Written By Amah’s Heart.
My Mum was back and Dad called me to travel down. I couldn’t even miss out on that. I see my Dad almost every month but is been a long time I saw my Mum last. Ever since she travelled to USA. Is been over a year, I haven’t set my eyes on her for real except through video calls.
The next day I prepared for my short journey. It was a good relief to be away from Ireti. She was going to stay with her Papi and plan his birthday party while I was away.
She told me that her Papi’s birthday was in three days’ time. I told her I couldn’t make it because I need to travel to see my parents. I expected her to be angry but she wasn’t, she just smile and said it was okay. Because her Papi wanted only family and few friends to celebrate with him. She said the party was strictly by invitation and even though she would have loved me to come but seeing my parents was very important. I nodded and sent my good wishes to her Dad. I would have gotten him a birthday gift but he was obviously a rich man and had everything at his disposal and I do not have time to source for a tangible gift.
I’m happy that Ireti will stay away from Sandra while I was gone. I don’t want them in the same house. Ireti may end up getting violence and stab Sandra with a knife, she was too violent and I’m glad she will be busy with her Dad’s birthday party.
I travelled to see my parents. After the whole hugging and petting from my Mum. I and my Dad had father and son moment. He gave me some important documents which he wanted me to hold securely. Mom said the reason why she came was because my last elder sister was getting married and my Dad also misses her and wanted her home.
I laughed at the two old people acting like new lovers.
My sister Joan was getting married to a white colleague of hers living in Georgia and it was a Court wedding. Which means we all supposed to travel back to the state but I needed to stay back to look after things while my Mom and Dad travels.
I heard a great time with my parents and did a lot of video calls with my sisters who wanted me to come over and was booking ticket online for me. Joan said she wanted her friends to meet me.
“… My friends saw your picture. Well I showed them my cute sweet brother that I usually boast off and they all went “aawwww” they want to meet you Martin, c’mon…you can’t miss out on my big day. You may even get to see a wife material among my friends. Don’t give me all this excuse. Fly down with Mom and Dad and let us all get together as a family. Gabi and Fiona will be here with their husband and children. Is going to be an opportunity for us to be together. Don’t be left out Mart and my fiancé will really love to meet you. Everyone want to meet my only brother. Please try and be in Georgia…
“I wish to be there Joan, but I can’t…we all can’t just leave like that. If Dad is away I need to foresee thing while he is gone. I’m sorry Joan…you have my best wishes and I will be waiting for more videos. I will come after the wedding when I know everything is safe and secured. Definitely next summer I will come for vacation and will get to meet everyone. Joan, please stop showing your friends my picture so that they will stop “awwwwing” I woke up with a lipstick the other day and realize a lady was kissing my pics and it affected me in real life…tell them to stay away because I’m almost taken…hahahaha
Joan laughed so hard over the video call and I couldn’t resist laughing at my own dry jokes.
I heard a deep talk with Dad and he was saying almost everything that Jide had already told me.
“Martin Jr, you are a grown man now. And you have to start thinking of settling down and having your own family. I’m an African man and I want you to bear children that will carry on the name. I’m not rushing you son…I do want you to take your time so that you won’t make a mistake but don’t take forever in making a choice. We love you dearly and wants only the best for you. All that matters to me and your mother is for you to be happy. Make sure you do not marry a troublesome woman. Don’t look at levels or class when making a choice…look out for the purity of the heart. sometimes love is not enough in marriage. Trust, prayer, understanding, patience and tolerance makes a fantastic home. I and your Mother are growing old together because we both made the right choice by choosing each other for better and for worst, through sun and rain. It was not a smooth journey but I’m happy that we are growing old together and having more years to celebrate with our children and grand children. We will be here counting our blessing from above and naming them one by one. Martin Jr, listen to me….i’m your father and I will never mislead you my son. An understanding wife is the greatest blessing of all time…do you understand me?
“Yes Dad, I do. I totally understand. I’m working towards that, just taking my time so that I will get it right like you did. I hope and pray to make you and Mom proud.
I had a great time with my loving Mom too. We got to talk and laugh and it was all beautiful.
Dad decided to drive us out for sightseeing. I wanted to drive but he said driving was one of his little way to exercise. Dad drives a high car, one of his old jeep that need to be jack up and down before its start. He has a smaller car but chose to drive this one that requires man power and muscles to function properly.
He said he was the only one that knows how to handle his car and no one else. I laugh and my Mum also laugh at the way Dad was handling the steering.
I attended church with them and Mom made one of her old special delicacy just as old time.
I later travelled back to my base after a week.
I will not let Ireti know that I was back because I wanted to spend time with Sandra and may do another shopping for her when I’m sure that Ireti is not coming.
As I got inside my house with my bag, the first thing that caught my eyes was the place my aquarium used to be was empty. I moved closer thinking maybe Sandra put it somewhere else but it wasn’t anywhere around. Sandra came out and greeted me but I was too consumed, scanning the whole place for my aquarium and did not respond to her cheerful greetings
I rushed to my room, hoping maybe the aquarium was moved to the room due to some reasons but another surprise met my eyes. My wardrobe was unlocked, the key was broken. I was shocked and began to wonder if there was a robbery in my house while I was away. The first thing I did was to rush to my Burgundy shoe and I felt relieved when I saw the shoe there.
I took a closer look at the shoe and it appears different from my main shoe. “This is not my burgundy shoe, what the hell is this? I cried out my shock.
I took it very close and began to examine it with my panting heart and realized that the shoe was not my original Burgundy. Someone exchanged it.
I began to sweat profusely. I screamed Sandra’s name and she came running to my room.
“What happened here, who came to my wardrobe while I was away and took my Burgundy shoe? Who was here? Where is my aquarium and my original shoe… answer me?
I screamed at her as my frustration grew with every passing second.
Sandra was shaking as fear gripped her. She was terrified. I guess she haven’t seen me really angry before.
I asked her again, standing up, I grabbed her by her clothe and shakes her while repeating the questions to her. I left her and held my head in my hands.
“I don’t know sir, I can’t lie to you. I don’t know what happened. I went to the market that day and when I came back the aquarium was no more in the sitting room. I asked Musa if anybody came and he said Big Madam came and left in a hurry. I don’t know what really happened. I thought you sent her, I would have called to let you know…I’m sorry sir. Please believe me…I can’t lie to you.
She said she doesn’t know. She went to the market and by the time she returns it was gone. She asked Musa and Musa said big Madam was around and later left.
What sort of crazy story is this? The whole story was not getting to my head. How can she not know? I pulled off my cloth angrily and was on singlet.
Ireti was a big girl, she will never want to steal from me. Ireti will never commit such crime when she had a rich dad that can afford everything for her.
I was in anguish and held my mouth from from the horror staring right at my face.
How can Sandra who is in charge of my house not know?
What sort of childish story is all this.
i kicked and started acting like a mad man. i felt like breaking and scattering everything in sight. and that was how i lifted the bed up and pushed it aside. i broke my lamp holder and when i turned, i saw something at a far end under the bed that i angrily pushed out. i rushed and picked it up and it was my old first polish, the one my uncle sent with the shoe from UK. i searched all over the house for it before but couldn’t find it, never knew that it was under the bed all this while. i looked around for my other polish the one that recently got missing but it wasn’t there. i searched around for my original shoe but nothing.
i screamed and threw the UK polish away, Sandra dodged from getting struck from the polish. tears stream down her face.
i was breathing hard, acting like a mad man. my favorite Burgundy shoe have been replaced with a fake shoe. my aquarium which has beautifully graced my house for long has gone missing. how can that be?
And the only thing I kept starring at was the fake Burgundy shoe lying carelessly on the ground. I picked it up and threw it hard on the wall before screaming out again in rage. Sandra crawled up to one corner and watch me rage on.
“Who could have done this to me”?
I must get to the root of this puzzle, this must be a bad dream.
“It can’t happen…no…no. there must be a reasonable explanation of where my original Burgundy shoe and my Aquarium disappeared to. I won’t take this…no, I won’t!
I took my phone and called Ireti.
BURGUNDY Episode 11.
By Amah’s Heart.
I called Ireti’s number and she picked.
” Baby, my aquarium is missing, my burgundy shoes has been exchanged with some crapy shoe. I was told you came over and took them… why did you do such?
She screamed into my ears.
” Me???…who told you that? A whole me… C’mon my love, I’m too big for such. Who is that unfortunate and useless fool that lied with my name? I came to the house just briefly to check if you were around when I couldn’t get you over the phone. I’m even surprise that you came back without informing me. I guess you planned to get back at me for not informing you when I returned from Dubai. My love, you should know me of all people… why will I take stuffs like that when I can afford mine. My Papi got money and he gives me everything I want. The enemy is within you…. the thief is living in your house and I will help you expose her… I’m coming right away to do that. She can not escape this… you accommodated a deadly thief without knowing. I’m coming to your place…I will personally deal with that thief myself…
The call ended and I sat hard on the ground, holding my head.
I looked over at Sandra and looked away.
” I left my house in your care Sandra…what sort of rubbish explanation are you giving me. My aquarium and shoe disappeared and you are telling me you don’t know…
I said, trying to control my anger but I just can’t help shouting at her.
” Sir, you can go ahead and ask Musa. He was around and saw madam Ireti. Nobody can come in here and take something away, Musa said she was the one…if you doubt me ask him…
I stood angrily from the ground. my phone was ringing, when I checked the caller it was my Mum. I ignored and turned to her.
” Ireti cannot steal from me. She has everything and her father is well to do. What is wrong with your head. Are you stupid? How do you expect me to believe what Musa said? Musa is your friend, he will defend you…I don’t believe this bulshit story your giving me Sandra. I don’t. But my shoe cannot go missing, my aquarium that was in this house before you came cannot just disappear. I will not take this nonsense story of yours…no, I won’t.
My phone was ringing for the fourth time.
It was my dad this time.
” Hello Dad…
” Are you alright Martin Jr? Your mother have been calling but you aren’t picking up. We were worried and wanted to know if you have gotten to your house safely.
” Yes dad… I’m home.
I wanted the call to end right away because I wasn’t in a perfect mood for it. My dad gave the phone to my Mum.
” You got me worried son, you promised to call immediately you arrived, waited for your call but nothing came in. Is everything okay?..
” Yes Mum, I’m fine just a little busy and I will talk to you later. Stop worrying over me all the time, I’m not a child Mum. I’m alright…yes, I am. Talk to you later… have to go now….bye.
I ended the call, threw my phone over a chair and walk out to the sitting room. I asked Sandra to leave my room until Ireti arrives.
I went out and called Musa, I asked him who came in my absence and he repeated the same thing Sandra said. Putting at Ireti as the big madam that came during my absence.
I wasn’t expecting him to say otherwise. I guess he was trying to defend Sandra, his friend.
I went back inside and couldn’t just sit still. I walk to my room and started examining the shoe again.
The person that exchange my shoe with a fake one was a pure criminal. The creative designs on the fake shoe was not properly done when I took a closer look at it. The heel wasn’t even equal, one was bigger than the other. The body wasn’t crafted well like my main shoe but the mistakes are not easily dictated but it becomes so obvious with a close look.
Ireti finally arrived.
” Oh my gosh… that beautiful aquarium that I admire so much. I haven’t even come across it anywhere. even your burgundy shoe. Ah…ah… this is very serious my love. I told you I wanted to make something similar for my Papi’s birthday and I did, I presented the one I made to him during his birthday party…he was so happy. Why will Sandra do this…
I looked at her, Sandra who stood at a far end wore a straight face. She didn’t cry or argue. She just stood staring at Ireti angrily.
Ireti move to her, calling her names. Yet Sandra did not react.
” Sandra you are a big thief…a criminal. That’s what you are and I will make sure that you are arrested. You must provide those things you stole. I warned Mart about you but he won’t listen, now look at the outcome. I’m always right because my instincts never fails me. Sandra the criminal. You planned with your street boyfriend to rob your boss house while he was away. You planed to sell off his expensive property to enrich yourself. Your plans has failed. You are a wicked Witch. All those your stupid, wretched boyfriend that joined you to commit such crime will be exposed.
When Ireti mentioned Sandra’s boyfriend I quickly remembered Jeff. Yes Jeff was Sandra’s boyfriend and Ireti maybe right
I looked at Sandra, more anger forming in my mind.
” How could you Sandra? I asked moving closer to her.
Ireti began to shout.
” Mart I told you about this girl but you won’t listen. I think I told you…now see the result. She’s a criminal and she must provide everything she has stolen. Call the police and get her arrested. They will make her confess to the crime and with that her other accomplice will be apprehended. Call the police Mart…. call them now.
I sat back on a chair. Ireti clapped her hand on Sandra’s face, she tore her clothes and kept humiliating her. Sandra struggled with Ireti as her clothes was been torn.
Ireti gave her two resounding slap that echoes in the house.
Sandra staggered back and held her chick in pain. I thought she will retaliate but she didn’t. A tear dropped down her face and she quickly wiped them off.
Ireti’s long nails gave Sandra a cut on her face.
I called Ireti to stop. She shouldn’t take laws into her hands.
Ireti kept urging me to call the police but I chose not to.
Ireti who was angrily boiling even more than me.
She went over Sandra again.
“Poverty stinking fool like you. So after stealing and selling off your boss property you paint it on me….eehh! You are shedding crocodile tears. We can’t be deceived. Since Mart do not want to press charges on you then I I will deal with you until you confess. I will video you, take your pictures and Share on Instagram and Facebook…all the social media, alerting people to beware of the kind of person they employ as maids…I don’t want another person to fall victim to your scam. Sandra, I will make you go viral for the criminal that you are. I promised to deal with you and I will make sure of it.
Ireti try to slap her again but Sandra held Ireti’s hand tight.
” If you dare…I mean if your name is Ireti and you strike me again…hmmm. I will beat you Ireti. I will so much beat you until you pass out. Don’t dare me. I have taken enough of all this accusation. You can call me names and humiliate me but don’t hit me again. I have had enough of your nonsense and will not take any further from you.
Sandra pushed Ireti aside and she crashed on the ground like a feather and quickly got up.
” Mart, did you hear her? This fool want to beat me… did you see what she Just did to me? Mart get her arrested. Is because you aren’t doing anything that’s why she got wings to challenge me. Mart go and beat her up, show her the real Man in you. You are not to be messed with or Call the police…
Ireti picked up her phone and try to video Sandra.
I stood from where I sat and collected the phone from her.
” Enough of this Ireti. I’m in pain, disappointed and hurt. I love my aquarium and my burgundy shoe, they gives me joy but they are both gone. I’m trying to think and get over it all. stop worsening it Ireti. I’m not calling the police… because I don’t want Sandra to be arrested. I will rather dismiss her. Please, no pictures or videos. Let her be… stop all this crazy drama. I’m tired… Really tired. I don’t understand why Sandra will want to do such to me. What for…
I turned and face Sandra.
“… Sandra, if you needed money you could have asked me. Why will you sell off the things I cherish most and replaced my shoe with a fake one. That’s criminal act and I can get you arrested for it…
” You want to get me arrested for a crime I did not commit then go ahead. Why do you conclude that I stole the things you cherished most? And why will I want to do such? Why do you point an accusing finger at me? Is it because I work for you as a help, or because you thought I’m not from a rich home, my father is an ordinary man unlike your woman’s “Papi”. Is it because I depends on you for survival, I don’t have a say because I’m a nobody and Ireti, who’s father is wealthy is far more important and she is not capable of committing such crimes. She can’t steal or hurt a fly. why did you conclude that I stole the aquarium and shoe? I was crying earlier because I hate injustice. I thought you will be wise enough to deferentiate the truth from lies. But you are too gullible Mart…”
I was shock, Sandra actually called me by name.
Ireti took over the action.
” Mart she actually called your name… did you hear what she Just said? this girl have developed wings because she saw that you are not taking her crime up. What a disrespect from a pure criminal. Big thief… you and your boyfriend or your brother, whoever you planed this with will be exposed. You people will rot in jail. I will personally make sure of that.
Sandra took few steps at Ireti. There was this strong authority in her voice as she speaks.
” You called him Mart, so why shouldn’t I? I addressed him with “sir” because he was my boss but I’m criminal to him now and before my judgement let me speak out my mind and await my arrest. Talking about arresting my brother or boyfriend… the only man that’s in my life and we are inseparable is Jeff and he is a cop in Canada. We spoke most night when he is not on duty… Jeffrey….
Ireti suddenly hushed her to keep quiet.
” Shush…shush your mouth. Keep quiet there before thunder strikes you. Who dash you somebody in Canada? A common church rat like you. You are a criminal from the slump. Who are you to say you have somebody living in abroad. Hahahaha, this girl is damn funny. So apart from stealing you also have grades in lying. You are standing there running your dirty mouth and speaking English, all this will not save you. I will make sure that you are arrested, lock up and the key will be thrown into the sea… let me see how your imaginary cop friend or whoever he is will save you from the fake Canada he reside. Stupid fool like you…I will deal with you until you return all that you stole in this house. If not that my sweetheart stopped me from making a video eeh, the whole world would have known that you are a criminal. A big tag will be attached to your name and you will be ruined forever…
In the beginning Sandra was crying and looks afraid but suddenly she looked like she was ready for a fight and even dares Ireti to carry on her threats. She was unafraid and bold.
Ireti’s finger gave her mark on the face, which was obvious now. her clothes was still thorn but she did not care.
Could it be because of her so called boyfriend that lives in Canada, who happens to be a police guy. I don’t care about who she has because if I decided to take her case up she won’t escape from my hands.
I thought Sandra was a good girl and I almost make the worst mistake of my life by trying to break up with Ireti and declaring my feelings for Sandra. I’m glad I didn’t, I would have regretted it.
Sandra was filled with pretense and I felt worst within myself falling for somebody like her emotionally.
I don’t have the heart to watch her get hurt I could have called the police and they will make her confess to where my burgundy shoe is and who she sold my aquarium to but my heart won’t let me hurt her.
” Please Leave my house and never smell near here. You are not even Sorry for what you did. You have the gut to challenge me and my woman. I expected you to go on your knees and cry for forgiveness but instead you stand there daring me. Get the hell out of here… employing you was a mistake that I will forever regret because I may not be able to find my aquarium or my treasured shoe again…
I said angrily at Sandra who started walking inside to pick her things. Ireti turned to me.
” Are you going to let her go just like that without arresting her? Mart, do you have a soft spot on her or you have slept with her before? Why aren’t you beating her up and breaking her head? Why are you not calling the police to come and pick her up? Why did you stop me from taking her pictured and videoing her so that I can share on social media? Why Mart… she’s a criminal and deserved to be tortured. You saw how she dares me, talk back at me without fear even pushed me to the ground. Mart you saw everything and you decided to let her go like that… what is wrong with you? You are supposed to beat the truth out of her not let her go scot-free….
I was too tired to reply Ireti. The pain of loosing my shoe was so heavy on my chest that I felt like smashing everything on sight but I remained seated and pulled my head back. Trying to breath to calm my raging heart. I looked over where my aquarium used to be and screamed out. I punched the chair that I was sitting on, trying to suppress my pain that rages like war in my heart.
Sandra came out with her bags. I watch Ireti rush to her.
Ireti dragged the bag out of her hand, rushed to the door and threw it outside.
Sandra stooped and looked at me with a frown and unexplainable pain in her eyes.
” The truths will never be hidden forever, it will finds its way out someday and I pray that it will be soon. Soon the hidden lies will be exposed. God will vindicate me and when that happens don’t come looking for me because I will be gone for good…
Ireti have already threw almost all of Sandra’s things outside. Calling her names as Sandra walk to the door.
” Pastor Mrs Sandra the gold digger we have heard you… Leave oo. Criminal…thief..ole ooo. Go to your church and give Thanksgiving that Mart decided to let you go after stealing his most treasured property. he didn’t beat you or get you arrested, you walked out free… just go and thank your God but remember everyday is for the thief one day will be for the owner of the house. Bastard Criminal from the slump may thunder strikes you dead as you leave… nonsense….
Sandra walked out and that was the end of her.
Days turned into weeks then month but the pain of everything refused to go.
I was becoming more angry and sad. I threw off the fake shoe. I hate the sight of it. It reminds me of my precious burgundy that I try to forget. I even wanted to ask my uncle in UK to send another burgundy shoe, if possible the same type he sent before but on a second thought I did not.
I’m so hurt because of my obsession for the shoe. I just want to forget and move on.
Ireti was more loving than before but after sometimes she told me she wasn’t interested in our relationship anymore because I was acting as if I miss Sandra more than my stolen properties and more than everything else.
I pleaded for her to stay and promise to show her more care and love than before. I needed somebody around me and I didn’t want Ireti to leave me because of Sandra.
Ireti decided not to be coming over to my place everytime with the excuse of doing something for Papi. I did notcomplain.
I visited my parents before they travelled. I was the one that drove them to the airport and bid them goodbye.
I wish I was traveling with them, maybe with that I will be able to forget everything but I Just chose to stay.
I continued tidying my house whenever I’m free. I refused to employ another help when Ireti urged me to do so.
I don’t have time to cook everytime so I resulted to ordering food or eating in my favourite restaurant. I take my cloths to the dry cleaners and do the little I can.
I missed Sandra’s cooking and the way she carefully cleans my house.
Even though I hate to admit that I truly miss her but sometimes I wish I will come home to meet my food on the dining, my cloths washed, ironed and put carefully away. The house feeling so fresh and smelling so nice. Sandra was good with many things unlike Ireti but Ireti Will never steal from me or hurt me.
Well, so I thought until she came around one day. While she was in the shower her phone was ringing.
I was closed to it. Ireti usually carry her phone everywhere even to the toilet and I did not really put my mind to it.
I respect people’s privacy and expect the same.
When her phone rang, I looked up from what I was doing on my laptop and saw that Papi was calling her.
I wanted to inform her but she wouldn’t hear me because of the shower noise.
After three miss calls, few moment later a message came in and it was from Papi.
I looked at it again, blinked severally just to be sure of the name sending such message.
I picked up the phone and the message was on the screen because the phone was passworded.
” My fine wine I’m still waiting for your nude sexy pics tonight. Honey, I wish you are here to grind me hard as usual, I can’t sleep, I need you in my arms”.
That was what I read.
yes, exactly that message came from Papi.
Isn’t Papi Ireti’s father again? Or I’m I dreaming? What’s going on? Or is there two Papis? I don’t understand, why will “Papi” send such message to my woman. I mean why?
Another message came in, I took a quick peep because I can hear Ireti coming out of the bathroom but I couldn’t see it. The lock screen covered it.
I was shock, real shock and kept thinking to myself.
Ireti came out of the bathroom and rushed to her phone.
“Oh my gosh. I forgot to take my phone along. oh Papi called me…
I watch her in silent as she tries to unlock her phone with her finger print. Only her finger print can unlock her phone.
I haven’t taken notice of that except now because I wanted to come to the root of why Papi will send such kind of message to her.
I stayed far from the phone and pretend to be busy with my laptop.
She took the phone back to the bathroom and later came out after sometimes.
She smiled to me and I returned a fake smile back to her.
The only thing in my head right now is for her to sleep and I will lay my hands on her phone to know who Papi really is.
Who could be Papi sending such dirty message to Ireti. Is definitely not her father, then who is he?
I bent my head on my laptop and pretend to be busy but my heart was racing with speed.
I’m waiting for a perfect time, when Ireti will be asleep, I want to dig and find out who is really “Papi”
I’m so curious right now.
Ireti came to me that night but I told her I was very busy with work which I needed to summit the next day.
” What kind of work is more important than me? I would have stayed back with Papi who wanted to take me for shopping instead of coming here. Benefits of being an only daughter and only child, my Papi does everything for me. Mart, will you still give me the money you promise me and also my car, I told you I need to change it. Since I cancelled my shopping spree with Papi just to be with you, Mart, you will refund back the shopping money that Papi supposed to give me. right…?
I usually give money to Ireti every week which I count as nothing because she is my woman and i needed to take care of her.
I sometimes transfer money for both her car maintenance and for shopping. I can’t buy a new car for her now as she’s been requesting. Is not in my budget and is unreasonable to even consider such unnecessary expenses but I will give her the money for shopping if that will make her happy.
But that’s not even what’s heavily seating on my heart.
All I’m after is to get hold of her phone.
Since I know the method of how to unlock it.
Ireti later went to bed, clinching her phone so close to her.
She was chatting and I kept looking over to know when she will sleep.
I stood and walk to the kitchen. I made some hot coffee for myself and sat on the dining. Gradually siping it quietly and trying to calm my nerves. The coffee will make me remain awake for most part of the night.
After sometime I returned to the room and Ireti was still awake. Talking and laughing over the phone.
I began to wonder if she knew my plans and decided to remain awake.
I grind my teeth and went back to the sitting room.
I turned on the TV, one of Sandra’s best stations that I have come to enjoy.
A romantic movie was showing, and when it got to the Kissin part, I began to imagine what Sandra will do
I looked over at where she sits most time and started wishing she was here with me.
I flashed back to the day I kissed her, the test of her lips, her soft warm skin, the fierce look in her eyes.
I remembered the day I try to impress her by cooking dinner, I gave her some to test and she smiled and said ” so delicious” licking up her lips. Her laughter still echoes in my head. It was a beautiful moments.
I wondered where she maybe and what she could be doing at that moment. “is she with Jeff or Sleeping? maybe praying, or even talking over the phone… what could she be doing and where exactly is she?
I don’t know why I can’t seem to forget her. It’s so hard and I don’t really want to forget, I cherished the good moment we shared and wish it was more.
I gasped out, place my head on the throw pillow and went into a deeper thought.
” What if Sandra was innocent, what if she was really saying the truth but was unjustly accused? Can Ireti do such a thing…why did Papi sent such message to her?
Oh my God… I wish the aquarium was taken and my burgundy shoe was left untouched. I wish both my aquarium and my shoe had not not disappeared. Everything would have been normal, Sandra wouldn’t be gone, she would have still be here. I will be coming home everyday to her smiling face and delicious aroma. I would have been sleeping by now and not sitting here with a troubled heart and waiting for Ireti to sleep so that I will know why Papi send her such message.
What if he wanted to send the message to his lover and mistakenly sent it to his daughter…to Ireti’s phone.
I was too curious to find out.
My head began to ache. I stood and went back into the room.
Ireti has finally fallen asleep but I did not see her phone.
I scanned round the room but saw nothing.
I gently pushed her to another side of the bed, I thought she maybe lying down on the phone but it was not there.
I felt so broken, where could it be?
I searched, when I couldn’t find it I forced myself to sleep.
The following day, the phone was in my mind. I won’t rest until I get to the end of this.
I chose to stay home instead of going to work.
Ireti wanted go back to her place but I told her to stay with the promise to give her more money for shopping.
I ordered different food and drinks, drove out and bought a strong sleeping drug from a pharmacy.
I added it in the alcohol, the juice and water that she will likely take. She drank the alcohol first, I also took mine in a cup and pretend to be drinking it.
Ireti gulped it down and demanded for water to drink and I brought the table water that I mixed with the drug.
I brought it out from the fridge, shake it and poured it into a cup. I gave it to her and watch her in silent drank half of the cup of water.
She ate and later complained of feeling sleepy.
Ireti went to bed, all this while I was monitoring her phone.
She threw her phone under her pillow case, placed her head on it and slept off.
Now, I know why I couldn’t find the phone the previous night. She usually secures it.
After I was sure the drug has taken full effect and Ireti was in deep sleep, I gently moved her head away from the pillow. I removed the phone from the pillow case, took her hands and started using her finger print.
She shakes, made a sound and change positions.
I started all over again, took every of her finger print on the phone. Just the same way I see her do it.
The phone suddenly unlocked. I gasped out in relief before leaving the room to the parlour. I took a seat, gave another deep breath and started digging like an ultimate search.
My target was in finding out who Papi is, so when I opened her phone, I went straight to the message with Papi and it was indeed filled with unbelievable shock.
Dirty messages, her nudes, complete nakedness was usually sent to Papi, she even sent one yesterday to him while she was in my house, she snapped her naked self in my bathroom and sent to him.
I came face to face with a big realisation that Papi is not her dad as she made me believe. Papi is her elderly man friend, he is the main man and I was her side cock.
It was like a terrible night mare. so unbelievable.
She took pictures of my aquarium and sent to Papi, asking him if he likes it because she planned buying it for his birthday. The foolish Papi was excited and showered her with praises.
I saw my burgundy shoe on his dirty, ugly legs, he even wore it for his birthday. Party
I almost screamed out that night, I felt like killing her and killing myself too.
The truth have been staring right back at my face, the truth was so glaring but I was too foolish to know.
I felt crazy and began to laugh like a mad man.
I needed to scream to keep my nerves together.
I screamed and kept screaming, forgetting the time of the night.
that was the only thing I could do to released the anger of not strangling Ireti to death that night.
Musa came rushing up to the house. He knocked on the door, before going through the window to talk to me.
I was sitting on the ground, sobbing in silent
” Oga… Oga, Na your shout wake me up from where I dey sleep. I carry my dagger for hand. Wetin dey happened? no fear Oga, anybody wey wan kill you I go Killam first. I be correct soldier, nothing dey happen…I dey here.
I ignored Musa and remain seated, pulling at my bears, biting my lips and trying to keep my emotions in order.
I thought of how I humiliated and accused Sandra, I thought of what Ireti did to her and I did nothing. I hate myself even more.
All the memory of Ireti mentioning and admiring my burgundy shoe and aquarium and I never read meaning to all her obsession because I thought her family are rich enough to acquire all that.
She loved my burgundy shoe far more than me and has wanted it long before she took it. She snapped it and made a fake one even after warning me to becareful of exposing it much to the public eyes. She Replaced my shoe with the fake one. Ireti was a real criminal and I was indeed gullible as Sandra had said.
Why did I Judge Sandra so harshly, why did I let a good girl go and kept the evil one.
Why… just why did I allow myself to fall victim to such scam.
I couldn’t explain my pain through words as I cry like a child. I wanted to be a man but tears crowded my eyes and I gave way for it to pour down while still sitting on the ground.
My parents, whom I always wanted to make proud will be so disappointed in me if they were here.
Ireti woke up late the following morning and I was still where I was all through the night.
The only difference is that I made a call and some men were outside, waiting for her because I asked them to wait until she wakes up.
I wanted to give her time to sleep to her satisfaction because that will be her last in my house.
” Hey Mart, why did I slept off like that? Well, I guess I drank too much alcohol. did you see my phone, whaat…
She saw her phone and rush to it but I held it.
I have already changed the settings on the phone and it does not require her finger print to unlock anymore.
” How dare you take my phone, give me back my phone this minute… you have no right to touch my personal stuff. How did you unlock it? Mart….??
My face was still down I was holding her phone and I guess she was troubled because she doesn’t know how much information I have on her through her phone.
I swiped her phone to her bewilderment and brought up the picture of my aquarium, also pictures of Papi putting his wrinkled ugly legs in my original burgundy shoe. I opened different pictures of her nakedness which she usually send to “Papi”. I kept waving it to the air in a funny way without saying a word even though all I wanted was to scream down the roof
I couldn’t even look up at her evil face because I may do and hurt her beyond repair.
” Mart… I’m sorry, I can explain… please, I love you… let me explain. I’m sorry… give me a chance to explain please…
I turned to her with a sarcastic smile and said.
” Alright baby I will, but you will have to explain with a torture in jail until my aquarium is returned back and you must pay dearly for my burgundy shoes because it appears your so called”Papi” loves the shoe and I don’t want it back. You will explain better to the police my pretty Ireti. Oh yeah, The police are actually outside since 5am. Waiting for you to wake up…
I took my phone and called the men in black to come inside because the witch has awakened.
And in no time, three police men filled my house.
Ireti started screaming in fear immediately she saw the police.
” Mart you can’t do this to me, no… you can’t. I thought you said you love me… please my love don’t allow them to take me away. Mart… Martin… please let me explain. I will do anything you want , anything you want me to do I will. Please don’t allow them take me away. I’m begging you… please.
She went on her knees and began to cry.
” Don’t cry yet. Reserve the tears for your upcoming torture. Ireti, you will have alot of crying to do, so reserve your plead and tears for that time to come. this is not the time for it baby. I will also love to meet this “Papi” of yours and truly know why…I mean why you did this to me. Ireti, You came for the wrong meat and the born will hook in your throat for a very long time. I will personally makes sure of that.
I turned to the police
” please take her away. do whatever you want with her but I want my aquarium back and she must pay for my burgundy shoe that she gift out to her Papi. Everything she has must be ceased, her Papi must be arrested because he is an accomplice. Let me know if you will be needing anything because I’m on this case for real…
Ireti, the drama queen started rolling on the ground tearing up her clothes. She was shouting and preventing the men from arresting her.
I went inside grabbed another clothes and threw at her.
If after she finish tearing up the cloth on her she will see another one to cover her cheap nakedness. I was kind enough to give her a spare cloth. She will be needing it anyway.
They pinned her struggling body down on the ground as she tries to resist arrest.
I watched as they handcuffed her and whisked her away.
She kept screaming, crying loudly and kept pleading but this was the beginning of hell for Ireti.
Ireti messed up my life and did not only shatter my emotions and stole from me, she also made me to hurt the only girl I cherished so much.
I don’t even know where Sandra is or how to find her.
Her number isn’t going.
I’m going crazy here.
Ireti finished me up. Her hurt eat deep into me and I began to wish is all a bad dream.
If Ireti stabbed me openly I would have seen my physical wounds and sort ways to nurse it.
But this wound is internal and I don’t know if I will ever recover from this hurt and pain that have come to take a dwelling in my heart.
I don’t know if I will ever get over it.
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