The policeman looked at him for some minutes and then sighed…
Policeman: “I should be torturing you now to confess but I just don’t know why I feel so helpless about that. Maybe it’s because you are really innocent?”
Mazi Nnamdi: “Oh yes my son. God bless you, I am really innocent. I didn’t do something like that when I was younger, why will at do it at this age?” he was behind himself with a new found hope.
Policeman: “Okay. I will bail you out” he said standing up.
Mazi Nnamdi: “O God be praised” he said happily but soon, gloom returned to his countenance when he remembered he didn’t have anywhere to go neither did he have any money. “But where will I go to? where will I find the money to go back home?” he said aloud to himself.
Policeman: “I can’t bail you out and then send you back into the street helpless na. don’t worry, you will stay with me for some time. Since you said you don’t even know which state your son is at, it means he can be anywhere, even here in Lagos so we are going to start our search here in Lagos. There is no need going back to Onitsha without you even trying here first”
Mazi Nnamdi: “Oh oyu are a God sent. Thank you my son, I didn’t even think of it that way at all. All my mind is in the East. May God keep you safe and bless everything you do” he raised his withering hands up in the air as he prayed for his helper. He didn’t know he could find such a person in the police force. He felt like the man was especially there to help him at that point in time.
Sukanmi: “Oh my God! Jerry are you okay?” he knelt beside him and tapped him gently but he still didn’t move. He checked the back of his neck but there was no blood anywhere. He checked his pulse and found out that it was just alright and heaved a deep sigh of relief.
Jerry knowing he couldn’t have succeeded in pranking the pharmacist for long sprang to his feet laughing uncontrollably.
Jerry: “I got you there didn’t I?” he asked in between bouts of laughter.
Sukanmi: “What the hell is wrong with you? What If I had died of hypertension? Why will you do a thing like that?” he could hardly contain his anger.
Jerry: “Sorry about that but why did you push me like that too? You could have killed me for nothing”
Sukanmi: “What do you mean by for nothing? you were trying to force yourself on me and you call that for nothing?” he went closer to him with a look of incredulity on his face.
Jerry: “Yes now. It was for nothing since I wasn’t really trying to do that. It was a test”
Sukanmi: “Test for what?”
Jerry: “I know what you are and it got me scared that my cousin who is just like a sister to me is all over you like that and even planning to get married to you. I needed to be sure you were strong enough to carry it through without hurting her in the process. Please do not hurt my sister. If you know in your heart that you will not be able to give her what she wants later in the future, please don’t go ahead with this marriage. It is better for you to pull out now than to do it later” he became quite sober.
Sukanmi: “Hmmmmmm… pulling out now will hurt her a lot and I don’t ever want to see that happen”
Jerry: “Do you probably love her? I have never seen a gay guy this protective of a lady’s feelings before” he cast him a look of sheer disbelief.
Sukanmi: “I don’t know. it cannot be love, I don’t have any sexual feelings towards her but I care about her a lot. She is my friend, my only friend. I’d rather die than see her get hurt”
Jerry: “Wow! How I wish you didn’t have to be gay. You would have been the best she could have ever asked for. I think you should tell her the truth then. She loves you a lot and I think she might decide to stand by you even with that. It is better for her to know”
Sukanmi: “If you hadn’t barged in that day, maybe we would have settled that issue by now?”
Jerry: “Well that day was not the right time. It would have been the end of your relationship with her. I know that much”
Sukanmi: “So thanks a lot” he said sarcastically.
Jerry: “You are welcome inlaw” he stood up and gave him a bow.
“Shit! How come nothing happened between them? Just imagine how easy this would have been for me. The guy could have just died too, that would have been killing two birds with a stone but the idiot was only playing pranks. I have to switch to plan B” He thought as he dropped his phone on the table, biting his nails.
Her mum finally agreed to let her get married first and so the date for their introduction was fixed. Not like they had too much family on both sides to grace the occasion but just few friends, co-workers and then people from Kemi’s side. He had taken her to meet Kemi once and she was enthralled by Suzan’s humility and respectfulness. She could not believe an only child and a rich one at that could be that good mannered. She knew her son was marrying a good lady and couldn’t help but begin to dote on the girl too just like her mum doted on Sukanmi.
As God would have it, Suzan Snr had invited Abodunrin but he never knew Kemi would be there. He thought she was probably in the hospital dying at that moment since he never knew Sukanmi had gone back to her. He was too obsessed with finding ways to tarnish Sukanmi’s image that he didn’t bother to do a background check on the people invited for the introduction.
When she and Sukanmi entered the house, she was not expecting the elegance she saw in the house. The exotic cars and the building itself. She knew they were rich but didn’t imagine it was to that extent. Suzan’s mum was out immediately to welcome them, there were few other guests present already.
Suzan Snr: “Welcome my inlaw. God bless you for coming” she said and hugged her whole-heartedly but careful not to crush her pregnancy which had just entered its 16th week. Her petite frame could not hide the little bulge which was evident under her iro and buba.
Kemi: “Thanks for receiving us ma. Your house is breath taking I must say” she said looking around.
Suzan Snr: “Oh yeah. It is all thanks to God” she said leading them inside.
Just then, Abodunrin came out from inside the inner chambers, looking all ready for the party. Kemi saw him and her breath caught in her throat.
Abodunrin: “Honey how do I look?” he asked adjusting his kembe and sokoto without looking up. He was oblivious of Sukanmi and his wife’s presence.
Suzan Snr: “Oh…uhn… Meet my husband to be, Abodunrin. It is a double blessing in this household you see?” She announced beaming with smiles.
Sukanmi held on tightly to his mum whom he noticed was swaying on her feet…
Sukanmi: “Get a hold of yourself mum” he whispered to her.
Kemi: “I am fine” she said and looked up at him, he was sizing her up from head to toe with his eyes dropping on her stomach. He wondered how on earth she was not dying in the hospital, she wondered what the protrusion on her midsection was for. His look was bland only for a minute before he regained his composure.
Abodunrin: “Oh nice to meet you uhn…” he pretended not to know her name.
Suzan Snr: “Just call her Sukanmi’s mum” She chipped in when she noticed how uncomfortable her guest was.
Kemi: “Please where is the restroom here?”
Suzan Snr: “Oh just walk straight, you will see it by your left at the corridor or Sukanmi, take her there”
He led her to the restroom and then she dismissed him, telling him she wanted to be alone for some time. He left her there with his heart in his throat. He couldn’t dare imagine how much hurt she must have been feeling at that moment.
He sneaked into the corridor when he noticed Sukanmi was no longer there, knocked and announced that he was the one. It didn’t take her a second before she opened the door.
Abodunrin: “I came to warn you” he said in a hushed tone after locking the door behind him. He refused to acknowledge the tears on her face and the worry lines on her forehead or the dark circles under her eyes.
Kemi: “Why? How could you Abodunrin?” she hiccupped.
Abodunrin: “You have no right to ask me any questions so just listen. I can see you are pregnant but I don’t want to know who the baby is for. Don’t even dare say it belongs to me because it’s already over between us. Secondly, don’t even think of telling Suzan about us or I will expose your son’s secret to the whole world. I still have him at the back of my palms so save him by keeping your mouth and your emotions to yourself.
Don’t think of going on a mission to save the world or I’d destroy you, your unborn child and your bastard gay son” he ended, opened the door without another word and stepped out into the corridor again.
Question: Will she save another woman from an opportunist or save her son’s image?
To be continued…
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