving her those weird stares.
‘That’s because my father is Igbo and my mum is the
one that comes from your grandma’s side.’ She said
batting her eyelids and Tori felt like she was avoiding
‘Let’s not talk about that now. I heard you tell your
grandma you are having troubles with who you are
staying with, why don’t you come stay with me?’ Ebiere
asked looking expectantly into Tori’s eyes.
Tori was mute. She knows she needed to move out
badly because of that Cleo and right here is an offer on
a platter of gold and it’s even better than Tobi’s offer
because this person here is just like her aunt.
She was supposed to be thinking of being on her own
but here she is contemplating on accepting this offer.
But how could you possibly stand on your legs when
there is no ground to stand on? Just accept this offer,
That was a part of her screaming at her.
‘I have a daughter and I’m pretty sure you guys would
will get along pretty well. She gets bored easily and she
will be so glad to have you over’ Ebiere tried to
convince her the more.
Someone to talk to aside her aunt, not bad. Tori
‘Your grandma told me you didn’t know much relatives
which is just similar to how my daughter had lived. This
is a chance for us all to bond. Just say yes because of
her if not for anything?’ She gripped Tori’s hand and
Tori just had to nod.
To Be Continued