I thought that I’d been hurt before
But no one’s ever left me quite this sore
Your words cut deeper than a knife
Now I need someone to bring me back to life
Shawn Mendes (Stitches)
She probably didn’t like the song. It must have been
imperfect compared to what she planned on hearing. I
knew I should have contacted Ellen to perform
herself.’ Tobi said while fiddling with the ring in his
‘And how did you plan on bringing Ellen Goulding to
do that?’ Tife asked musing at her guilt striken,
heartbroken, and confused brother.
Tobi ignored Tife’s question and brought the ring
inches to his eyes. He stared at it for seconds before
giving a sad sigh and returning the ring back to his
This was supposed to be on Tori’s finger right now
but somehow, it had managed to remain with him. He
was with Tife who had an unreadable smile on her
face while staring at him.
They were both outside Tori’s ward and it was some
hours after trying that lousy proposal. He had wheeled
Tori back to her ward after getting over his
embarrassment in silence. Neither of them uttering a
word to the other. He was especially mad at her and
had left her inside the ward to be outside when he
couldn’t even stand the silence between them inside.
Tife came to join him minutes later and he had told
Even Tife had no idea he was going to propose to her.
No one did.
He had been careful and had made sure everyone
would be as surprised as Tori would be when he was
done proposing. Weirdly, he had come to realise he
shouldn’t have tried proposing.
It must have been too sudden and unexpected for her
and she was probably unprepared and had said ‘NO’
because of her unpreparedness?
But all marriage proposals have always been sudden!
The girls always have no foreknowledge of the
proposal and when the guy eventually falls on his
knees, the girls always have the same excited
expression on their faces while screaming and yelling
‘YES’ before the guy even completes his proposal
And Tobi had also tried his best to do it the way it
was meant to be done and had expected the result to
have been the way it was meant to be…
But amazingly, his Mrs Right had no excitement on
her face instead she had resorted into crying. She had
cried so hard that he had to convince himself it was
because it was too unexpected and she was overjoyed
and the only way to show how happy she was, was
Tears of joy he would call it.
But how more heartbreaking could it get when she
had screamed ‘No’ before he even had the chance to
finish his speech.
‘I think it’s the ring. It’s rather too simple and that
must have been why. I should have chosen that
quadrupled-tiered band one with gold and diamonds
stripes on it instead of this.’ Tobi gave the ring in his
palm a despicable frown then relaxed the frown
almost immediately. He really was confused.
‘But it reminded me so much of her. Simple and not
complicated.’ He muttered.
‘Tobi,’ Tife started placing her palm softly on her
brother’s shoulder. ‘We both know you are simply
ignoring the obvious thing here. You know it’s not the
ring nor was it the setting nor scene.’
‘Okay I think I get it now.’ Tobi said with a falling
tone. ‘The problem is me. She doesn’t even like me.
How could I have thought she would feel the same
way I felt. I must have been so stupid to think she
would like me. Nobody likes me. I’m just one big
‘It wasn’t you…’ Tife stopped her brother from yelling
at himself only for Tobi to take over again.
‘So, it is her then. She probably think she was too
good for me. Pretty and all. She must have thought
Marcus suits her better and not some giant waste of
muscle and flesh like me…’
Tife slammed her palm on her face getting impatient
with Tobi’s rants.
‘I think you’re so disturbed, confused and somewhat
pathetic. You should pull yourself together and stop
blaming her refusal and rejection on everything in your
path. It wasn’t her. You guys weren’t even dating…’
Tife wasn’t allowed to finish her statement before
Tobi bumped in.
‘Yeah. We weren’t dating but isn’t the essence of
dating supposed to be getting to know each other?
Ours may not be romantic dating because we weren’t
lovers but trust me when I say we dated. I know what
Tori likes and what she doesn’t. I know exactly how
to make her laugh. I know just how she wants to be
treated. I know Tori more than anyone else’
I know her more than she knows herself. Tobi would
have added this but kept it all to himself.
‘Then you probably didn’t know her as you claimed
you did. You told me you were going to ask her out at
the right time. I guess you didn’t want want any
rejection so you waited for the perfect time to do that.
You waited for the perfect time in such a way that
even if she has to decline, it wouldn’t be because you
did anything wrong which brings us to this moment.
Have you asked yourself if ‘THIS’ is the right time?’
Tife raised her brow to compliment the questioning
look on her face.
‘Well, it seemed perfect…’ Tobi stuttered the words
out of his mouth but Tife cut him short.
‘Perfect for you because you thought there was no
way she would say no because you planned the most
perfect and sweetest proposal at the most perfect
time not knowing the only thing you did wrong is
proposing at this particular time. You may not see it
as that, but she must have thought you took
advantage of her situation to practice your pity skills.
She must have thought you thought her some sort of
charity case. Like you were doing her a favour.’ Tife
‘I’d agree with everything you said except the part
where you said I thought her a charity case. It never
came to my mind…’
‘I was just spelling out what you unconsciously did.
Remember you weren’t expecting her to say ‘No’ were
you? Which is exactly the same way you won’t expect
someone you were doing a favour to say ‘No’.’ Tife
was right. Tobi had to agree.
And how did she get to know so much about
complicated relationships so much?
She was just 16!
‘And if you are perhaps wondering how I got to be so
smart and wise, the secret is reading. That’s before
you start getting lame ideas into your head. You
should read more often.’ Tife smiled proudly at him.
Tobi knew the secret wasn’t only reading.
He can tell his sister has a boyfriend!
‘Do you have a boyfri…’
‘Nope. Now go talk to Tori. I’d be back when you
guys are done talking.’ Tife’s reply was sharper and
hurried which somehow confirms his doubt. She
walked away hurriedly then stopped and turned at a
distance to give him an encouraging thumbs up.
Tobi smiled. He knew he needed to talk to Tife about
guys but that can wait, can’t it?
He entered Tori’s ward closing the door carefully
behind him. Tori raised her head to look at him and
Tobi could see the sadness hanging on a part of her
They were both mute for a while until Tobi inched
closer to her and decided to break the chain of
‘So, out with it. Why did you turn me down? Is it
because i’m not as cute as other guys asking you out
or because I’m some ‘lame’ guy who doesn’t even
know how to correlate his ‘lame’ thoughts?’ Tobi
smiled internally to himself. He couldn’t believe he
could borrow Tife’s ‘lame’ to make his conversation
His sister is so ‘lame’! (Actually, the lame here means
‘None of the above.’ Tori smiled up at him. ‘The
reason for refusing your proposal is because I
currently am a big burden to everyone. I’m a girl
without legs right now and I’m not trying to be
modest but the truth
is, you deserve someone better than me. Someone
with legs. And even if you propose to me a million
times, you’ll still get the same answer as long as I’m
crippled. I can’t weigh myself down on you more than
I already did.’Tori said, the sad, forced smile still
plastered on her face.
Tobi doesn’t like the sound of that. It gave him the
creeps and he wanted to change topic only to realise,
Tori was talking again.
‘Actually, you are the only great guy I’d go for. No
matter how lame you may be, I’ve somehow grown to
like the lame you.’ Tori was smiling genuinely now. ‘I
mean, I’ve always like-like you.’
Tobi wasn’t really good in vocabularies but he sure
knows what ‘like-like’ means.
It meant ‘love’ in English and he could as well proceed
to the Italian name for that, which is ‘Amor’.
His stomach fluttered and he was sure, for the first
time, that he could trust these butterflies.
(Could someone tell him ‘amor’ is love in Spanish)
‘Why are we here?’ Tori asked Tobi as he wheeled her
into the sitting room.
They were in Ebiere’s and Jo’s place and that was the
least of the places Tori was expecting to be. Actually,
she got discharged from the hospital weeks ago and
had told Ebiere she would like to stay at Tobi’s place.
Politely refusing Ebiere’s plea of coming home with
her. She wasn’t ready to stay under the same roof
with Jo and the main reason for making that decision
was because she knows the place she felt most at
ease was right beside Tobi.
Ebiere do come visiting almost everyday and so does
Jo. Weirdly, Tori’s wary and watchfulness of Jo had
reduced over the weeks. She had resorted into feeling
somehow comfortable around her. Although, they have
never really conversed alone, the duo had engaged in
general conversations with Tobi, his mum, Ebiere and
Tife and sometimes this leads to chipping into each
other’s comment awkwardly. Tori had brought down
the walls she built as she got to know Johanna
wasn’t all that bad. Tori sensed her resentment
towards her seemed to have faltered but that doesn’t
exactly mean she wasn’t still a bit watchful.
‘We are here for something important. Very important
actually.’ Tobi answered as they stepped inside the
opened door and inside the large living room.
‘Huh… Are you planning something unexpected
again?’ Tori asked not sure what to make of Tobi’s
calm and confidence.
But what possible surprise could he have for her at
her Aunt’s place?
Or did he plan another proposal?
She guessed he wouldn’t try again after she had told
him her answer would be the same if he tried a
But somehow, her heart still hammered at her chest at
the possibility of him trying once again. She felt
nervous and a bit excited.
Who wouldn’t be? She loved his display of sweetness
even though circumstances wouldn’t allow her make
him happy by accenting to his request.
Tori’s eyes widened when her eyes fell on the
occupants of the room. She wasn’t really surprised at
the sight of the first two occupants of the room who
were Ebiere and Jo but at the last person in the room
as Tobi stopped at the centre of the living room.
Tori made it clear she doesn’t want to scare her
grandmother with her new state by letting her know
about it just yet. She had told Ebiere she doesn’t
want her telling her grandmother about the accident
and that she would let her know herself when the
right time comes but surprisingly, her Aunt had broken
her promise because if she hadn’t, her grandma
wouldn’t be standing here, palms covering her mouth
It appeared everyone else knew about this. Even Tobi
does as he wasn’t all that surprised.
Tori felt stabbed in the back.
‘Oh My God! Why didn’t you tell me?’ Her
grandmother was kneeling right beside Tori and it was
like she was ready to cry. Yemi shot Ebiere one death
glare. ‘I know I shouldn’t have trusted you and
granted your request. You can’t even ensure her
safety! What kind of a mother are you?’ Yemi seemed
‘I have my reason for…’ Ebiere tried to talk and one
could tell how tense she was.
‘She didn’t have to go through something like this
when she wasn’t with you. Maybe you weren’t meant
to be her mother after all!’ Yemi yelled at Ebiere who
felt like the ground could swallow her up when she
saw the confusion laden expression on Tori’s face.
It was time but she wasn’t ready.
‘What are you guys saying?’ Tori scrunched her face
in curiosity and confusion. The silence that followed
and the regretful look on her grandmother’s face
made her become a lot more confused.
‘Why are you silent!’ Tori yelled as she couldn’t bear
the silence and suspense.
The room was still silent after her yelling. Tori
searched Ebiere’s and her grandmother’s face for
clues but none of them was bold enough to look her
in the face.
‘Tori,’ Jo came forward until she was standing before
her. ‘Since nobody is going to do this, I would.’ Jo let
out a tensed sigh like that would give her the strength
to say what she was about to say.
‘She is your mum.’ Jo said directing her gaze at
Ebiere. ‘I was adopted by her and you are her real
daughter. Her only living relative…’
‘No. Johanna you are sisters. You are my
daughters…’ Ebiere interjected as she looked up at
‘No mum. It’s fine. You don’t have to worry about
how I’ll feel. I’m okay with my identity. I’m your
adopted daughter and I can’t be your real daughter
just because you called me that. Tori deserves to
know the truth…’ Jo was cut short by Ebiere.
‘Johanna. The truth is you are my real daughter.’
Ebiere paused for a while. ‘You are Tori’s twin sister.’
She added as she locked gaze with Tori who still had
the ‘WTF’ look on her face.
‘What?’ Tobi was the only one who still found his
voice to utter that in the room. Even he was
completely oblivious of Ebiere’s last statement.
He stared unbelievably at Ebiere who appeared to be
the only sight of attraction in the room as everyone
else in the room had their eyes on her.
Four pairs of eyes stared at her with the same
expression on their faces.
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