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I stared at David unable to believe what I have heard. “David, I want you to calm down.” I started. I mumbled over a few “Erm…Er…” and stared firmly at him. “You are pressurized, you don’t know what you are saying, right?”

David shook his head in disagreement. “I know what I am saying, Kimberly. I am a monster.” He paused and took a deep breath. “She is my mother.”

I ran my finger through my hair. “David, I don’t think you know what you are saying. I want you to please calm down, and let’s talk about this.”

“STOP IT, Kim! I am not stupid! Stop making me feel stupid. I know my mother.”

My eyes burned with raged. “Elizabeth’s son is dead. What are you saying?”

He took a deep breath as he panted heavily. “I told my mom that this painting was ugly.” He said. I swallowed heavily as a tear drop ran down my left eye. “I told my Dad to send her away from me, she wasn’t helping me concentrate.” He stared at me. “It’s been 12 years since I last saw her.”


He rubbed his forehead. “Kim, I regret everything. I have looked for her tirelessly, but my Dad won’t allow any contact with her.”

I shook my head. “David, how could you do that to your Mom?”

“I told you before I am not worthy of your love, I am not a good man. I am a man that’s born to rule over the weaker species, my dad always told me that” He paused and swallowed. “Just leave me alone, you don’t deserve me.” he said, and took his seat, as he stared at the painting.

I wiped the tear drop from my face and took my seat beside him. He turned his face away. I held his hand in mine. “David, I am sorry. I shouldn’t have yelled at you.”

He shook his head. “I am sorry, I am sorry for not being good enough for you.”

“You are more than enough for me.” I replied, and wrapped my hand around him. “It would be alright.”

He stared at me. “I am not sure, she must hate me.”

“She doesn’t.” I replied. “David, you were a kid.”

He scoffed and released himself gently from my grip. “Kim, don’t cover up for me. I messed up.” He stared at me. “She would never forget what I did to her.”

I nodded as I walked up to him. “David, with time, this wound will heal, you have been through a lot too.” I stroked his arm. “David, your mom would forgive you.”

“Do you forgive me?”

I smiled. “Of course, what’s there to hold against you?” I asked. “I must confess I did hate her dead son that she always referred to, but now I know better.”

He held my hand. “Kim, she even regards me as dead. What am I going to do?”

“We would talk to her.” I said, as I helped him to a chair. “But first, I want you to tell me everything I don’t know already. Let me in totally, don’t hold anything from me.”

He nodded. “Yes, I will tell you everything. Everything.”


Wole pushed the door open and it creaked slightly. He used his leg to swiftly shut the door as he slipped in the bed beside Tola with a tray. He pecked her all over her face till she woke up.

“What is it?” she asked, still very sleepy.

He took a deep breath. “Tola, it is 9 in the morning and you are still asleep.”

She sprang up from the bed and held her head. “Oh my…Work?” She hit him. “I will be late for work.”

He smiled. “It’s Saturday.”

She took a deep breath. “Good morning.” She stared at the tray with Chinas covered, she smiled. “What food is that?”

He passed the tray to her. “See for yourself.”

She opened the tray with excitement but her face soon fell as she lifted the toothbrush and paste before him. “What is this?”

“Toothbrush and Paste. To give you a sparkling clean mouth.”

She hissed. “This is offending.”

He stared at her. “Unh? I was only prompting you to the bathroom early, we have to go out.” His face fell. “It was not in my intention to embarrass you.”

She smiled. “Your sense of humour is weak, Wole.”

“Really? I thought this was funny. My mom used to do it a lot, we had so much fun while growing up, pranks and all.”

She scoffed. “Whatever.” She said, and walked into the bathroom. “Wole.” She called.


She cleaned the brush delicately. “Where are we going to?”

“To see my parents. We would be having lunch together, my kid sister just returned home from the states so we are having like a family lunch.”

She poked her head out of the bathroom. “Family Lunch?”

He nodded. “Yeah, for us all.”

“What would I be doing there?” she asked.

He shrugged. “You are my girlfriend. You should be by my side.”

She raised an eyebrow. “Sounds cheering.”

He smiled. “It is cheering.”


The door bell chimed repeatedly like it wasn’t going to stop and then thunder knocks followed. Ini dragged herself from the bed after hurling swear words to the wind. She bumped into the side table and screamed. “Oh my God…everything is going wrong today.” She complained.

The knock continued. “Enough!” she shouted as she limped to the door, she took a peek through the door hole and opened the door with fury. “What is it?”

Marcus stared at her. “It is bad enough that you are naturally selfish, but what is worse is that you go to the Police to report our crime without giving me any warning, shouldn’t I have been aware”

She eyeballed him coldly and tried to shut the door but he stuck his feet. “What do you want, Marcus?”

“This issue is very delicate. You should have consulted with me first before taking such a very harsh decision, you should have thought about me.”

She nodded. “Is that all?”

He fumed. “You can’t repent.” He shouted. “I have a daughter, how is she going to grow up without her father? You should have thought about my daughter!” he yelled.

Ini summoned all strength in her and slammed the door hard against his face. She dragged herself to the floor as tears rolled down her eyes. “I turned myself in because of you. I turned myself in. I claimed responsibility.” She muttered underneath her breath.


Wura pushed her weight against the bed as the Nurse helped her to sit up. She stared at Tunji angrily. “This must be a curse, why are you the first person that I would see after a coma?”

Tunji smiled at the Nurse indicating that she leaves. He waited until they were alone. “What is that supposed to mean, Wura?”

“You are a murderer! Why are you here? Do you want to finish me off?”

He hissed. “What you saying, Woman? I have been protecting you.”

She scoffed. “From who? From what? Is it the other animal like you? Bolu Coker? You both are the same.”

Tunji snarled. “Don’t provoke me.”

“Or else? I have seen the worst.” She pressed the bell by her bedside furiously. “You would soon be seen out.”

Tunji gasped. “Stop making me look like the villain, I didn’t prompt you to attempt suicide.”

“I wish I had died.”

The door opened and a Nurse came in. “Ma’am?”

Wura smiled. “See this man out, and I don’t want to ever see him again.”

Tunji scoffed. “You can’t stop me from coming here. You are my wife and I am responsible for you.”

“No, Tunji. We are done.”

The Nurse tapped Tunji Bankole lightly on the arm. “Excuse me, Sir. This way please.”

Tunji took a deep breath and stared at her. “My men would still be here.” He said and walked out.


I stared at my phone; it had been ringing ever since I left David’s Mansion. I had burst out of there this morning after breakfast when he completed all what he had to tell me about his former life, I couldn’t stomach it. It hurt too much. I turned off my phone and pressed the bell.

A security man opened the gate. “Good morning.”

“Is your boss in?

The security man stared at me. “And you are?”

I frowned. “Do you have a problem identifying Elite?”

The security man smiled. “Bankole, right?” he asked as he pushed the gate open.

I hissed and walked past him. I strode across the once beautiful lawn which now depicted sorrow, it’s been years since it had the glow that it once had. I made my way through the maids and staffs and walked into the room. I stared at the maid that welcomed me. “Where is he?”

“In the study.”

I walked upstairs and flung the door of the study open. I stared hard at my new worst enemy.

“I always knew you had more courage than the others. Sometimes, I wish you were my own daughter, seeing how you arrived at my gate without any caution, you must be really angry.” He stood up and motioned towards me. “Not that I didn’t see this day coming, I just didn’t know you would be so stupid as to come here alone.” He pressed the controller in his hand and the study door shut. My heart skipped a beat. “Don’t worry, it can only be opened from outside, and I don’t see anyone coming to your aid.”

“I am not scared.” I replied.

He nodded as he walked around me. “What do you want, Kimberly Bankole? I allowed those servants grant you access on purpose. Tell me, what’s your mission here?”

“You are a heartless brute.”

He nodded and took a seat. “I know, I have always known that. What’s new?”

“You killed Bola, didn’t you?”

He smiled. “She was your rival. What did you think?”

“I had no rival. I never even knew her, Sir!”

He smiled. “Still as respectful as ever. Let’s forget the sir, call me Bolu Coker.”

“Not yet. But when you become a first class inmate, I would call you by your name.”

He scoffed. “You have to live to see that day first, right?”

I took a deep breath. “I know what you made David do to his mother, which is unforgivable.”

He shook his head. “That weakling!  Sometimes I worry that his mom had too much effect on him. He told you everything?”

“Mr. Coker, why? You killed a lady with Cancer that son cared about, you threw his mom away, why?” I asked.

He nodded. “Obvious reasons, my dear. How many families are as powerful as the Cokers, Bankoles, and Briggs? We are the families that run the continent and it has to stay this way.”

I scoffed. “You make me laugh. The Cokers never had a name; you made the name from David’s mom.”

“Wrong. Yes, I took her money, but I have managed it well. See what we have made from it.”

I slammed the table. “You disgust me, Sir. You turned your own son against his mother at a very tender age, which is unfair.”

“Sweetheart, David was fifteen. That, my dear, is not a tender age. He was no saint; he suggested we take her away.”

I nodded. “That’s because he had to succumb to your will, he was only a boy then, things are different now. I would make sure that with everything in me, you pay for killing Bola and sending your wife away.” I said, and turned towards the door.

“Don’t you want to know more about your dear future husband?”

I smiled at him. “I am not a fool, sir. I won’t let you cook up stories about David, a man that kicks his wife out and turns his son against his mother is capable of anything.”

He scoffed. “Have I lied to you? I don’t lie.” He rose to his feet. “It hurts a great deal that you are going to marry a man that that you don’t know, you should wait and know the rest.” He said.

I stared at him. “Open the door, Sir.”

He shook his head in disagreement. “I am sorry, you would have to hear this.” He said, taking his seat.

*****************************************************************************************************************Niran Briggs smiled at Tola. “I must say I am very impressed with you, Tola Matthews. You are a real Woman.” He stared at his wife. “Just like my wife.”

Olamide Briggs smiled. “When Wole told us that he had found someone to settle down with, we were worried, the kid had never stayed with a woman for over a week, she has always been too this or that for him, but when I met you at the fundraiser, I knew you were different.”

“Thank you sir and Ma for welcoming me into your home.” Tola replied.

Wole smiled. “They have no choice.”

“I am just surprised that Wole is really serious.” Mirabel interrupted.

He nodded. “Of course, I am serious.” He replied, holding Tola’s hand.

She scoffed. “But it is difficult to believe you can be serious, I mean after all your escapades.”

Olamide Briggs cleared her throat. “That was a long time ago.”

Mirabel nodded. “Really?”

Niran Briggs smiled. “Why are you sounding upset Mirabel?”

She cleared her throat. “I am just surprised that Wole is looking like the perfect son here.”

“What do you have against me, Mirabel?” Wole asked, holding Tola’s hand.

She grinned. “Wole, do you really want me saying all your sh*t here?”

Niran Briggs clapped. “Mirabel, you have officially won the award for the ‘show of shame’ at this family lunch. Congratulations.” He said, drawing his chair back.

Olamide Briggs stared at her. “Why do you hate your brother so much, Mirabel?”

“I just hate people that deceive the female race. All of them, I fight against them.”

Wole slammed the table. “I have had enough, Mirabel.” He held Tola’s hand. “Tola, we are leaving.”

Mirabel smiled. “Oh Tola dear, that’s your name, right?” Tola stared at her without saying a word. “Wole has a kid in the states, has he told you?”

*****************************************************************************************************************“I don’t know why I am telling you all these. You must hate me, right?” Ini said as she sipped her drink.

Henry smiled. “I am probably the only person who can understand you.” he held her hand. “And I don’t hate you. Shola can be a real pain.”

Ini shrugged. “I should have never gone that far.”

“You probably shouldn’t, but, what can we do? The deed is done.” He replied, standing up. “What I don’t know is how we are going to force Shola into that trap. I know she loves money, she’ll continue to want money.”

Ini nodded. “But I don’t think she’ll risk jail term, we would eventually both go to jail if she decides to risk it.”

“Naija jail no dey smile oh.” Henry said.

She smiled. “I know, I just need to get prepared, I would contact my lawyers tomorrow.”

Henry nodded. “That’s okay. But why haven’t you told any of your ‘sisters’ about this?”

Ini smiled. “Tola and Wole are having a time of their life that she has moved out of the house to his, and Kimberly, hmmm…she is busy being in love with David.”

He chuckled. “I am happy for her; she deserves all the happiness and joy she can get.”

Ini smiled. “I understand. You are right.” She replied as she downed the drink. “More please…” she signaled to the waiter

“A classy woman doesn’t drink like a fish before a man.”

Ini grinned. “This woman has lost her class.” She replied and grinned. “In any way, you are a boy, Henry.”

*****************************************************************************************************************“Oyinkan, I am losing it, I don’t even know where she went to.”

Oyinkan took a deep breath. “Just calm down, David. What did you tell her?”

“Kim found my Mom and I just had to say everything to her about when I was a teenager and all.”

Oyinkan adjusted her sleeves as she scribbled down on a piece of paper. She held her phone firmly to her left ear as she passed the paper to the Engineer in the building. “I’ll see you at 6.” She said, and walked out. “David, where are you?”

“I am home. I don’t know where to go to look for her.”

She nodded. “Just stay at home. I will be right there.” She said as she dropped the phone and faced Ben. “I’ll be back here in the evening, paperwork is ready.”

“So when would the office be in full swing?”

She smiled. “Early next month.”

“That’s good news. So where do we go to celebrate?”

She shook her head in disagreement. “I won’t be going anywhere to celebrate, I have to see my cousin.”

He smiled. “That’s fine, it’s my chance to meet him.”

“I don’t know if that’s a good idea, he is really sad at the moment.”

Ben shrugged. “He is a man, Men always shake it off. I am a man, I know that.”

She smiled. “If these boomerangs?”

“It won’t happen, Men know these things.”

She shrugged. “You were so confident about how Men know so many things that I beat you silly at tennis today.”

Ben took off his sunshade. “I let you win, moreover, you have a card at the club, if you didn’t win, you won’t let me play there next week Saturday.”

“You are crazy, Ben.” Oyinkan replied, laughing.

He nodded as he walked towards the car. “So, how do I get entitled to join the elite society?”

She scoffed. “Forget it. Let’s go, do you want to drive?”

“Yah…I love this Bentley.” He replied, jumping into the front seat. “And its red too, amazing car.”

She smiled as she joined him in the car. “Ride my baby easily.”

“With all pleasure, my lady.”

Ben drove with so much joy. He was smiling throughout the ride. “I must get this ride.”

“You would need one for your honeymoon, right?”

He nodded as he took the right turn on Oyinkan’s instruction. “Exactly! Soon and very soon.”

She smiled. “Pull up at the gate.”

Ben pulled up as he screeched the tyres. “Wow! Your cousin lives here?”

She nodded. “Yah! Just hang on, I need to register with the security system.” She said, and hopped out of the car. She came back after a few minutes and the gate opened. “Okay, let’s go in.”

Ben drove in and pulled up in the garage. “Okay, here we are.” He said, taking off his sunshade.

Oyinkan pressed the doorbell. She stared at Ben. “He is a very cool guy, you would love him…”

The door flung open and David paused on seeing Ben. “You? What do you want here?”

*****************************************************************************************************************Olamide Briggs cleared her throat. “Mirabel, could we talk about this later?”

“What is she saying, Wole?” Tola asked, as she held Wole’s arm. He stared at her with the ‘I have no idea’ look.

Mirabel smiled. “Why don’t I explain further, people? Wole left Monica when he found out she was pregnant and returned home.”

“I never touched her.” Wole replied, calmly.

Mirabel smiled. “Really? Why don’t we fly back to the states and have paternity test?”

“I never even dated Monica, we only hung out once at the super bowl.” He replied.

Mirabel grinned. “Seems it was one big ‘SUPER’ bowl.” She replied.

Wole rose to his feet. “I can’t take this anymore. This is embarrassing and disappointing.” He stared at Tola. “I am sorry for this.”

She nodded. “It’s okay.” She replied, as she held her clutch.

“Awww…this is touching, but the sooner the better for you, Ms. Tola. You have no future with Wole, he has a baby mama.” Mirabel concluded.

Niran stared at Mirabel. “Now your joke is turning sour, would you stop? Show Tola some respect.”

Mirabel smiled. “I am shocked at everyone here.” She replied. “I could forgive Tola because she is new to the family, but did all of you lose your sense of humour while I was away.” She said and covered her face.

“What?????” Wole shouted and threw the cake on the table at her.

She licked the cake with her tongue as it dropped from her face to her mouth. “Now that’s the Wole I know.”

*****************************************************************************************************************David stared angrily. “Why is this guy here?”

Oyinkan stared at them. “Gentlemen, it is obvious that you must have met before, but can we take this inside?”

“Not in my house. I want him out.”

Ben nodded. “I came here with Oyinkan.”

David laughed. “You don’t only want Kimberly, you want my cousin too?” he paused as he stared at Oyinkan. “Is this the idiot you have been talking about?”

“I have talked to you about Ben, but he is not an idiot, David.”

David nodded. “I see…”

Ben held her hand. “I’ll be in the car, Oyinkan.”

David scoffed. “Have you no shame left in you?”

Oyinkan hissed. “Come on David. Why do you hate him so much?”

“Isn’t it obvious that this is the guy who is always trying to hurt my relationship with Kimberly?”

She nodded. “I understand how you both feel, but let’s talk about finding Kimberly first, or isn’t that more important?”

Ben held her. “Finding Kim?” he walked up to David. “What did you do to her?”

David scoffed. “What rights have you to ask me questions about her?”

Ben cleared his throat. “I am the man who loves her.”

Oyinkan held Ben’s hand. “Easy does it, Ben. This issue is more complicated than you think.”

“Now more than ever, I am ready to fight for Kimberly, she is mine and now I would look for her.” He said and walked back to the car.

David smiled. “It is my cousin’s car.”

Ben nodded and walked away.

Oyinkan frowned. “Are you happy?” she hissed and walked after Ben.

*****************************************************************************************************************I picked the documents as they fell carelessly from my hand. “I don’t believe this.”

“Those papers don’t lie, and there’s more.” Bolu Coker replied as he brought out more documents and stretched them towards me.

I rose to my feet. “I don’t want them. They don’t prove anything.”

He nodded with a wry smile. “I always save the best for the last.” He walked over to a safe and pulled out a file. “This, my dear, is the reason why David is acting like he loves you.” he said, stretching the file at me. “Have a look.”

I shook my head. “I don’t want it.”

“Kimberly Bankole, you would see this one day, and if not now, on your wedding day, so just check it.”

I collected the file and flipped it. “What is this?”

He took a seat before me. “It is an agreement between me, your father and David, it is a deed saying that all your fortune would be David’s the day he marries you.”

I stared at the agreement unable to believe my eyes. “Oh my God.”

“Oh yes…the best part is that the fortune would be split between David and myself and this makes it better, look at the next page, the clause is there.”

I threw the file at him as I fought back my tears. “You dirty old man, what’s in it for my father then? Why would he sign over everything to you and your son? And how I am supposed to consent to this?”

He smiled. “It would be included in your marriage certificate carefully, so, you would just sign it over with ease, and yes, your father prefers his good name in the society, everyone adores Professor Bankole, so, we would keep that name preserved and not uncover any of his dirty deals, you as a Bankole should know these things.”

I screamed out in tears. “I hate all of you.”

He nodded. “That’s okay. We just need mutual understandings in our families; Love is not a big deal.”

I struggled to pull myself together. “What do you want to do to me in the end?”

He smiled as he tried to wipe my tears. “Not me.” I pushed his hand away. “David would do to you as I did to Elizabeth. Take away your money, pride and dignity, reduce you to a first grade vegetable, Coker men are born to rule over the weaker species.”

I took a deep breath and nodded with a smile. “It’s shame that you have no remorse.”

The door opened and Dad walked in. “Bolu!” he stared at me. “What is going on here?”

“Dad, the door!” I shouted. But before Dad could turn towards the door, Mr. Coker closed it and dropped the controller in his drawer.

Tunji stared at him. “What is this, Bolu? Are you kidnapping my daughter and I?”

Bolu shook his head in disagreement and fetched a gun from his drawer. “My friends, I would love to have the both of you in here.”

Tunji scoffed. “This is unreasonable and you had better be careful.” Dad replied and walked up to me. “Let’s go.” He said, pulling my hand.

I trembled as I saw My Dad’s best friend and David’s father point a gun at us. “Where are we going?”

“Home.” He replied, as he held my hand firmly and pulled me up. “Bolu, this, you would regret, now open your door.”

Bolu shook his head in disagreement. “You are a fool if you think I would let you both out of here. On a second thought, one of you would actually leave here.”

I was unable to believe my ears. What seemed unreal to me was now taking shape, Bolu Coker was ready to kill one of us. I rose to my feet. “Take me.”

He nodded. “You know, you are my favorite Bankole for two reasons, one, the money, two, the attitude. I can’t kill you.” he said and pointed the gun at my father. “This one is old and useless.”

Dad nodded and closed his eyes. I leaped before Dad as Bolu Coker pulled the trigger.

360note: The  next episode would be published next week Thursday. 



Tomi Adesina is a screenwriter and fiction series blogger. She wrote the widely read ‘Dear Future Husband’ series(blog series and eBook adaptation) Her blog, Tommyslav’s Island won the best writing blog category (Judges' Choice) in the Nigerian blog Awards (2013). She blogs at


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