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Tope catwalked to their table,…. She was surprised to see Richard and Angela together,…. Angela on seeing her stood up and hugged her,…
“How’re you doing Tope,.. You look fabulous “Angela greeted her
” you too,.. So what are you doing in Asaba? “she asked wondering what they came to do in Asaba
Richard just waved at her
” i wasnt feeling too good, so he brought me here to see a doctor and also register for my ante natal care,…. ”
” Hmmmmm, Richard did? ”
” Yes,… Infact he’s more than a friend to me,…. He has really done alot for me,…. ”
” eeeenheeee,.. Richard, thank you oooo “Tope said eyeing him from behind
” Richard pls meet Tope, my best friend,… “Angela introduced them
” There’s no need for the introduction, i’ve met her before,… She’s really your best friend indeed”he said giving Tope a stern look
“Can i join you guys?,… ”
” I’m sorry, we were on our way out before you came,.. “Richard said calling the waiter to clear their bill,…… After clearing his bill,… He went to Angela and helped her stand,…. They walked hand in hand out of the restaurant,…. Tope followed them behind,….. Richard opened the front door for Angela and she entered,….. He entered too and ignited the car,.. Tope moved to the passenger’s side to open the door only to find it locked,…. She gave Richard a sign, signaling him to open the door for,….. Richard wined down his glass ,……
“I believe you came for something important before you met us,….. We don’t want to bother you or disorganize your plans .. You can go back into the restaurant and continue with what you came for,… You’ll see your friend some other time,….. “he told Tope
Tope looked at him angrily,…
” But,….. I… ”
” So have a nice day”he said cutting her short and driving out of the premises,….. Angela was waving at Tope,… Tope was lost in her thought,.. She waved back at her and walked back into the restaurant,……
Richard stopped infront of an exotic shop, where children’s wears and toys are sold,…..
“I’m so sorry for stressing you today my dear,…. I’ll drive you home immediately we finish shopping,…. “Richard told Angela as they made their way into the shop
” I’m ok,… I can manage”she replied him
Richard bought a lot of things for her baby,….. It was getting late,… He cut short their shopping and promised to bring her back to complete their shopping,….
Angela was all smiles as she watched him arrange all they bought in his car,… She was thankful,… After their shopping he drove her home,……….
“Tope,.. You won’t seize to amaze me,… You mean you would’ve abandoned your date and follow the two love birds to wherever they were going to? “her friend Kemi asked her
” What stupid date are you talking about?,…. What does that guy have to offer,….. Seems you dont know Richard Johnson,…. I almost got him, if not for that girl’s return? ”
” Tope!!!!!, are you referring to Angela as that girl?,… I’m surprised at your sudden change,….. Why are you doing this?,…. You used to love this girl,…. You shared all you had with her,… You were more like sisters,.. You threw away everything you shared because of a man?,……. I’m disappointed with you,….. “kemi said in annoyance
” I loved her, i did everything for her,.. This is the only man i’ve loved all my life,… I loved him before Angela introduced him to me,…. I did my best to get his attention but he went for Angela,… When Angela disappeared, i broke up with my boyfriend just to be with him,…. Just look at me,… Cant you see how much i love that guy,… Oh gosh!!!, he’s so handsome,…. I wanted to follow them around to be sure they won’t do anything stupid,… ”
” You better stop dreaming,… Everyone knows how much he loves Angela,…. Have you forgotten how you never supported their relationship?,…. I thought you never liked the guy,….. “Kemi asked
” I did all that out of jealousy,… I want Richard,…. ”
” You’re funny,…. You’re dying for a man that is expecting his baby from a girl he loves so much,….. Dont you think you’re fighting a lost battle?,….. ”
” Lost battle?,….. Never? ”
” Tope pls stop,….. I know you cant hurt a fly,… Why are you giving devil the chance to use you,….. You should be praying for your friend and her lover to amend their relationship,…. You told me all she passed through,… Dont you think she has suffered enough?,… Cant you just leave her alone to enjoy her relationship,….. ”
” Kemi, i blame myself for involving you in an issue that is not your business,…. I’m now a villain,….. You now see me as a bad girl just because i’m fighting for my man,….. ”
” He was never your man and he ‘ll never be your man,…. ”
” Dont underestimate what i’m capable of doing,….. ”
” Just look at how you’re sweating over a man,a man who doesn’t want to see you,…. Imagine the way he jilted you infront of the Restaurant ,…. Or have you forgotten how he abandoned you outside his house, or how he nearly beat the hell out of you in the hospital,… You better think about your actions,….. “kemi advised her
” Kemi,pls i want to be left alone,… I’ll talk to you later,… I need to rest”
“Take all the rest in the world,… Think about your life,…. Pray that your friend regains her memory,…… “kemi said closing the door behind her
The last statement made her smile,……
” I forgot she still doesn’t remember who Richard is,.. I’ll pay her a surprise visit,.but wait oooo, how did Richard manage to convince Angela to follow him to the hospital …i’ll find out. “she said to herself,
She felt relieved, at least she hasnt lost the battle yet,…..
Mrs Johnson returned late at night and refused to eat, she locked herself in the room sulking,….. The governor was in a meeting and she didnt see him,… She came back home disappointed,…. Her secretary confirmed the accountant’s theft,.a lot of problem on her head… She helped herself with a glass of whisky,…. She prepared a warm bath for herself, she filled her bath tub to the brim,…. She relaxed in the warm water sipping her drink and thinking of her life,……
“Is this Nemesis or what?,….. After all i suffered to attain this position in life,…. Was i being greedy?,…. My husband provided me with all i needed in my life but i wanted to be in charge, i wanted a name for my self,….What am i going to do now,… I dont have a child of my own,Vanessa has stopped picking my calls,….. I cant just sit and watch my world crumble,…… I need to go to Accra and meet Vanessa,….. My friend in Accra will help me locate her,….. I dont even know where Angela is,…….. I caused my downfall, i should ‘ve been more careful,… Richard and his sister must pay for this,……. “she thought to herself,….. She spent hours in the bathroom before coming out,……
She wore her night wear,. Relaxed on her bed and called her friend in Accra who promised to help her find Vanessa,….. She planned to leave for Accra in few days time,……….
Richard got home tired,…. He was happy with the scan result,…. He thought of how to take care of Angela and their baby,… If only she would agree to marry him,… He wants his child to be a legitimate child,.. He was confused on what to do,…. He remembered what the doctor told him about his step mother’s hotel been sealed,…. He decided to pay her a surprise visit in her office the next day,.. He called Desmond and told him about the scan result,…. He promised to visit Desmond the next day in his office,……
Richard was happy his plans are going accordingly,.. He wished everything will return to normal , he cant stand watching his girlfriend and baby suffer in the village,…….
Before he slept, he sent a text message to Angela asking her how she and the baby are doing,….. He wished she was right there with him, so that he would watch her sleep peacefully just the way he used to do…….