By Toyin Taiwo
My mum adjusted on her seat.
“He’s divorced with two kids right?”
“Why did he divorce his wife?”
“You know naval officers travels a lot, Earlier in his career, he use to travel for six months, sometimes they are on the ocean for one year straight without going home.
His wife started having an affair with his driver who lived in the house as at that time. He got to know about the affair. He confronted his wife who denied bluntly until he caught them red handed.
The driver ran away but came back years later claiming the three kids are his.They went for a DNA test but luckily for him, two of the kids are his while the third belongs to the driver. That was he reason why he divorced his wife, he couldn’t bring himself to trust her again” I informed her.
“Why didn’t he remarry?”
“Like I said he already had trust issues, so he made up his mind not to remarry but at some points he was lonely, he thought he needed someone…
“A s*x tool” my mum cut in
“Mummy I’m not his s*x tool, if its about s*x, he won’t be with me cos I’m not s*x freaked. There are 1001 girls out there who are professor in bedmatics. He wants a companion and that’s why he sticks to me all this why” I stated.
“The private investigator said so, he said you are the only one he’s having an affair with” She continued.
“My observations are: one he loves you, that’s obvious but do you love him or is it just about the money?”
“Mum as much as I hate to admit it, I love him” I replied.
“Okay, I remembered you had a friend back then, I met in him in the house once. You said he travelled out or something. Did you get physical with him at any time before he left the country?” She asked.
“No ma” I said wondering why my mum decided to put me on a hot sit.
“Who deflowered you?”
“Mummy! Am I on a hot sit or something”
“Ehn, you can call a friend and ask. I said who deflowered you?”
“My conclusion” She stood up.
“He loves you, you love him, he’s single though with kids, he transformed your life and to crown it all you gave him your v!rginity.
Here’s my advice, marry him Anike”
“Let me have your phone” before I could act she had already snatched my phone from my hand.
“You are a child of God, it’s time you legalize your f0rnication” she said outrightly.
I don’t use to lock my phone, I never saw a need for it until today. Before I knew it my mum was already calling
Who are you calling mum?”
“He gives me joy”
Hi princess” I his voice came out from my phone, my mum put the call on speaker
“Missing me already”
“This is your princess’s mother on the line”
“Good….evening ma….and congrats on Anike’s graduation” he said picking his words carefully.
“Thank you sir, congrats to you too. You are the messiah my daughter hid from me. Thanks for everything sir”
“You don’t have to thank me, she’s with me and my responsibility is to take care of her”
“Is Anike okay?”
“Yes she’s right here. My daughter never lied to me before and that was why I believed her from the beginning.
I’m sure she already told you, now that I know that you two are having an affair”
“I’m sorry you found out this way but I never had any bad intensions towards your daughter. She’s a good girl and that’s why I kept her. The only thing I’m sorry about is dating a girl I’m old enough to father”
“I know how helpful you’ve been to me and my family ever since you met Anike and I’ll forever be grateful”
“Its nothing ma, let’s just give all thanks to God”
“What’s your plan for my daughter?”
“Ma!” I’m very sure he’s as shocked as I am.
“I mean now that she’s out of school”
“Our initial arrangement was for her to be with me for some time. But to be sincere with you ma, along the line I became fond of her that I find it hard to let go. Is Anike still there with you?”
“Yes, she’s here”
“I’ve been talking to her about marriage for some time now. She kept on complaining about age differences and all”
“You guys should stop discussing my life as if I’m not here. Prince I said it before, I’m saying it again. I can’t marry you. I didn’t sign a marriage contract with you” I said firmly.
“Will you keep quiet” My mum snapped.
“Prince Alawode, now that I know your plan, You have my consent I’ll try and talk to her.
“Mummy please don’t interfere, this is between us”
“You two should sit down and start discussing marriage. You can make the wedding small and discreet” My mum chirp in.
“Mummy when I’m ready for marriage, I’ll get married”
“Thank you ma, please help me talk to her” Prince said.
“Try harder too, I can’t force her to marry you, you have much work to do here”
“OK ma, good night”
“Good night” she said and ended the call.
“You! She said pointing at me, I’m sorry for you. You think you can get a young man abi, they will feel intimidated by your money. You think the guy won’t question your wealth and asked where about the source of your money. What work will you tell him you are doing.
Some will even eat your money and run. A man’s ego will never allow him marry a lady like you, who is rich and has everything. They will believe that you can’t be controlled.”
“Mummy God will give me my own husband”
“Amen, good night. I want to sleep”
I left the room for her, cos I needed fresh air.
My mum and Okiki travelled back to Lagos the following day, Adekemi went back to her base. I joined them a week later when I was through in school. Prince’s PA helped me move my car and other things to Lagos.
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