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‘’my dear let’s just sleep. There is nothing in my head right now than to sleep’’ Cassandra breathed deeply. I smiled and kissed her with satisfaction.
‘’very well then. Lets sleep’’ I said softly, closing my eyes with great happiness and satisfaction. I slept with a very happy and relaxed mind.
I woke up the next morning to hear my door bell ringing. I lazily yawned as I got up from the bed, wondering who could be at my door so early in the day.
‘’who could it be?’’ I wondered as I made my way to the sitting room, using the opportunity to take a quick glance at my wall clock. The time read 9:20AM.
On opening the door I was shocked to see the same man I saw with Nora the previous day, looking down at me. I stared at him with disbelief , wondering if I was dreaming or not. He definitely was the last person I expected to see that Sunday morning. I just was so surprised that I couldn’t even say a word to him. Instead I weighed him with my eyes.
The gentleman was much more taller than I was. The manner and way in which he carried himself, clearly told me that he was very rich. Yes very , very rich. I just was so stunned and surprised seeing him at my door step.
‘’good morning sir. I’m so sorry for disturbing you so early in the day. Actually I came into town last night and will be traveling this evening, that’s the reason I came so early in order to meet you at home’’ he explained swiftly while I stared at him with a look of suspicion because he was yet to introduce himself.
‘’by the way,my name is Charles and I’m Nora’s cousin’’ he quickly introduced himself. I nodded , urging him to go on.
‘’well there are some things I wish to discuss with you concerning Nora and it definitely has to do with her pregnancy and it’s very serious’’ he added when he noticed that I wasn’t eager in letting him into my apartment. But as I heard the reason for his visit, I instantly grew nervous because Cassandra was in my apartment.
‘’listen mister. You cant just show up in a guy’s house so early in the day without even a phone call or invitation to discuss such issue. I’m very busy right now and we cant discuss here. Give me your card or phone number. I will call you around 12pm so that we can meet and discuss somewhere else. Hope you are cool with it?’’ I asked guardedly. He gave me a suspicious look before shrugging and fetching a business card which he gave to me.
‘’call me. Please this is important’’ he said and left.
I returned to my room , looking very worried and a bit scared. I couldn’t imagine what the gentleman wanted to discuss with me. There wasn’t any doubt that a guy like him was the type who enjoyed legal issues.
As i opened the door leading to my room, I overheard Cassandra speaking on phone, but then she was already in the process of rounding up the call and all i was able to hear were the words ”GOOD BYE DEAREST”.
However i never paid any serious attention to it because even though the words appeared affectionate in meaning, it could still be used on anyone. Moreover i was still in shock or should i say nervous over the unexpected visit Nora’s cousin just gave me.
‘’of course I thought so. He is a lawyer. How bad can things get?’’ I wondered as I read the words written in the complimentary card i was given.
‘’hope everything is okay?’’ Cassandra asked curiously as I entered the room with a grave look. I forced out a smile, hiding my fear and pretending that all was well. But then no matter how hard I tried to appear calm, fear still showed all over me. I was filled with great suspense over what Nora was planning with her cousin.
2pm saw me at the exact spot Cassandra and I spent the previous evening. I was back again at ‘’All Seasons Hotel’’ but this time around, it wasn’t for pleasure but for something I just couldn’t fathom.
You guys cant imagine how loud my heart pounded as I made my way to the young man who really insisted I show up at the hotel when I called him as i promised by 12pm.
The tone he used on me, really made me abandon Cassandra and rush over to see him. There wasn’t any doubt he could be my future nightmare.
‘’I guess you already know that I’m a lawyer but not only a lawyer but also a human right activist. You had an affair with my cousin, got her pregnant and then felt because you are in Nigeria that you can abandon her to her fate. Right?’’ he quickly asked, studying me with his intelligent eyes while I closed my fist like a guy getting ready for a fight.
To be continued