She cried out there in the open space for a very long time before the
gateman eventually helped her up. She went inside with her package and
continued crying. She had emaciated just within 24hours. She wanted to call
her mother, but she decided against it. She called Becky instead who didn’t
pick the call not until the sixth time.
” Becky, I am finished” Joan said over the phone crying.
” Your case can’t be as terrible as mine” Becky replied.
“What? What Happened?” Joan find herself concerned for her friend.
” My dear it is a long story, a story of not appreciating what you have
until you lost it. I can’t give you the details on the phone. Why not come
over to my place this morning, cos I really need to talk to someone. I will
call Matilda to join us as soon as I drop the call.” Becky replied.
” No no no, don’t call that bitch. I’m not ready to face her yet cos I
might strangle her. This is just between us. I will be with you in a
jiffy.” Joan said and dropped the call.
She went in and freshened up and then left for Becky’s house on an empty
On getting to Becky’s place, she met her dishing some watery noodles. At
age 26, Becky still does not know the right amount of water that will make
Joan joined her because her stomach was betraying her by making some
She carefully selected the noodles with her fork leaving the water behind.
After they had done eating, Joan explained everything that has been
happening in her home since on Sunday. How her husband slept out for the
first time. How he believes she is a lesbian and also, the dildo he bought
for her. She spared no details from Becky. She broke down into tears after
she was done with her story.
Becky comforted her and told her she will talk to her husband.
” He won’t listen to you. He doesn’t like you much. He believes you are
more of a negative influence.” Joan said.
” Don’t worry dear, we will work it out. Even if not destined to marry, I
will not watch and do nothing allowing your marriage fail.
” You will do this for me for real?” Joan asked to be sure she’s hearing
” Yes I will, not just for you alone but for everyone that I’m capable to
help” Becky replied.
Joan left her sit and gave Becky a tight hug. It seems Joan has become a
” Wait a minute, what do you mean by you are not destined for marriage?”
” Well, I just lost a wonderful man, and I don’t think I can ever get a
good man for myself again after my waywardness.” Becky explained.
“Who?” Joan asked
“Who’s Ben?” Joan asked again.
” One of my boyfriends” she replied.
” Then continue with the rest of your boyfriends nau. Or what’s so special
about Ben” Joan concluded her speech with a question
” I think I’m in love with him already, and also he has proposed to me” she
” Are you in love with him cos he proposed or cos you’re truly in love with
him” Joan asked.
” Well I don’t know, I’m not sure. I’m just confused” Becky said
” Since he’s proposed already, you should be with him to find out what you
really feel for him. And also, you have to cut other men out of your life
now since you’re engaged” Joan advice.
” Are you not listening? I said I lost him already” Becky said almost
breaking down in tears.
” Now I’m confused. What happened, here you are still with an engagement
ring and you’re saying something contradictory. Please let me understand
you.” Joan said
Becky later explained all that happened to her the day before.
” I wished the damn ground would open and swallow me immediately I saw
James some minutes after I was engaged. But the stupid ground wouldn’t do
my wish. Ben walked to us and finally introduce John as is distant cousin
and, me his fiancee.
James laughed hysterically drawing the attention of other guests. He told
Ben that I was his girlfriend, not anymore now as it’s now obvious I am
cheating of him. He told Ben how he had sexed me for a number of times
yesterday before Ben is now proposing to me. James challenged me to rebuff
his claims which I couldn’t do to the disappointment of Ben and other
guests. I left shamefully and Ben never came after me which is an assurance
that I’ve lost him for real.” Becky narrated as tears flowed down her cheek.
” I’m so sorry darling, I really am. For you to be this hurt, yet you
choose to listen to me and help me out of my predicament shows you are a
true friend. I’ve been so blind to see that you have a good heart but
judging you for your imperfection. I’m so sorry” Joan said tearfully.
They hugged each other again as the cried.
” I lost more than Ben” Becky said after they had ended their emotional
“What else did you loose?” Joan asked.
” I lost over 1.5million naira which he borrowed and promised to return.
But now we’ve broken up, there’s no way I can get my money back” Becky said
letting out another stream of tears.
” Of course you will get your money back. I ain’t going to watch get away
with your money” Matilda said.
Becky and Joan were surprised. They had no idea when she entered and didn’t
how much she had heard. Matilda had only heard Becky’s last statement cos
she just entered.
” I’m not going to let any man play you for a fool. We will set him up. We
will make sure he vomits all that he has swallowed and even more. Men will
pay dearly for hurting us” Matilda said bitterly.