‘That reminds me Seyi’ her mum started, ‘there is something that has been on my mind to talk to you about.’
Seyi turned to her and listened with rapt attention. Her mother and her hardly spoke much. Aside the regular ‘mummy good morning’, ‘mummy I need this or that’; they never really had that mother-daughter intimacy. This was partly because Seyi as much as possible locked herself out of the affairs of the home thanks to her father’s unruly nature.
When Seyi was much younger, things were a lot better. Quarrels between her parents were less frequent. Her home then was a home but ever since her father gave in to drunkenness, she detested her home and always sought every opportunity to be as far from home as possible and unfortunately for her mum and her, they gradually grew apart.
‘Okay ma,’ Seyi said wondering what it could be that her mother wanted to talk to her about.
‘You know you are no longer a child. You are done with secondary school and the next phase of your life is going to the higher institution.’ Mrs Cole said as she poured oil into the pot on fire.
Seyi listened, still not sure where her mum was headed.
‘This is the period of your life when boys will be hovering round you like flies. They’ll claim to love you; some will tell you they can’t do without you and tell you all sort of lies just to manipulate you into falling for them,’ she reduced the heat under the pot and gave Seyi her full attention. ‘This is not the time for all that. You can have male friends but please don’t let it go beyond that I beg you, keep yourself pure.’
Seyi stood there speechless, her mind in overdrive as several thoughts chased themselves through it. ‘Does my mum know about Goke? Has she gone through my phone? That couldn’t be, she doesn’t know my password’, she tried convincing herself. Her mum had never given her the ‘boy talk’ before. ‘Why now of all times?’ She wondered.
‘Do you understand what I’m saying?’ Mrs Cole asked still facing Seyi.
‘Yes ma, I understand.’ Seyi had no choice but to say that she understood. She didn’t want more talk from her mum.
Mrs Cole turned back, increased the heat under the pot and continued cooking.
Seyi’s phone beeped with a whatsapp message notification tone. She picked it and checked the message that had just entered. It was a message from Goke.
‘Hi dear, what time should I come and pick you up?’
Seyi read the message and didn’t know how to respond.
‘Was that Sope? I know she’d be expecting you.’ Mrs Cole said.
‘Ermm.. no not Sope…Yes she would.’ Seyi was not happy lying to her mum but just didn’t know how to stop.
‘You shouldn’t go late to her place; I guess you could call her to send her dad’s driver.’ Mrs Cole said.
Seyi didn’t know how to respond anymore. The initial excitement she had had disappeared. She knew what she was doing was wrong; she felt she was repaying her mum’s good with evil. ‘Okay ma, I’ll do that.’ She said and began to compose a message to Goke.
‘Does that mean you won’t eat till you get back?’ Mrs Cole asked, concerned as she diced onions into the oil on fire.
‘I already had snacks and a drink; I’m not really hungry’ Seyi told her mum then sent a message to Goke;
‘You can start coming. Let me know when you are at the gate leading into the estate; I’ll meet you there.’
‘Mummy I want to go and get ready.’ She told her mum.
‘Okay’ Mrs Cole said as she continued cooking.
Seyi went into her room. Bimbo was sleeping. She stood in front of the rectangular mirror hanging behind the door leading into their room and looked at her reflection. As she did so, she realized she didn’t know what she was doing anymore. ‘What have I gotten myself into’ she reasoned? ‘Well it’s not like I am doing anything bad; I’m just going to hang out with a friend’’ She tried convincing herself.
She took her small makeup purse containing her brown powder, eyeshadow, eyeliner and some lipsticks and began to touch up her face. She didn’t want to look too made up so she just used brown powder and a little lipstick.
As she was brushing her hair, Bimbo woke up.
‘Where are you going, sister Seyi?’ she asked.
‘Out’ She didn’t even look at her sister.
‘To see who?’
‘None of your business.’ Seyi styled her hair and was more or less set. She didn’t bother changing the clothe she wore to church since Goke was the reason she wore that clothe in the first instance.
‘I will tell mummy,’ Bimbo threatened thinking that will make Seyi give her more information.
‘Bye bye go and tell her’ Seyi said and picked her phone to dial Goke’s number. ‘I officially have the most annoying sister in the world’ she said under her breath as she placed the phone in her ear and waited for him to pick up.
‘Hey Seyi’ he said immediately he picked the call.
‘Hi Go…’ she quickly cut and didn’t mention his name so that Bimbo won’t know who she was talking to. ‘Where are you now?’
‘I’m close to your estate. You can start walking towards the gate.’ He told her.
‘Alright, I’ll do that. See you soon.’ She ended the call.
‘Hmmmmm..boyfriend is not good o, boyfriend is not now o, boyfriend, boyfriend’ Bimbo began to sing.
Bimbo had not been more annoying. She pissed Seyi off so much so, she felt like slapping her but had to control herself and leave the room before she did what she’d regret and will definitely prevent her from going out to see anybody.
When she got to the kitchen, she told her mummy she was ready to go.
Mrs Cole looked at her and asked, ‘Where is the driver?’
‘He is at the entrance to the estate. That where I agreed to meet him.’ Seyi explained.
‘Any reason in particular?’ Mrs Cole asked.
‘Okay then, maa pe (don’t come back late),’ her mum told her. It would be better you pass the kitchen door out so your father doesn’t see you leaving and start asking questions or stop you from going out.’ Mrs Cole knew her husband very well. He was so unpredictable yet she knew with the mood she met him in after church, Seyi won’t be allowed to go anywhere.
‘Thank you mummy,’ Seyi said very grateful and pleased with her mum. She passed the back door and off she went.
The gate leading into the estate was only a few meters away as their house was the fifth on the street. When she got to the gate, she looked around but didn’t see any car parked. It was then she realized, she had seen Goke just once and she had no idea what kind of car he drove. She waited for a few minutes and dialed his number again.
‘Hello Goke, where are you?’ She asked, gradually running out of patience.
‘I’m so sorry dear; I was held up in traffic. I’ll be there soon.’ He explained.
‘Okay, what car are you driving?’ She asked and added, ‘so I’ll easily spot you when you come.’
‘A blue Kia, don’t worry I’ll call you as soon as I get there,’ he told her.
It was sunny so Seyi went under the gate man’s shed and sat there waiting for him.
After another five minutes of waiting, she saw a navy blue car drive into the estate and gradually come to a halt. She watched as the driver of the car parked it and picked his phone. It was when her phone started ringing she left the shed where she had been waiting and walked towards the car.
Goke spotted her and came down to meet her. He wore a pair of sun shades which he removed when he saw her. He had on a matching mint green guinea top and trousers. He was a 5 feet 11”, dark complexioned, good looking young man in his early twenties.
He walked towards Seyi and hugged her, ‘I’m so sorry for keeping you waiting; that’s not my usual nature, he explained. I had a little issue locating this place. That, together with the traffic is the reason for the delay. I’m sorry,’ he apologised.
‘Its okay,’ Seyi said she took in the sweet fragrance of his perfume. ‘You smell nice,’ she paid him a compliment and smiled.
‘Thanks dear, you look amazing too. I had no idea I had been chatting with someone this beautiful,’ he said as he motioned for them to walk towards the car.
‘But you have seen me before and I’ve sent you my pictures a couple of times,’ Seyi reminded him.
‘True that, but you are much more beautiful today than ever before,’ Goke said as he opened the passenger side door for her. He was full of sweet words that could sweep any lady off her feet.
To be continued. Read Part 12 Now Here
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