It has been more than three weeks since Amina accepted Kamal back and he has never mentioned marriage or going to see her people to her again. It begins to dawn on her that he may be playing her after all.
That night after work, she makes up her mind to talk to him. When she gets home, the door is locked, she checks her bag for her spare key and she can’t find it. “I told Kamal to always keep the spare key under the foot mat outside whenever he is going out but he keeps forgetting.
Now see, I can’t find my own key and I don’t know when he will be back”. She dials his number and it is switched off. As she is outside contemplating on what to do, her landlord drives in and sees her.
Landlord: “Ah, I have been looking for you all these days; you go out before I wake up in the morning and I don’t even know when you return in the night”.
Amina: “Oga landlord, good evening, sir”.
Landlord: “Evening o, when are you moving in with me?”
Amina: “How do you mean, I don’t understand”.
Landlord: “I gave you two weeks to break up with your good for nothing boyfriend; its three weeks and I haven’t heard anything from you. Do you want me to reopen his case and send you packing? Remember that you haven’t paid me the rent you owe me”
Amina: “No now, oga landlord. I thought you said you love me, how can you send me packing. I am really working hard to send him away, just give me more time, please. We will soon be together”.
Landlord: “You keep saying that all the time and yet you do not make any effort to send him away. Listen, I give you the grace of extra two weeks, if you don’t do anything before that time, I will send you packing and your boyfriend will rot in jail”.
Amina: “Okay. Two weeks then”, she replied a lot going through her mind.
As she just finished talking to the landlord, Kamal walks in, hisses at the landlord, ignores Amina and walks into the room. Amina noticing the change in his mood and afraid that he may come out to make trouble dismisses the landlord and goes in to meet Kamal who is already pacing up and down, fuming with anger.
Kamal: “What the hell were you doing out there talking to that shameless womanizer?”
Amina: “I was talking to him about the house rent that we owe him”.
Kamal: “My friend will you shut up? You are such a pathetic liar. You think I didn’t hear you when you told him that you will see him later?”
Amina: “oh no, sweetheart, I didn’t say…”
Kamal “Just shut up. Now listen to me, if I ever see you close to that man, I will kill him and kill you and then I will runaway to another place to enjoy my life. My eyes are on you”.
Amina: “I have told you to stop threatening to kill people; it will put you in trouble one day”.
Kamal: “You don’t tell me what to say and what not to say. I am hungry, get me something to eat”.
Amina moves to the kitchen to make eba with the remaining egusi that she made over the weekend. She dreads the time when she will bring up the topic about marriage as she couldn’t predict his reactions. Amina notices that Kamal keeps to trying to ignore a call while they are eating. She tries to ignore it and when he keeps silencing his phone, she lets out. “Why don’t you just pick up the call? Why are you ending the call if you have nothing to hide?”
Kamal: “Yes, you are right; I will just pick up the call”. He gets up and goes outside the compound to pick the call, It is Fatima calling. When he comes back, Amina, angry is lying on the bed sulking. She has stopped eating even though she is not full yet.
Amina: “Why do you have to go out to receive a call?
Kamal: “It’s my phone, I can receive calls anywhere I want, even inside the toilet”.
Amina: “No, don’t try to play smart here. It simply means that you didn’t want me to hear what you discussed on phone and that’s why you went out. The same you who was accusing me of cheating on you with the landlord is the same you who is behaving in a suspicious manner”.
Kamal: “Listen Amina, do not think that because I am staying in your house for the time being gives you the liberty to talk to me anyhow. I am the man here and you will respect my decisions”.
At about 1:00am, while Kamal is still fast asleep, Amina wakes him up.
Kamal: “What is it, is it morning yet?”
Amina: “No, its not morning. We need to talk after which you can go back to sleep’.
Kamal: “Talk about what? Can’t it wait till tomorrow morning?”
Amina: “No, it can’t wait”.
Kamal reluctantly gets up from the bed. “Be fast about it, so I can go back to sleep, he grunts”.
Amina: “Its about us, when are we going to see my parents? I am not getting any younger”.
Kamal: “What is urgent about this question that you said it can’t wait? As far as I am concerned, the only discussion that can’t wait in the world is the one that concerns life and death”.
Amina: “It is urgent because all my mates are married and I am here and I don’t even know where I stand with you…”
Kamal: “Well, where were you when your mates were getting married that you didn’t? Listen baby”, he draws her close and takes her lips in his. “I love you so much and we would soon get married. Just give me time for this contract that I am pursuing to click, soon as it does, we are walking down the aisle”. He continues to kiss her, grapples her breasts as she moans, knowing her weak point he goes for the neck and the same time strokes the hair. She moans so loud that Kamal uses his lips to shut her up, the protrusion in his boxers makes her open her legs apart, “I want you right now!” she yells. He peels off her bum short in seconds, actions starts. They both moan as they change positions in intervals.
After making love all night, Amina wakes up the next morning late and tired. She hurries through her bath and grabs Robb to massage her waist. This is a daily routine for her anytime she makes love with Kamal.
After sex with him, she usually feels a mild waist pain which is not unconnected to his ceaseless poundings. Kamal is still sleeping soundly and she kisses him on the forehead and leaves.
She gets to the shop in time to see that her madam has not arrived. She meets Jummai and Wasiu cleaning.
Jummai: “Amina, Amina. Kina burge ni kwana biyun nan fa. You just dey come shop late anyhow. E be like say oga Kamal no dey allow you sleep for night. You know say harmattan don come, men no dey joke this period”.
Amina: “Jummai! Na you get your mouth o. Shebi the injury you sustained during your accident has healed, that’s why you are now running your mouth anyhow”.
Her phone beeps and she picks it up from her bag, it is Kamal calling.
Amina: “Sweetheart, have you started missing me already?”
Kamal: “My mother is dying; we need N100, 000 for them to perform an urgent operation for her in the village. You know I don’t have anything, baby help me. Don’t allow my mother who is also your mother-in-law to die”. He drops the call.
Amina is thrown off balance, Kamal sounded like he was crying and she knows that she has to help him no matter what. She calls her landlord to see if she can get some loan from him.
Landlord: “N100, 000? That is a very big amount in this recession but I will give you. Just come and spend the night in my house and give it to me all night and you will have the money first thing tomorrow morning”.
Amina: “Oga landlord, but…”
Jummai interrupts her conversation with the landlord.
“Amina, madam say make you carry the N250, 000 wey dey inside her office go bank make you deposit am for her account now, now”.
Amina picks the money, puts it in her bag and stops a bike man and heads to the bank. All through the ride, Kamal keeps calling her and begging her to do something about his mother’s health. When she gets close to the bank, she alights and hands the bike man N500. The idea of running away with her Madam’s N250,000 keeps running through her mind. She was worried about Kamal’s Mom illness
Question: “Will Amina run away with the money or agree to sleep with the landlord to raise money for Kamal’s mother’s health? Is it worth it? Will Kamal understand when he finds out?
Names have been changed to protect the identity of the narrator and other individuals in the story.
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