***ALL IN THE NAME OF LOVE***
“Hello, Tina. Where are you?” Shade asked on phone.
“I’m on my way home. I just left my boyfriend’s house now. How was your exam?” Tina replied.
“It was fine jawe. See, let me block you at home because I don’t have much on my phone.” Shade said in hurry to drop the call.
“Alright. No problem.”
Shade dropped the call and joined Tina at her place after some minutes.
Tina was one and only daughter of a police. She lost her mother at the age of fifteen before her father was later transferred to Olodo town where she later completed her secondary school.
She was a bossom friend of Shade who she couldn’t do without. They attended same secondary school together, but different courses. And they both got good results. In fact, almost same grades in each subject.
Shade has taken Tina as her lord ever since she was being saved by her when a guy attempted to rape her then in lower class.
Tina was only beautiful, she was also strong and courageous. She fear nothing but sway easily by emotions.
“What’s is the matter? This your face looks pale. I could notice a glint of depression in your eyes. Is it that you didn’t write your post utme well or what happened?” Tina asked curiously, searching Shade’s eyes with full sense of concern.
“Tina, I don’t think I will be able to continue with Tunde any longer.” Shade said sadly, looking away.
“What? What happened? Did you catch him with a girl or what?” Tina asked anxiously.
“No, I just don’t seem to understand him anymore. It seems he has gotten another lady and as a result toying with my feelings.” Shade replied.
“Why did you say that? Could you just cut out the chase? Please, tell me something. What exactly is the issue?” Tina inquired, eager to know what exactly the issue was.
“Could you remember I told you he demanded for sex some years back which I told him to let me finish my secondary school studies if at all we gonna do such?”
“Yea. Vividly.” Tina replied and readjusted herself on her seat, then folded her arms across her chest, listening attentively.
“Ever since then, Tunde never made any other attempt. Though, he shows me love and cares for me most especially while in public, with his friends, but whenever we are together in his room, he keeps distance away from me and always afford touching me. In fact, his today’s attitude pissed me off.”
Shade paused. Her eyes were saturated with tears.
“What did he do to you?” Tina asked nervously.
“He showered me with love for the two days I spent with him during my stay for the examination. We even came home together from the School. His caring attitude during those two days couldn’t be overestimated which loosen my heart to receive his love. And I was expecting him to make the move when we finally got home today since his roommate was around at school which I thought it was the obstacle for him to touch me, but unfortunately, he just turned moody when we got to his house even when I was ready in my mind to keep my promise. Or was he expecting me to make the first move? Hell no! I can’t just do that.” Shade lamented bitterly.
Tina took a deep breath and kept mute for like a minute, then forced a smile out before she spoke out.
“Shade, do you believe that it is dangerous to be afraid of taking risk than taking risk? I was once a victim of this type of circumstance. That was exactly what happened between that my guy I lost his contact and I.
“Only that what works for Taiwo might fail Kehinde. It is all about risk. What I did then was that I tried to challenge him and when there was no positive result, then I made the first move myself which brought our relationship back to normal before we were later separated by inevitable bitter circumstance.” Tina said, and heaved heavily and then closed her eyes for a moment which got Shade lost.
She looked down and buried her head in her palms. Her eyes were saturated with tears. She felt like crying, but held her emotion.
Shade was totally lost, confused and couldn’t know next line of action to take. She felt like asking her about the story but her instinct held her back. She was interested in hearing what rendered her helpless, but she thought that was not the right time for her to ask. She stood up from her seat and walked towards her sluggishly, then lifted her face before consoling her.
“I’m very sorry to tender you a case that takes you back to a sad memory lane. I never saw it coming. We never discussed anything about your past before. I’m very sorry in case I’ve hurt you. You just have to let go your past and focus on the present for better future.” Shade rendered her words which calmed her down.
Tina also felt like spitting her mind out at that very moment but she couldn’t just say it.
After some minutes, Shade left for her house when she received an urgent call from her mother.
TO BE CONTINUED.