MARA 7

​episode 7

It was relived in the lenses of my brain and eyes as if it was a digital movie shown on a LCD television!

——

I sat on the gossip chair in front of the girls’ hostel where I was a serving corps’ member, pressing my runner-band supported handset. I was getting furious because I was kept waiting for long.

“Where are you for goodness’ sake?” I typed

I was almost getting mad!

I am a woman for Christ’s sake and I shouldn’t be kept waiting for long for one damn man from wherever!

I love him…oh yes I do!

But it’s sunny

It was so scorching that it felt like I would have tanned greatly.

Adejare had told me to leave my hostel very hurriedly and I had been very scared of what could have been wrong.

I left the tray of groundnut I had just peeled and was blowing to take garri and I quickly wore a very long, fitting gown.

I stepped into flat slippers and jumped out.

To my dismay, forty minutes after the ‘pajawiri’ call, he was nowhere in view!

There was no reply, though the message marked ‘read’

My heart started beating and I became really vexed.

If I had checked the mirror, my eyes would be so red

Exactly how was I supposed to feel?

Sad?

Scared?

Solemn?

Uncertain?

How was I supposed to feel?

…but I felt angry.

In our years of friendship, we had always kept to time, keeping no one in suspense.

——–

I stood up and turned towards my hostel.

‘If he called later, I might not come out o’…I thought to myself

I turned to look round again to be sure he wasn’t near.

There was no sign of him, so I started walking away angrily.

—–

As I placed my right leg on the first stair case, I felt a warm hand on my shoulders.

I turned around fiercely.

It was a guy’s hand and I wondered who had the audacity to touch my shoulders.

It was Jare!

I tried my best to hide my anger but no!

“What sort of a thing is this? Were you kinda playing some games with me? Jare, you should know me better. Excuse me” I said and started mounting the stairs

He followed me

He was not panting

That only meant, he had not run.

If he had run to catch up with his fiancée sitting under the sun and who had waited for him for the past 40 minutes, he would be panting like a deer now.

It meant he had been quite around for some time, watching and waiting to see the level of my perseverance.

Jare shouldn’t be the one doing that to me.

I hate those kinds of tests, abeg!

“I am sorry dear” he said calmly

…and it worked

Magically….as it always did!

I stopped in my tracks

I was still backing him.

“What?” I asked angrily.

“Sorry for wasting your time” he said coolly.

I felt guilty and turned to look into his face.

There, in front of my face was a very big bowl of ice cream scoop.

I held my breath

“Are you for real?” I exclaimed loudly, smile erupting my face

He came closer to me and covered my mouth

“Bush girl, don’t embarrass me jhur” he said sweetly into my ears

And I blushed!

I loved it when he called me bush girl!

Weirdo me!

But wasn’t I really a bumpkin?

The last time I saw this very large bowl of Ice-cream at Shoprite, I went to check the price and so clearly, it was embolden on the cover ‘N2, 500’

Where was I supposed to get that from?

But here it was on a platter of gold!

He took his hand off my mouth and I smiled sweetly at him.

“This is so sweet of you” I said and he smiled too

“Let’s leave this place for the shade over there” he said as he pulled me gently back to the gossip chair.

As we sat down, his eyes were steadfastly set on my face and I looked away

“What is the problem?” I asked

He sat beside me

“What would Gun Jun Pyo have done if he were to be the one waiting?” he asked and my eyes shone brightly

“You watched Boys Over Flowers?” I asked so astonishingly, beaming with smiles

He smiled too as he shook the head

“If I didn’t watch it, you said you would withdraw your ‘yes’ nah and I didn’t want to lose my all round beautiful angel!” he said and I blushed with excitement

“You won’t kill me Adejare!” I said softly and he pressed my right palm sweetly.

I watched the Korean movie on my roommate’s laptop and I loved it so much that I had pestered and threatened that he must watch it.

But he had always had one or two things to criticize about the movie which I always fought him about.

The language irritated him but that sent cool chills down my own spines whenever I watched.

Talking about the main character now (Gun Ju Pyo) showed how much he cherished my interest and how much he wanted to be a part of my life.

I was happy that he watched my best movie ever!

“Now, for real, Gun Ju Pyo stood outside the Namsam Tower from evening till dusk…not in the sun or rain or….but in the snow!” he said firmly, a small knit of frown on his forehead.

I pouted my lips as I hugged his left hand firmly.

I knew what he was driving at.

“I ordered for the strawberry flavor which they didn’t have. So I had to wait till it was freshly mixed. My mind was on fire as to how worried you would have been. I was so shocked that looking at you from the back view, you didn’t look worried but angry! Is that our love? No patience?” he asked and that was when I knew that he meant business.

“Are you angry?” I asked and he shook his head

“If in the movie you recommended for me, a proud, arrogant rich kid could wait for hours in the extremely cold snow for an ugly duckling as he did call her, I don’t know why you beautiful lady couldn’t patiently await your sweetheart for some minutes” he said and I smiled ruefully.

“I am so sorry dear. It was intentional. Forgive me” I said, touching his small beard playfully.

He looked away

“No problem. Take your ice-cream before it thaws” he said as he placed the big bowl into my hands

“Thanks” I said, smiling but he looked away still.

I had to do something to save the situation before it got out of hand.

“Please smile and tell me you have forgiven me” I said and he gave a little smile

“I have forgiven you” he said curtly

“Add darling jhur. I have forgiven you my darling” I said and he smiled largely.

“You can’t be for real!” he said

“I am for real. Say it”

“I wont”

“Say it jhur”

“I wont say it jhur” he said on.

By now, my playful frustration had made his smile to grow larger but I wont let go until he added ‘my darling’

I moved to his side and started to tickle him hard.

He fell upon me in a fit of laughter.

I didn’t let go

“Say it”

“Darling”

“Say it loudly”

“Darling…I have said it” he said, gasping for breath as tears strolled down his face from the forceful laughter.

“Say it in full. Smile and say I have forgiven you my darling” I ordered again

I intensified the tickling

“I have forgiven you my darling” he said and I tickled him the more as we both laughed out loudly.

It took some minutes before we became sane again.

“Eat ice-cream with me please” I said to him but he shook his head and held my hands softly, stirring deep into my eyes

“What have you eaten today?” he asked

“Nothing. I was about preparing food when you called me” I said and his face lightened up

“What delicacy were you trying to prepare?” he asked sweetly and I smiled

“Garri. I got some freshly made groundnut. It would really be a good combination” I explained and he shook his head

“Garri! I wonder why your eye sight is still as good as this when all you take is nothing but garri! I just wonder!” he said, so worried

“I will be fine. I just love it” I said and he shook his head

“You like garri or there is no money? Which? Would you stop lying! You wouldn’t allow anyone to help you even in the slightest way and it’s tiring. You have become so lean and I really don’t know what to do to you again. I just want this service year to end so I can marry you shaperly” he said and we smiled

“I can’t wait too. But as much as I love you and wanna spend my life with you, the big obstacle on our way wouldn’t give me real joy” I said with mixed feelings even as I sadly inserted few scoops of ice-cream in my mouth.

“My parents?” he asked as he nodded knowingly

“Whether my parents like it or not, it is you I want, not another! You are my wife” he said authoritatively.

I nodded like a chicken and took in more spoons of ice-cream

I looked into his face

He looked pained

“I just don’t want to be the cause of any problem between you and your parents. I don’t want wahala for you” I said again when I realized that he looked so withdrawn and sad that I had not said anything sensible since.

He shook his head.

He took the bowl of ice-cream from my hand and placed it on the mud bench with a bang.

I looked into his face with shock etched on my heart.

He held my hands and pulled me up

“We have to do something important now.” He said as he pulled me away

I was mum as he pulled me on till we got to his car.

He opened the door of the front seat and made me to sit down.

He turned to enter through the driver’s seat.

I was so patient.

He sat for a few minutes after he had put on the regulator in the car to regulate the temperature in the car.

“Erm…” I said after I became bored of the silence.

He looked at me.

Tears flowed down his face

I was shocked

“What is the matter?” I asked as I held his hands in amazement

He wiped his tears with the back of his palm and looked outside.

“I am scared” he said and I became more scared

“Of what?” I asked and he turned to look at me

“Of you! I am scared of you!” he said firmly and my mind was in serious disarray.

“Of me? How? Why? What do you me?” I pressed his hand the more

What could be wrong that he would be scared of?

“You are loved! Many men love you so much. They look at you and even come to you at all times” he said and my heart was muddled

“So?” I asked and he scratched his head

“I am scared that you won’t be able to scale through my parents’ discouraging comments on phone even without meeting you. I am scared that you would one day tell me that you had reconsidered our relationship and that you are backing out. I am scared” he said, bursting out into tears the more.

I smiled

“Adejare! You almost killed me with your words. Is that all?” I asked, still pressing his palm softly

He too his hand off mine and wiped his face

“You don’t just understand. Not at all do you understand!” he said and I held his two shoulders and shook them gently.

“I love you. I will stay by you. I will always love you. I will not leave when you when you need me most. I won’t. I promise!” I said and he looked into my face

“Are you sure?” he asked as if he was a baby

“Yes I am sure” I replied like his mother as I wiped his tears.

We had been friends for years and I understood clearly that he didn’t want anybody between us.

He jealously wanted me for himself only!

“Swear” he said, seriously

I smiled

“I swear!’ I replied him.

I didn’t believe in swearing but since that would make him ok, I decided to do it.

He smiled and gently pushed me aside as he hurriedly checked his drawer for something I didn’t even know.

He brought out a razor blade.

“What’s this?” he asked, raising it to my face

“Razor blade” I replied, still unsure of whatever he was driving at.

Before I could stop him, he had cut himself on the left thumb

My eyes widened

“What was that for?” I asked as I held my chest in horror

He panted quietly

“Lick it” he pointed the finger at me

“What!” I exclaimed and he urged me with his eyes

“Only if you love me, Glory. If you sincerely do” he said and I shook my head

“I love you Adejare. But what’s all these for goodness’ sake? What?” I lamented and tears gathered in his eyes.

“I will lick yours too. It shows you love me unto death do us part. There is no side effect” he said again and I sighed deeply as i licked his salty red body fluid.

He smiled and then picked my right thumb, cut it a little bit and licked my blood

I cringed!

He smiled again, looking satisfied

“Please repeat after me…” he started and I nodded as I turned to look at through the window

I was never going to leave this guy!

I wonder why he was wasting his time doing something fetish and unbinding as this

“…the day I go against this bidding, let the ground receive me” he said and I repeated after him

He hugged me afterwards and that was how our relationship became strengthened till we finished our service in Nasarawa state.

Was that the blood covenant the pastor was talking about?

It couldn’t be anything other than that though!

Because I had never killed anybody…not even a fowl!

I just needed this God!

The God that saved my Doctor from the devices and enterprises of the enemies….

I need that God too!

—-urgently!!!

TBC

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