Shades Of Romance 🫂
After two days of anxious waiting, i got a very wonderful news from Joe who came into my apartment with excitement written all over his face.
“I saw your woman today and believe me, she’s very okay. She reported to work like you were expecting and i had to wait and follow her after the school closed for the day. I now know her hideout” he poured out with excitement, while i quickly got up and shook his hand.
“you are the man. So tell me, where is she hiding?” i asked curiously,
“somewhere in Ekenwan, she’s probably staying with a friend” he answered.
“good, let’s go there, let’s go right away” i shouted, grabbed my car keys and hurried out of my apartment with him.
I couldn’t control my excitement as i drove towards Ekenwan that fateful evening. I was so happy and overly excited.
We soon got to her hideout, a very cool building complex with lots of apartments.
Joe nodded and alighted, i quickly followed him and together we headed into the building, my heart beating furiously. We slowly made our way to the first floor, Joe leading the way and stopping at a door..
“here is the apartment i saw her enter this afternoon” he said with a slight nod. I drew forward and knocked on the door without wasting time. I knocked and knocked until a middle aged lady opened up and stared at us with fear.
“where is Jenifer?” i barked,
“i don’t know any Jenifer” she answered and tried to shut the door, but i was faster than her. I pushed forward, forcing my way into the sitting room and pushing aside the shocked lady in the process.
“get out now” she screamed, but i paid no attention to her because i already had caught glimpse of a lady escaping to one of the rooms as i bolted into the apartment.
I went after the lady, barging into the room without civility and freezing as my eyes feel on the fleeing woman. She was no other person than my Jenifer.
“Jenifer” i breathed.
“get out” she screamed boldly like a terrified Animal.
“Jenifer” i called out her name again, happiness filling my heart and swelling my soul….
Shades Of Romance 🫂
“Jenifer you are going home with me this moment. We are going home” i said seriously, watching her keenly.
“i’m not going anywhere with you just leave” she cried.
“baby, the past we can’t change, but our future we can shape. C’mon let’s go home” i begged softly, drew close and held her hand.
“no you don’t understand anything. We can’t be happy together. Do you really think you can segregate yourself from your people because of me?. C’mon your feelings will change in no time. Just leave” she cried.
Her friend and Joe barged into the room that same moment, interrupting us.
“you better leave sir” her friend said angrily.
“i’m not leaving without her” i answered defiantly.
“let me be” Jenifer begged.
“it’s either you leave with me or i stay here with you” i replied seriously with a drawn face.
“fine let’s go but this is kidnapping” she finally murmured with resignation.
“you can’t be doing this” her friend protested while she shrugged.
“don’t worry dear, thanks for everything” she replied, forcing out a smile.
Ten minutes later, we were in my car, speeding back to my house. Joe drove the car, while Jenifer and I sat at the back seat.
“you were very rude to my friend. Your behaviour was uncalled for” she complained quietly. I smiled and caressed her palm.
“i had no choice my dear. I was very desperate. Your absence nearly made me mad” i confessed.
“you don’t understand. I’m a woman. I have only one life to live. I don’t want to make a mistake of choosing a wrong life partner. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life regretting marrying a wrong person. We are in Africa for Christ sake. Marriage isn’t just only between two people here, but equally between your family and mine. Yours won’t accept me and the stigma of Tony’s issue will forever be there to spoil things. Please understand” she pleaded desperately.
“you can’t convince me to leave you dear. Yes i’m the bad guy, but i have you to live for. I have only you” I said seriously, kissing her hand. My phone soon rang, interrupting our discussion.
The caller turned out to be no other person than the same kinsman who paid me a visit somedays back. The same man whose words sent Jenifer fleeing for dear life.
“we are having a meeting to deliberate on your problems with Tony tomorrow. All the town union members will be there. My house is the venue. Time is 4pm” he announced, chilling my heart with the information.
I truly wasn’t a strong member of the union but it was something like a family gathering which i had no choice than to respect. I knew they all had ganged up against me to side with Tony whose stand i couldn’t really figure out. He appeared to be playing the victim game with one hand, striking with the other hand and covering everything up like a saint.
“you see what i’m talking about” Jenifer slowly said as if she listened to my phone conversation or knew what was in my mind…
To be continued