That’s The Burning Question!

“I thought they were happily married? What could have caused the divorce?” Sade asked her friend Bunmi.

“That’s the burning question.”

“The Reverend’s wife counseled us on marriage less than a month ago and now she’s divorced her husband,” said Sade while shaking her head.

Bunmi scooped some popcorn from a bowl using her right hand and stuffed it into her mouth.

“I was shocked when I heard also,” Bunmi answered.

“This is unbelievable. I just wish to know the reason.”

“Exercise just a little more patience and you’ll hear the full gist about the divorce from a reliable source. Deborah is on her way here” Bunmi said after she’d washed down the popcorn with a gulp of juice.

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“Deborah is their maid right?”

There was a knock on the door just as Bunmi was about to answer her friend.

“Deborah! Is that you?”

“Yes.”

A slim but plain looking girl came into the apartment when Bunmi opened the door. The girl hugged Bunmi and greeted Sade with a nod.

Bunmi and Deborah sat down and Deborah joined the other girls in feasting on the popcorn.

“What was the reason for the divorce?” asked Sade eagerly.

“Well. They weren’t exactly loving couples anymore during this past five years that I’ve been working for them,” Deborah answered and she took a sip from the glass in her hand.

“That’s hard to believe,” began Sade, “I visited them a lot and they looked like a normal couple.”

“They lived a double life,” Deborah said. “They act as if there is nothing wrong outside but they usually quarrel a lot at home.”

“Hmmm! That’s interesting. A lot of single members of the church wished they had a marriage like our Clergy’s. I also did,” Bunmi said.

“I also did until I started to work for them. He made a lot of advances towards me.”

“Why didn’t you confide in me earlier?” Bunmi said with a disapproving look directed at Deborah.

“Would you have believed me?”

“I suppose I wouldn’t have.”

“If they’ve been able to stay married for almost twenty years, what finally
led to the divorce?”

“The Reverend’s wife caught him while he was about to rape her niece.”

ADEWUYI.

I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!

It was around 2am. I’ve been tossing and turning in bed. Because you’ve been on my mind. I picked up my mobile phone and was about to speed dial your number. Old habits die hard. And then I remembered. It’s exactly a year today since you went to a better place.

The various hobbies I use to relax and get my thoughts in order didn’t work. Listening to my favourite songs just remind me of you. The words of the books I tried to read looked like gibberish. I just couldn’t concentrate. Your memory was just strong on my mind. You always found a way to cheer me up. Nothing I could do.

I got out of bed in order to see if I could continue working on my new book but I couldn’t even make a complete and meaningful sentence. It just felt as if the imaginative part of my brain was on vacation. You used to inspire me and make me laugh with your lovely voice. But that’s a thing in the past.

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I stared at the clock on my desk and just wished that I could turn back the hands of time. Maybe if I went back to when you were still a big part of my life, I might be able to do things differently. The memory of the mistake I made came flooding back and I suddenly felt Melancholy. I shouldn’t have left you alone that evening because you told me to stay longer than I did. I should have spent a little more time with you instead of going out with my friends. Maybe I could have protected you. Sadly, I don’t have the power of time travelling.

My life used to be interesting but now it’s just dull and rigid. I loved the way your mind worked. You almost always saw the bright side of things. I brought out a photo album and go through all the photos inside. The memories came flooding back and I removed the very first picture of you that I snapped. You looked as beautiful to me as ever. I turned it over to look at the words which I wrote there myself and it broke my heart.

I wrote those four words because I knew it was the truth. Before I met you, there was this void in my heart. But right from the first moment I saw you, I felt complete. I’ve dated a lot of girls before then but it never developed into something more. I couldn’t explain it but when you came into my life, I suddenly felt invincible. Maybe that was why I didn’t listen to you on the day everything went downhill. The last thing I saw clearly before my sight became blurry with tears was those four words.

I’ll always love you.

Sunday The Fourteenth

It was a day Ademola won’t forget in a hurry. In fact he may never forget the day at all. He’d woken up earlier than he usually did so as to prepare breakfast for him and his wife. It was valentine’s day and it was also their marriage anniversary.

Ademola had many surprises planned for that day and the first one was to serve his wife breakfast in bed. He was about to pick up the tray of food and take it to their bedroom when he heard his wife’s footsteps coming towards the kitchen.

“Good morning dear! Happy anniversary and happy Valentine’s day,” Ademola said with an infections smile on his face.

She kissed him passionately and although she tried to help him serve the food Ademola refused. He put some water in the electric kettle and then plugged it to a socket.

Halfway through their meal he noticed that his wife was staring at him with a mischievous grin on her face.

“I know that look,” Ademola said “what are you not telling me?”

“Take a guess”

“You know I’m a lousy guesser.”

“Okay,” she said and waited a bit in order to stoke his curiosity, “I’m pregnant.”

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Ademola stood up from where he was sitting down and jumped up and down like a kid. He was so excited that he hugged his wife and kept on saying “thank you Lord”. They’ve been married for seven years without a child.

They ate the rest of their breakfast talking about the high hopes they have for the future. Ademola’s wife was about to stand up from where she ate her breakfast when she fainted and slumped to the floor. He rushed towards her and tried to revive her but all his efforts where futile.A neighbour who heard his frantic shout for help assisted him in rushing her to the hospital. The doctor pronounced her dead on arrival.

Ademola was seated among his friends and relatives who were trying their best to console him when his phone rang. It was one of his neighbours calling.

” Hello”

“Mr Ademola! You have to come home as fast as you can because your house is on fire.”

Valentine’s Day Episode One

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I looked at my reflection in the mirror and I loved what I saw. Although I spent half the night perfecting the Windsor knot in a bid to impress my girlfriend Gbemisola, I was too excited to be tired. After I’d sprayed about a third of the bottle of my perfume on my clothing and hair, I left the birth room.

My roommate, Jude was still sleeping soundly and although I envied him, I was almost late for my first lecture of the day. I tried to call Gbemisola but her line was switched off. After checking the contents of my school bag and making sure I’d not forgotten anything I picked it up, prayed to God and then left the room.

The long walk from my hostel to the lecture theatre wasn’t as daunting as it used to be. With my earpiece plugged in my ear, I put Pharrell Williams’ Happy on repeat on my phone. Most of the students I crossed paths with wore clothes of different shades of pink and red and I greeted all of them with a big smile.

Gabriel Oladeji Lecture theatre was almost filled up when I walked in through the main entrance. My phone vibrated and I brought it out of my pocket to check why. I was reading the hilarious WhatsApp message that came in while still walking when I suddenly bumped into someone.

I looked up quickly and saw that it was a girl and that she’d lost her footing and she was about to fall down. Still can’t figure out how I did it but with Spiderman-like reflexes I caught her just before she hit the floor. Maybe it was the adrenaline rush or maybe I have superhero genes.

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“I’m so sorry! Hope I didn’t injure you?”, I said.

” I’m fine and thanks for the catch”, She replied.

“You’re welcome. I don’t get the chance to be a hero everyday.”

She smiled and then glanced at her wrist watch.

“Let me not delay you any further. Happy Valentine’s day”, I said.

” Yeah!”, she replied and I noticed that the smile disappeared from her face. “Thanks again.”

We went our separate ways and I searched for a comfortable seat and sat down. The lecture theatre was rowdy because most of the students were talking in loud voices. I tried to call Gbemisola again but that annoying voice still told me that the line was switched off. While I was searching for Gbemisola’s roommate number on my contacts list, the lecture theatre suddenly became as quite as a grave.

This only meant one thing; Prof. Alasoadura was inside the lecture theatre.

Happy Birthday Dear!

“Happy birthday dear!”
I opened my eyes and stared directly at the lovely eyes of the only girl I’ve ever loved. She smiled at me and I fell in love with her all over again. I got out of bed and kissed her and although I didn’t want to stop she broke the kiss.
“You’ll be late for work”.
“Today’s my birthday and I’m the boss,” I said and wrapped my arms around her. “Let’s stay indoors all day. I promise that you’ll enjoy every second of it.”
“That’s sounds tempting but didn’t you say that you have to meet a client by 9am?”
“Yeah! That’s right my love. Totally forgot about that. I wonder what charm you used on me because once I see your lovely face I usually don’t think clearly,” I said with a mischievous grin planted on my face.

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She blushed, got out of my hands and left my room without replying. I showered, brushed my teeth and got dressed faster than I usually do. The aroma filling the air made me realize how hungry I was and I immediately went to the dining room and sat down on my favorite chair.
I unwrapped the birthday gift she left for me on the table. It was a gold plated customized wrist watch with my name on it. She served my breakfast while I was admiring the wrist watch.

“Thanks for the watch love”

“You’re welcome dear. Eat your breakfast before it gets cold”

I was about to take my first bite of the meal when I heard a loud and shrill sound. It was the sound of my phone alarm.

ADEWUYI

The Last Born

The birth of a new born baby Is a welcome news; well, at least to the Ademola family. They had two beautiful girls before the birth of this new child but there was a wait of Eleven years. Another reason why the Ademola family was excited about this new addition to their family was because the baby was a boy. The birth of a baby boy is a pretty big deal in Yorubaland.

Modupe, the first daughter of the Ademola’s was a pretty girl of fourteen while her younger sister, Tolani was Eleven years old when the baby boy was born. The two girls were watching Toy Story on Nickelodeon on that morning when they heard the front door opening and Mr Ademola came into the living room and joyfully told them with a big smile on his face that they now have a brother.

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The two girls became happy and hugged their father. Patricia, the house maid came out of the kitchen to see what the cause of all the excitement was and after she heard the good news she started dancing. Mr Ademola later instructed her to get drinks for all of them from the fridge.

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Mrs Ademola and the baby boy were discharged three days later and almost immediately after she arrived home, friends and families started trooping in to see the baby boy. Tolani was initially fascinated by the new addition to their family and she stared at the baby while it was sleeping peacefully in the baby cot. But she soon became angry and sad when she noticed that her mother and all the visitors barely paid her any attention. They were all focused and discussing about the baby.

Tolani was used to being the centre of attraction when she was the last born of the family. Her mother had always pampered her right from when she was a baby and it took a longer time before Tolani started to feed herself. She also slept in her parent’s room most nights. She soon became sulky and she started to avoid everyone and refused to eat her meals despite all the efforts of Patricia.

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Finally the day of the naming ceremony arrived and they christened the boy Moses. Food and drinks were aplenty and the guests ate to their fill. Around 5pm on the day of the naming ceremony while most of the guests had already departed, Patricia was searching for her mobile phone all over the house and when she got to the baby’s room she saw Tolani forcing something in a sachet into Moses’ mouth. Patricia rushed towards them and snatched the sachet from Tolani’s hand and then she read what was written on the sachet. It was rat poison.

Patricia’s loud and piercing scream attracted a lot of people to the room. Moses was rushed to the hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.

ADEWUYI

The Beer Parlour

It was around 10pm on a cold Friday night. The street was quite deserted and no human could be seen except at a very popular beer parlour. Although the beer parlour wasn’t as crowded as it usually used to be at this time of the night their was still a modest number of men and women sitting down with bottles of beer on the tables and stools before them.

The men and women were in various states of drunkenness. A pot-belied man was dancing to a song only him could hear because no music was been played. A haggard looking man kept on talking incoherently to no one in particular.

Olaitan, a twenty year old boy sat alone at a corner of the beer parlour and he observed the things going on around him while occasionally taking a swig from the bottle of beer he’d bought. Olaitan was about to finish his bottle of beer when a skinny man with a large head started talking.

“I w-w-will liiiike to speak to you alllll about J-j-jesus Christ”, the skinny man slurred.

“Shut up and finish your beer. You’re clearly drunk”, a fat and light skinned man said.

“How dare you accuse me of been a drunkard”, the skinny man said with an angry look on his face. “I’m the m-m-most sober m-man on earth”.

“Indeed!” a woman whispered to her young lover who was sitting beside her.

“Jesus C-c-c-Christ came to this w-world to die for t-t-the sins of each and every-y-y one of us”, the skinny man slurred again. “If you dieeeee t-t-today w-w-will you go to heaven? Jesus is the only one that can save y-y-y-you. Repent today and……….”.

The skinny man didn’t finish what he was saying because he slumped to the floor and he immediately started sleeping. Olaitan had been listening to every word the man was saying but after the man slept off he stood up and started heading towards home. What the skinny man said weighed heavily on his mind. Olaitan was born into a Christian home and he’d always known drinking of alcohol isn’t supported by the bible. He stopped going to church after he gained admission into the University and after sometime he started smoking and drinking alcohol.

Olaitan took out the packet of cigarette in his pocket and threw it away. He also decided that he was going to change his way of life.

ADEWUYI