I swung the front door open and raced down the lane. It wasn’t about my wet hair dangling around my neck, or my white bathrobe or the slippers. I hadn’t thought about it for a second. Tola was in danger thanks to our negligence and maybe my David was too.
The roads were blocked. Estate security was on the patrol, I looked ahead as people gathered, chattering almost indistinctly. I caught glance of Tola’s Range Rover as I approached the police mark. “Let me through.” I shouted as I started to push them away from their clusters. Some pushed back and I was partially sandwiched as I tried to get through the crowd to the siren lights that beamed ahead, I couldn’t see a thing but I had seen Tola’s car afar off. “Tola!” I shouted as I pushed. “Out of my way!” I screamed.
I pushed myself through the last line and jumped out of the crowd – I almost stumbled as I saw a security man. “What’s going on? Where’s Tola?”
He panted. “She was just taken down that way”, he pointed. “The last hospital before the creek.”
I took a deep breath and turned left as directed. It was so dark and annoyingly sandy on the road which actually led to the creek. I walked as fast as I could in the dark as different thoughts ran through my mind. I saw a red light blinking ahead and quickly hurried on towards it. They became two, they blinked simultaneously. I gasped and smiled. My luck! Something or someone would direct me to the hospital. I smiled to myself but something made me stop dead in my tracks; there were many red lights now and they weren’t blinking simultaneously as before, but in a beautiful sequence, almost as if they were being set there on purpose. I shook the thought from my head. “Who would want to do such a thing in a place like this?” I walked on slowly and approached the beautiful red buds of lights. They were tiny but beautiful. I tried to look around in the now semi-red-dark environment and couldn’t really make out anything out.
I advanced and immediately stepped back as the sand started to glow. “What’s going on?” I said. The glow turned into letterings that came out one after the other. I blinked as I read:
KIMBERLY, WILL YOU MARRY ME?
I gasped as I read it again. I looked up and saw David before me on one knee as he lifted a red tiffany box with a diamond ring in it. “Kim, please would you marry me?” he asked with an eyebrow raised.
I smiled as I bit my lips. Cold chills ran through my body and I could feel goose bumps all over my body, the cool sea breeze also contributed to it, but it was more because of this special moment. He blinked nervously as he stared at me with a smile. I looked up to the heavens and thanked God and then looked down at him. “Yes.” I said softly.
“Yes? Is that a yes?”
I nodded excitedly and screamed. “Yes!!!”
He chuckled as he slipped the ring onto my finger. “I love you.” he said, softly.
“And I love you.” I replied and smiled as he kissed my hand.
He rose to his feet and pulled me closer for a kiss. “Can we stay like this forever?” He asked as he pulled away for a second to wrap his arms around me.
“I’d love to.” I replied. “Except that I am in my bathrobe.”
“I like you in your bathrobe.” He replied and kissed my forehead.
I scoffed. “Where are those losers?”
“I don’t know what you are talking about.” He replied.
“Tola and Ini? Car accident?”
He giggled. “Oh well…you fell for it, didn’t you?” he asked as he whisked me up into his arms. “Dear future wife, I won’t be able to carry you like this when you are all preggy.”
“Really?” I scoffed. “It’s for better or worse, David, I’ll advise you to go gain a few more pounds.”
He smiled and stopped right in front of the lake. He dropped me kindly on the cloth he must have spread there earlier and took his seat beside me. He fetched a bottle of wine and two glasses from a picnic bag and filled my glass first. “Here you go.”
“Thank you.” I said, collecting the glass. I sipped carefully and placed my head on his shoulder.
“Are you really going to marry me, Kimberly?” he asked.
I rolled my eyes with a smile. “Unh uh…”
“Oh God…I am so blessed.” He said and slid down slowly so that I’d rest my head on his chest. “We’ll be here together.”
I nodded. “Of course…except that you have clothes, and I don’t.” I grinned.
“You have me.” he replied with a smile.
I stared at him with a smile. “Really?” I asked teasingly.
He blinked with a smile. “Yeah…now…and forever.”
3 weeks after…
Mirabel pushed the door open. “Henry, if you continue like this, we are really going to be having troubles.”
“Babe, give me five minutes.”
She snapped. “I have been giving you five minutes for the past thirty minutes.” She replied angrily. “You were late for convocation, God knows what else you’ll be late for.”
“My burial?” he replied with a grin.
She scoffed ad stared at the mirror. “Henry! I don’t like that tie and you know it.” She said and walked over to the drawers and pulled out a purple tie. “This is much better.” She added dangling it before him.
He grumbled and took off the old tie.
and left for my room. Some of us had to sleep.
**“Ini! Baby is crying!” Marcus shouted as he adjusted his bow tie. “Ini!!!”
Ini hurried into the bedroom. “Marcus, she just wants a change of diapers. Can’t you do that?”
“Me? No way! You do it?”
She scoffed. “Why?” she asked as she tilted her aside and started to remove the old diapers. “Thank God your mom is coming over this evening.”
He nodded. “She should be here soon. She knows we have to go out.” He said as he adjusted his cufflinks. “Babe, when are you going to move in here with me permanently?”
She eyeballed him. “Are we married?”
“Bu…but, I’ll propose to you eventually, do you know how many couples live together without getting married?”
She nodded. “Not interested.” She said as she finished with the baby’s diapers. “Let’s hurry or we’ll be late.”
“You are the busy one. I am ready.” He replied with a grin as he adjusted his collar.
“Thank you, Tola.” I said as she helped me with my necklace. “The guys should be here soon.” I said, staring at the clock.
She nodded as she applied her lip gloss. “I hope this gown isn’t too short for the ceremony.”
I stared at her. “It’s perfect.”
She nodded. “Ini should be coming in tomorrow, right?”
“I think so. We need to plan the take off quickly.”
She nodded with a sad face. “I’ll miss this place.”
“Me too…but I will gladly swap it for David’s arm in the cold.”
She sneered. “Na so… Let’s wait and see.”
I hissed and picked up my phone and we started taking pictures while we waited for the guys.
David held my hand as we walked into Liz Art Gallery. I smiled as Oyinkan approached us. “Hi guys!!!” she said with a smile and pecked me. “You guys look so cute together.”
“Thanks, couz.” David replied. “What about Ben?”
She raised an eyebrow. “Ben? How would I know?”
“Ta-da!!!” Ben said as he slid behind us. “Oyinkan, I have been looking for you since like forever.”
“Later guys.” She said and excused herself.
Ben smiled at us. “Gotta go.” He said and followed her.
“David, let’s go see the paintings on the other side.” I said, pulling him along.
Elizabeth welcomed some intending customers as she walked along with them.
“Elizabeth!”, someone shouted.
She turned to see Niran and his wife, Olamide. “Hello…” she said coolly and hugged Olamide Briggs. “How are you, Olamide?”
Olamide smiled. “It’s been a while, It’s so nice to see you.”
Niran stretched out his hand out for a handshake and Elizabeth took it coolly. “Fantastic gallery you have here.”
“Thank you.” she replied.
He nodded. “We’ll be looking around.” He said as he walked ahead with Olamide.
“I like this painting.” I said as I touched a painting. “It’s so lovely, it says so much about love.”
He pulled me slightly into his grip. “Don’t I say all about love?” he asked with a smile.
I shook my head smiling. “NO…I love the painting.”
“Oh then…you are gonna be getting married to me.” he said as he planted a kiss on my mouth.
I giggled softly. “David…”
I adjusted his tie. “I’ll marry the painting.”
He giggled. “I see… In that case, I’ll buy the painting, put it in my room, and that’s where you’ll be.” He replied.
I smiled. “Am I lucky to be marrying you?”
“No. You are blessed.”
I nodded and rolled his tie playfully.
The bright lights went off and were replaced by dim emergency lights.
“Everyone please come to the centre!!!” Security beckoned through the voice over.
David pulled my hand and we walked back to the centre. Tola and Wole joined us. “What’s going on?” Wole asked.
“I don’t know.” I replied as I held David’s hand.
Ini hurried to join us. “Do you think there’s a problem?” she asked. “Maybe David’s father came here to haunt us?”
We all hissed as we stared around thinking of the possibility. Ini gasped. “Where’s Marcus?”
The lights came on immediately and Marcus was standing on the podium with a microphone in his hand. “What is that idiot doing there?” Ini asked.
Marcus cleared his throat. “Hello everyone! Sorry for that hitch, but, I need to have all your attention. I am in love with the best woman on this earth.” The ‘Awww’ floated. “She is over there. She is Ini Obong.” The lights beamed on Ini. She smiled lightly and then eyed Marcus. “Ini…” he started as he walked towards her. “Ini, I love you so much, you are my life.” He said. He then got down on one knee and raised a ring box before her. “Please marry me.”
“That was some proposal by Marcus.” I said as I closed the door after Tola and Ini.
“YES!!!!!!!!!!” She screamed and jumped into the sofa. “I join the league of soon to be married women! Yaaaaaayyyyyyyy” she shouted as she stared at her ring. “This is so beautiful.”
Tola jabbed me lightly and I knew she was about to say something offensive or funny. “How much did you buy the ring, Ini?”
Ini frowned. “What do you mean, Tola?”
“Just saying.”Tola replied with a grin.
I giggled. “Congratulations, sweetheart.” I said as I took my seat on the sofa. Tola and Ini joined me. “We are so blessed, right?”
“Of course…I have got the best man in Marcus.” Ini replied. “He even staged a show. “I should have said no.” she replied, giggling.
I smiled as I wrapped my hand around them. “It’s time to plan the yard sale for this place.”
Tola nodded. “I’ll miss my bedroom.” She said as she wiped a fake tear from her face.
“I’ll miss the kitchen.” Ini said.
Tola and I hissed. “Like you ever cooked.” I replied.
“It’s not like I have a choice anymore, I have a baby to cater to.”
I nodded. “Yes, and a chef for a husband. Marcus is a genius in the kitchen, you shouldn’t be bothered.”
“I think we should call the boys to help us with the yard sale.” Tola suggested. “And our kid brother too.”
Ini yawned. “Henry, right? He was all over Mirabel, is he dating Wole’s sister?”
“LASTMA, yes.”Tola replied. She then swerved in my direction. “And Ben Ten likes Oyinkan, unh?”
I nodded with a smile. “Seems so.”
Ini hissed. “See this thief o! Do you want to keep Ben as a spare?”
“I haven’t said anything like that.” I replied.
Ini sighed. “You don’t have to, now, in other important news, I would move in with Marcus after the yard sale.”
“When did you decide that?” Tola asked.
She shrugged. “What’s left?”
“The wedding, durr!”Tola replied.
She scoffed. “Tell me you are not itching to move in with Wole.”
“There will be time for all what you are thinking later.” Tola replied.
Ini stuck her tongue out. “Whatever.”
I left them to their banter.
2 months gone…
“Oga, you get visitor.” The warder said and opened Tunji’s cell.
Tunji stretched his muscles and slipped into his slippers and followed the warder. He dragged his leg painfully after the officer. He had been welcome to the Maximum security prison in grand style by his cellmates’ months ago, even though they were all friendly now, the scars wouldn’t leave.
“Oga Tunji!!!” Some inmates hailed as he walked by.
He waved back as he walked on after the warder.
“Ten minutes.” The warder said and walked away.
Tunji took his seat before his lawyer. “How are you holding up, sir?”
“I am healthy. I have a class with some inmates by 3pm, so make it fast. Any update on Bolu?”
The Lawyer nodded. “Yes, the judge has said that he is sentenced to life imprisonment on recovery.”
“If he recovers…” Tunji added.
The Lawyer nodded. “The chances of his recovery are however slim. “The Doctors say he has a severe case of insanity and are not sure if he would ever be sane again.”
Tunji took a deep breath and looked up. “Thank you Lord.”
The Lawyer stared at him. “Why are you thanking God?”
“He kept me sane.” He replied with a bleak smile. “How is Kimberly?”
The Lawyer smiled. “She would be getting married next weekend.”
Tunji’s face fell. “I won’t even see my daughter marry. I deserve it anyway.”
“Don’t be so sure.” The Lawyer replied.
Tunji stared at him. “What do you mean?”
I pushed the door open slightly and stared at Dad. “Hi…” I said as I waved. David walked in after me. The Lawyer stared at Dad with a smile.
Dad blinked pitifully. “How are you?”
I ran to him and hugged him. “Daddy…”
“My girl…I am so proud of you.” he said as he stroked my hair. He then kissed my forehead. “I am so happy for you.”
David stepped forward and bowed. “Good day sir.”
Dad took a deep breath. “David, I am sorry about your father.”
David smiled faintly. “You shouldn’t be. He’s getting what he deserves.”
Dad nodded and stared in my direction. “Congratulations to you…” he paused and stared at David. “You too, son.”
David nodded and handed the Invitation Card to Dad with a bow. “Sir, you are invited to our wedding.” Dad gasped as he collected the Invitation Card. A tear drop rolled down his eyes.
“Dad, would you also walk me down the aisle?” I asked as the lawyer brought out Dad’s permit with a smile.
Dad bowed his head. “This is too much for me.” he said as he wiped his face. “Do I deserve this?”
I smiled and hugged him. “You are my Dad, now and forever…”
“Left! Left! Left! Right! Right! Right! Forward March! One-Two” Bolu chanted as he led the other patients round the block. “Tunji, lead the other men! Oya!!!” The patient moved haphazardly after Bolu as he led them round the blocks.
Dr. Obinna shook his head pitifully. “He gets along with the others pretty fast, doesn’t he?”
“For a while.”
Dr. Obinna stared at his colleague. “What do you mean?”
“Watch and see.”
Bolu jumped up and crashed on the floor. The other patients surrounded him and started to hit him violently.
“Ah…Cane!!! Cane them all.” Dr. Obinna shouted as the other Doctors rushed towards all the patients lashing them hard till they released Bolu who sprawled in his own blood.
Bolu laughed painfully as he wiped some tears from his face. He took some of the blood and rubbed his forehead with it. “Am I a fine boy?” he asked laughing. “Get my suit, Get my tie! I am late for work. David mustn’t resume there! Oya! oya!! oya!!! Hurry up you loafers.”
Dr. Obinna shook his head sadly. “Tie him up.”
“Sir, he gets worse when we tie him up.”
“Yes sir…he starts fighting hard and almost breaks the binds.”
Dr. Obinna nodded. “Increase his strokes, then sedate him. I know he doesn’t respond to the double doses anymore, make it triple, add anything that would instill more pain, let’s see where we get with this.”
His colleague nodded and beckoned for support as they approached Bolu who smiled at them. “Hey…Calm down, Calm down…”
“Oyinkan, thank you so much for everything, my marriage has improved over the last months.”
Oyinkan smiled. “You are welcome, Mrs. Madu. All you have to do now is make things better for the family, spend more time with your husband and kids than with your friends, they are single and can’t really offer you the best advice.”
Mrs. Madu nodded. “Thank you so much.” She replied as she slipped a cheque on the table. “Thank you so much.”
“Oh…you have to pay to the attendant outside.” Oyinkan replied
Mrs. Madu smiled. “I have done that, this is an extra showing how grateful I am.”
Oyinkan smiled. ‘Thanks a lot, I am really grateful.”
Mrs. Madu nodded and walked out. Ben walked in almost immediately with a bouquet of flowers. “Happy Anniversary, Baby.”
She smiled as she collected the flowers from him. “Happy Anniversary.” She replied as they kissed. “They are beautiful, thank you, Ben.” She said as she placed them carefully on her table. “I got a tip today.” She said, flaunting the cheque.
He smiled. “Nice, when don’t you ever get a tip? People love your job.”
“You never pay for your sessions.” She replied.
He nodded. “I am having them with you, why should I pay?”
“Encourage my job, pay me.”
He smiled. “I’ll do that in due season.”
She nodded. “We’ll see, how’s Millaroca?”
“Well…Editor-in-Chief is doing fine.”
She gasped with a smile. “What? You got a promotion.”
He nodded with a smile. “Yep! That’s me, baby.”
“Congratulations.” She replied as she walked over to him. She sat on the table with her legs crossed. “So, do we drink to that?”
He nodded with a sensual smile. “Most definitely.”
“Henry, what do you think about my fashion house?”
Henry dropped his game pad. “I think it is a fantastic idea, you are too arrogant to work for anyone.”
Mirabel winked. “I’ll take that as a compliment.” She replied and sat beside him. “Henry, are you not nervous about work? You are gonna be teaching kids.” She grinned.
He scoffed. “It’s not so bad you know.” He blinked. “And it’s just for a year, and then the Youth service would be over.”
She nodded. “Anyway, I have to be on my way, don’t come late for the yard sale tomorrow.”
“Of course not, I am helping out. I’ll walk you home.”
She smiled. “Thank you.”
I adjusted the video camera in our almost empty living room. I rubbed my hand against my jeans as I stared at our house…well, almost not anymore, the yard sale was due in the next thirty minutes, but pending the time, we could use some moments alone.
Tola walked in with Ini. “Ready?” she asked.
I nodded. “The guys are outside?”
Ini smiled. “Making friends.”
Marcus jumped on the sofa. “I should buy this sofa.”
Wole stared at him. “You wan die?” he asked in pidgin English.
David smiled. “Ini would have your head.”
“That babe is a handful but I love her anyway.”
Henry scoffed. “We all love her.”
Marcus eyeballed him. “Who asked for your opinion, son?”
Henry popped his collar. “Easy guys, you need me else none of my sisters would be with any of you.”
“Really?” David asked.
Henry nodded and stared to whistle with a smile.
“My name is Ini Obong.” Ini started. Tola and I giggled. She then swung at us. “Stop it.” Tola and I stopped giggling but we managed to pull faces at her. “Okay, whatever…I am Ini. Model, hottest of the three, when you see the other two, you’ll understand. However I am a mother too early, my baby is a beautiful girl, I hope I can be a great mother too. Oh well…I am not gonna be a model anymore, maybe in the next two years, I need to take care of my baby.” She paused and smiled. “Marcus is the man I am gonna marry, my ever invisible best friend turned out to be the love of my life.” She said and paused to blink. I smiled and Tola gave the ‘Awww’…we then giggled. “My own life lesson, never thought I would be a wife, not to talk of a mother, never saw myself as the perfect fit for anyone, but today, I can say I am on my way to being that woman you want.” She said with a huge smile. “Or not.” She concluded.
Ini smiled as she came to us. “That’s mine. Tola, you are next!”
“Me? Why not Kimberly?”Tola asked.
Ini scoffed. “Oh come on, you are next and that’s that. Why does everything have to be a big deal with you?”
Tola rolled her eyes and took her seat before the camera. “My name is Tola Matthews, I work in Real Estate, and contrary to Ini’s opinion of her having the nicest body among the three of us, I say no. you see…I actually have Omotola Jalade’s shape, yes, seriously, well not exactly…but almost, just a little more work…work in progress.” Ini and I giggled. She flipped her hair over shoulder and continued. “My life has not been really perfect, and my biggest imperfection was holding on to nothing.” She said and took a deep breath. “A reserved apology to Tolu’s future wife if he ever gets married, but, Tolu was my biggest mistake, sometimes we have to always let go and let the right man in. By the way, the next time you slash my car tyre Wole, you are getting me the latest ride in town…Ahan! What kind of man are you? Na to dey slash tyre you sabi and bring toothpaste and toothbrush as Breakfast in bed for person! Anyway, I love you with my life, not like I have a choice; you are my life, Wole.” She said with a smile. “Wole gave me a reason to smile, a reason to live and a reason to love, he became the reason and that’s why life won’t be life without you, Wole.” She said and took a deep breath. “Life lesson?” she asked and stared at Ini. “Why did you even say that nonsense?”She asked. Ini shrugged. Tola swirled back before the camera. “Okay, Life lesson, if you have a Tolu Scott in your life, please throw him out, no lady deserves such a man. Gracias!”
Tola curtsied as she approached us. “Madam, it’s your turn.” She said staring at me.
I took a deep breath. “I already recorded mine.”
“What?!” they shouted and pounced on me.
I screamed out.
Dear Future Husband,
I am just a young girl with life, love and more love for you . I was already married to you before I met you. (Our Fathers’ wish) but, looking back at their decision, I am glad they brought us together :-). David, I could never imagine my life with anyone else but you. I met Ben, but, (smiles) he wasn’t it. I just knew it. I knew I would wait, I would wait for you.
I was afraid of you. I was scared of being David Coker’s wife, but I knew I didn’t have any choice then, but now, I would be scared and afraid if I was not your wife…well almost. The thought of being a mother terrifies me right now, but, I bet we would make terrific parents. I am optimistic.
David, I hope we don’t have to face storms in our marriage but even if we do, we’ll come through it all together, I hope we don’t have to fight. (Deep breath) Who am I kidding? These things happen…sometimes or always, but I hope that in every argument I find love in your eyes, in every pain or anger I can still feel our love so strong. (Smiles) I hope in every of fear we find strength to go through it all.
Mom swears that she is through with Dad, he is really sorry, but what can I say? I hope she could one day forgive him. Maybe you could talk to her on his behalf?
I hope we raise the finest kids. Kids who will fear the Lord and that would be proud of us and we would be proud of them also. (Wide grin) I hope we have a girl first. What would I call her? Hmmm….we’ll think about that later. But I’ll call our son George, I absolutely love that name. (Blows kiss)
David, I hope and pray that I never lose you, not to death, and even when we would die, we would be old, rusty and still and love. We would have our graves next to each other and who knows, God might just have our mansions close to each other in Heaven. I don’t know how it is over there, but I can’t wait to see you there too.
David, you have my heart as your home, your haven. I am not going to leave your side; I’ll be a sister, friend, wife, mother and lover. I am yours.
David, my love, I pray God blesses us and we forever stay in love.
David, I’ll love you with everything I have and everything I am, now…and forever. (Smiles)
I am Kimberly Bankole, your future wife.
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