SILENT SEDUCTION EPISODE 26
Tori got to Janice’s place while Ebiere waited in her car
for her. Janice wasn’t home (as fate would have it)
and the person Tori had to meet in the sitting room,
reclining on the couch with legs stretched on a wooden
stool before her while sipping a red liquid from a small
glass cup in one hand (a liquid Tori was dead sure was
alcoholic) and a half-bitten Burger in the other hand
with her hair looking as ruffled as ever. Tori had to
conclude if depression were to be human, it would look
exactly the way Cleo looked right now.
She was mummuring inaudible words to herself and
Tori wondered why she had to get drunk this early.
This is how Cleo had been living ever since she broke
up with her boyfriend. If she wasn’t drinking or stuffing
herself to death, you should be sure she was snapping
at Tori or Janice or whoever came her way.
She locked herself indoor almost everyday and Tori was
actually surprised she met the door opened when she
Tori went inside and got her belongings before Cleo
(who didn’t even know anyone entered or just chose to
ignore which is another very possible option) noticed
her presence and start her annoying rants.
She is an adult for goodness sake!
She should know how to handle a break up and not
immaturely as she is right now.
Handle it by not eating and drink herself to death,
bloating in the process in just a few days. Tori parked
her things quickly and noiselessly, not wanting to draw
Cleo’s attention to her.
‘You are moving out?’ Cleo asked standing up from the
couch with the drink still in one hand while she took a
big bite from the Burger in the other hand leaving only
a size a few times larger than a crump. She could
barely maintain her stance as it felt like she would fall
any minute Tori was in the sitting room and now that
she took a good look at Cleo, she really was drunk.
Like super drunk and…
Tori couldn’t help noticing the bulging stomach from
under the stained crop top she wore. How could she
have grown this fat in just a few days! Cleo really
needs help and clearly not from her.
Cleo would never take her serious. It’s like everything
she ever says is garbage to her.
‘Yeah.’ Tori replied as she looked at Cleo who seemed
elated by the news. She was coughing through a full
mouth while trying to laugh.
It was a mockery go wrong and it somehow looked like
she was choking but one can’t really tell because she
still laughed whenever she wasn’t coughing.
Tori was irritated by Cleo’s ‘coulaugh’ (The short form
of coughing and laughing at the same time) and all she
could do was raise her mouth in disgust. Tori
swallowed the insult and just summoned up as much
courage as possible for the last thing she has to say to
Cleo before she finally leaves and pray they never see
‘Thanks for letting me stay.’ That was as sincere as
sincere could be. Actually there was more sarcasm
Tori walked past her turning deaf ears to the last thing
Cleo said but apparently, she heard anyway.
‘Not to worry, you won’t see me again.’ Tori yelled
back in reply to what Cleo said to her.
‘Thank God for that!’ Cleo screamed after her.
Tori sighed when she got outside. Feeling all relieved
with the realization that she wouldn’t have to worry
about coming home and getting snapped at for nothing.
Ebiere’s driver helped her with some of her bags and
they both emptied them inside the trunk of the car
before they finally head to Ebiere’s place.
‘…You should talk to her. She could really use some
help right now and…. Oh oh!…’ Tori stopped talking
like she just remembered something. She was calling to
inform Janice on the ride to Ebiere’s place about her
moving out and somehow, their conversation had
switched onto Cleopatra.
‘What?’ Janice asked from the other end knowing there
was more to Tori’s ‘oh oh’.
‘Now that I think of it, Cleo looking all fat with a
bulging stomach and other symptoms I noticed about
her somehow suggests she is pregnant. It just popped
into my head!’ Tori explained. She could tell from the
corner of her eyes that Ebiere was listening to her
conversation. maybe it’s not such a good idea talking
about Cleo right now.
‘You know, I’ve noticed too but I just can’t jump to
conclusion like that considering the speed at which
food pass through her mouth and her temper. I just
thought distress made her look like that.’ Janice said
before adding, ‘Do you think she got kicked out by her
boyfriend cos she was pregnant and he doesn’t want
‘I don’t know and that’s the more reason why you
should talk to her. She is into too much alcohol and all
these unhealthy junks she eats won’t be doing her any
good. You really need to talk to her ASAP’ Tori said.
‘Well, I stayed away from her because of her recent
temper. She even flares up when you call her name but
it’s okay, I’ll try talking to her.’Janice agreed and Tori
said her quick bye before ending the call.
‘A friend?’ Ebiere asked not looking at Tori but at her
phone as she tapped on the screen.
‘Yeah. She was the one who took me in.’ Tori explained
hoping Ebiere wouldn’t dwell on Cleo’s part and
thankfully she didn’t until they got to her place.
The gigantic black gate slid open and Tori marvelled at
the beauty of the house as the car moved inside after
which the gate slid closed again. A middle aged man
was behind the slidding of the gate
‘You can stay here for as long as you want.’ Ebiere
said and Tori guessed she said that because she saw
how awed she was.
On getting down from the car, a teenage girl looking
something around sixteen to seventeen years old ran to
the trunk of the car after kneeling to greet Ebiere and
her. She carried her bags inside with the help of the
driver. When the girl came outside after dropping her
bags for further commands from Ebiere,
‘Where is Johanna?’ Ebiere asked her as she
unstrapped her hand bag, handing it to the girl who
took it almost kneeling.
‘She went out a few minutes after you did. She didn’t
say where nor did she say when she’d be back.’ The
girl replied before Ebiere dismissed her.
Johanna? Is that her supposed cousin’s name? Tori
Tori didn’t know why the mention of Johanna smelt like
trouble. Her boss couldn’t possibly be the only
Johanna in the whole world.
Maybe she was being all jumpy over nothing.
‘Let’s go in.’ Ebiere urged as she led Tori inside the
building. Tori sat on of the posh sofas in the sitting
room and surveyed the sitting room.
All she could see were artworks and sketches. No
family picture to confirm or dismiss her doubt of her
cousin being her boss. A possibility she doubted
‘We really didn’t take pictures because we didn’t really
live together as a family.’ Ebiere answered Tori’s
thought and Tori couldn’t help wondering how she did
that. ‘Everything should change now that you are here.’
She added smiling up at Tori as she sat on a three-
seater adjacent Tori’s seat.
‘Did you just get back?’
The tall, elegant and ever ravishing lady that just
entered the sitting room, saying that statement as she
walked to Ebiere appeared to be Dr. Johanna, her boss.
Okay, that’s it. She had better go back to Cleo.
Jo didn’t notice Tori’s presence in the room but only
sat on the armrest of the chair her mom sat on.
‘Where have you been?’ Ebiere asked Johanna as she
looked up at her daughter.
‘At Tobi’s.’ She replied. ‘ His uncle died yesterday and
I just had to be there and who is…’ Jo was about
asking before directing her gaze fell on Tori who
cowering under her intense stare.
‘Why are you here?’ She asked immediately she saw
who that was and Tori could see the fire blazing in her
Okay that was just imaginary. There was no fire but
something that suggest fury hung there like a part of
‘Why is she here mum?’ Jo asked her mum not
realising she was screaming when it doesn’t look like
Tori would give her an answer.
His uncle may be a useless, self centered and wasteful
person who calls Tobi stupid and reminded him a lot
about how much hates him and why Tobi was the
reason he felt fulfilled not having a child because
children sucks whenever they fight or argue. Well, the
fact that remains unchanged was that the deceased
remains her mum’s only brother. Sibling actually even
though both weren’t even related by blood but by the
marital union of their parents.
And that’s why they are all in black. All three of them.
With a straight face even though it’s sad he’s dead
except for his mum who kept sobbing every forty
minutes or so at the loss of her only brother.
The few people that came visiting were people from
work and Tori and of course, Jo. A sign which shows
his uncle had no real friends. That is if he even had
fake ones or any friends at all.
The whores he spent his whole life impressing didn’t
show up when he died. Murdering himself because of
his stubbornness makes much sense compared to dying
like he wasn’t guilty of his own death.
Tobi was mad.
Mad at his Uncle for living that way.
Mad because he doesn’t even know why both of them
didn’t settle their scores before he finally left.
A knock was heard on the door and Tife said a soft
‘come in’ while Tobi waited for the ‘knocker’ to come in
thinking it would be one of the company’s security men
who came to say his condolences like the last five
people that visited but in came his dad in a black suit.
He kissed Tife on the forehead then went over to his
mum who seemed to have increased the intensity of
That is just pure pretence and first class deceit!
His mum should have just said she wants to get all
Tobi locked gaze with his dad who looked away to run
his finger’s through his wife’s hair as he tried to
shushed her to calmness while saying soothing words
to her. His mum kept nodding leaning closer to his
Tobi couldn’t watch anymore. Old adult’s romance
could be nauseating.
‘Do you have some minutes? We need to talk.’ Tobi
said to no one in particular but his dad and everyone in
the room knew who it was meant for. Tife gave him a
grateful smile while his mum looked at him in shock.
Tobi stood up and went outside. He walked inside the
hut before the house and sat on the bench there. His
dad exited the building too and came to join him there.
When his dad sat beside him, he stood up.
Both were silent.
‘Okay. This is it.’ Tobi started clearing his throat and
putting on a serious face while he rested his hands on
‘I don’t know why you suddenly showed up here and I
don’t know what you said to mum, which literarily
brainwashed her. One thing I know that can’t change is
you abandoned us and I don’t know why you did that
and I don’t even want to hear your excuses.’
Okay the last part was a lie.
He badly wanted to hear his dad tell him why he left
but he wasn’t going to let his guard down that easily.
Tobi bit his lower lip before continuing.
‘Mum was hurt when you left. She was badly
heartbroken and I think it’s not too late for you to take
back your lies and leave her alone before you hurt her
again. We were fine without you. You shouldn’t make
things worse for us by appearing in our lives again.’
Tobi knew this wasn’t the ‘talk to your dad’ that Tife
and Tori meant but it feels good letting it out.
‘And why would you think I’d lie to your mum?’His dad
asked and Tobi acted like he didn’t hear him well.
‘Are you seriously asking me that? You left us without
saying anything. For years!..’Tobi was cut short by his
‘And I’m sorry! But the thing is, I’m not only here for
your mum but for you and your sister as well. I’m here
to set things right…’ His dad tried to say but Tobi
didn’t let him exhaust his words.
‘And you think you could set those things right even in
fifty years? You don’t even have anything to say for
yourself for leaving….’ Tobi argued.
‘That’s because you never let me!’ His Dad said. Tobi
was silent then sat beside him.
‘Let’s hear it!’ Tobi said spreading his hands like
whatever his Dad was about to say doesn’t really
matter. ‘Tell us about leaving us to make another
family somewhere!’ Tobi said sarcastically.
‘When I married your mum, I had nothing.’ His dad
started and Tobi listened even though he acted like he
had no interest.
‘I was a nobody and your grandfather hated it that his
daughter married someone like me. He thought I
married your mum because of his wealth. I tried to
prove him wrong. Tried to get a job but it was like an
impossible feat. You probably had no idea because you
were so young.’ His dad paused for a while before
‘Then, I ran into a course mate who volunteered to
help me. He told me about working in Ghana and that
he’d let me know whenever he has a job for me. I got
an unexpected call from him on your birthday about
some interview in Ghana and he said I had to come as
soon as possible which made me forfeit your birthday
for it thinking my life became just better. I don’t want
to go into details but it ended up I was tricked into
robbery. I got arrested as an accomplice and was
sentenced to eight years imprisonment. When I got out,
coming back home wasn’t on my mind because I was a
failure right before I left home and I couldn’t possibly
face you guys when I became worse. I was determined
to succeed before ever coming back to you. It wasn’t
easy at first because no one was willing to employ an
ex-convict but as time went on, I ran into luck. I ran
into a big businessman who ignored my past records
owing to the fact that he liked my business ideas. And
after a few years, here I am.’ His Dad said and Tobi
listened not ready to trust him nor believe him yet.
‘I told your mum never to tell I was an ex convict. I
was worried it’d hurt your pride but right now, I have
no choice but to tell you. I just want you to know I’ll
never leave you guys. You are the best thing that ever
happened to me.’ His dad added.
Tobi stood up abruptly batting his eyelids as he
avoided his dad’s eyes. He said nothing. He just looked
right into space for a while before walking back inside
leaving his dad in the hut.