May 31, 2023

Amina and Ismail leaves for his mother’s house. Contrary to Amina’s expectations, his parents welcome her and after the introductions, they welcome her into the family irrespective of her age and humble background. Ismail keeps to his words and takes her home before dark. As soon as she gets to her compound, he takes her left hand and kisses the ring on her finger.
Ismail: “I love you, my angel. Have a good night rest and take care of yourself for me”.
Amina: “I will, darling. I love you more”.
As soon as she gets into the room, her mum and Jalila are waiting eagerly for her.
Mama Amina: “Wetin happen? Hope say una no quarrel? Him like you?
Jalila: “Aunty Amina, please tell us o, how did it go? Did he propose, do you like him? My ears are itching to hear the gist.”
Amina: “Haba, mama. You won’t even allow me sit down before you start bombarding me with questions? Even you, Jalila which one is your own here? You too like gist – You should be reading more stories on Inside Arewa Blog – Na you go run sef”. They all laughed uncontrollably!
Jalila: “Aunty, bring the gist as e dey hot abeg”.
Amina: “Well, we went out to an eatery where we ate and discussed and…”
Mama Amina: “And what? Just say it”.
Jalila: “Yes, just go straight to the point. Biko hit the hammer for the nail head, no time”.
Amina: “Well, he proposed to me and gave me this ring”.
Jalila: “Wow! Oh my God this is so beautiful. I am so happy for you big sis”.
Mama Amina: “Ehn, wetin you dey talk? Say man don ask my pikin to marry her? God thank you o, where the people wey say Amina no go see husband marry for this world? Ntor! Shame don catch them. Alhamdulillah”.
Amina: “Mama! Which enemies? Hian!”
Mama Amina: “Ah, Enemies plenty for this world o, no be everybody wey de smile with you like you”.
Amina: “I need to go in and rest, we are starting our wedding shopping tomorrow. Ismail and his people will be coming for introduction and to collect the list of marriage items from you people next tomorrow”.
Mama Amina: “No wahala,, we are ready for them. Them fit even come today, seff. No shaking”.
Amina: “Na you sabi, mama. You really are serious about marrying me off”.
Kamal has barely stayed few days with his parents when he squandered the N100, 000 Amina gave him for his mother’s treatment. His laziness and irritating attitude are beginning to get on his mother’s nerves.
Mama Kamal: “Won’t you go back to the city and work? Na so so sleep and food na im you dey do since wey you come here”.
Kamal: “Mama, go back to the city and do what? I don’t have a job there and you have chased away the girl that was accommodating me”.
Mama Kamal: “Meaning what? So you no go find another work dey do? No be man you be? You no dey shame say as you dey like this na me still dey feed you?”
Kamal: “Mama, are you tired of having me around? If you are, just tell me and I will leave”.
Mama Kamal: “Yes, I am tired. Go out and hustle like the man that you are. You cannot stay and not do any work. If you no work, you no go eat”.
Kamal: “Fine, I will leave. I know my Amina will accept me back”, he storms out of the house.
The next day is a busy one for Amina as Ismail comes to pick her early in the morning, takes her to meet some members of his extended family after which they go shopping. Amina is excited as she is having the best days of her life. “Thank God I rejected other men, else I wouldn’t have met this angel”, she keeps telling herself. After shopping all day, they go to the cinema and watch movies.
Ismail: “Should I drop you off at home? It’s pretty late and your parents may be worried about you. Sorry, I lost track of time”.
Amina: “No, they know I am with you. There’s no problem at all”.
Ismail: “So do we spend the night in my house? I don’t bite”.
Amina: “Hahaha, okay”.
After Amina showers and gets into the sleeping robes that Ismail gave her, he excuses himself to go and sleep in the guest room so that she can have his room and his bed to herself.
Amina: “Why do you want to go and sleep in the guest room? Won’t your parents allow us to sleep in the same room?
Ismail: “My parents have got nothing to do with this. They are fast asleep in their room and I am an adult, my parents don’t dictate what I do to me. I thought you won’t be comfortable having me around and I do not want to inconvenience you in anyway”.
Amina: “No, it’s fine. You can come and sleep here”.
Ismail falls asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow. “He didn’t even attempt to touch me. Is he impotent? Who knows if he is even a man, seff”, she reasons.
She wakes up at about 4:00am the next day to find Ismail fast asleep. “Ah, that’s one thing I like about Kamal o, if it’s him now, with this cold, plenty action for they happen for bed”. She says. Terribly cold because of the air conditioning that she is not used to, she throws the blanket over her and draws near him for warmth.
Ismail: “Hey, you cold? I could turn off the AC if you don’t want it”.
Amina: “No, I like it”.
As their bodies meet, a current surges through them and Amina covers his lips with a kiss. Ismail responds by kissing her back and his hands begin to move all round her body. As his hands find her nipple, she lets out a soft moan as her body craves for more of his touch. Ismail continues to fondle her breast and kiss her and Amina grabs his hands, puts it in between thighs and screams: “I want you!”
Ismail: You sure this is what you want, baby? I don’t want you to wake up tomorrow thinking I took advantage of you because you slept in my house”.
Amina: “Have me, please!”
Ismail moves over and pulls down her pant, she, eager to get down pulls down his boxers and guides him in to her.
After four rounds of love making, Amina is exhausted and impressed. He is so good in bed; he touched me in the right places. He is so firm but gentle, unlike Kamal who rushes at me and gets down without taking note of how I feel. They fall into a deep sleep after the fifth round.
Kamal arrives Amina’s compound and is told by a tenant that Amina has been sent packing by the landlord.
Kamal: “Na wa, the landlord dey craze? Why him go just send my babe out like that?”
Tenant: “Hmmn, just take am easy, sha”.
Kamal: “Where Amina come pack go na”
Tenant: “How I wan take know, shebi na you be her boyfriend, we suppose dey ask you”.
Kamal: “Ask me as how? Abeg carry your busy body commot from here , jor. I can’t remember calling you here”.
Tenant: “I no blame you na, shebi na me stand dey talk with you”.
Kamal dials Amina’s number, Ismail thinking that it is her parents calling and intending to tell them that she is in a bathroom picks the call.
Kamal: “Who you be? Give Amina her phone na? Tell her say Kamal say if she no send me her new house address now, I go kill landlord wey be her sugar daddy come set her up as the killer and I go trace you wey pick her call kill you too. Amina na my babe and nobody fit snatch her from me?”
Question: “Why does Kamal want Amina back? How will Ismail react to the situation on ground? Will he still go ahead with the marriage plans? What should Amina do?

Names have been changed to protect the identity of the narrator and other individuals in the story.

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