” Madam, I saw this just now in your pocket as I am about to wash your
clothes” Nneka, Becky’s maid said stretching out an envelope to her.
” What’s in it?” Becky asked.
” I didn’t check ma, but I hope it’s something that will bring you
happiness” Nneka said as she had really been unhappy about her boss’s mood
since the day before.
Becky collected it and looked at Joan to Nneka and then back to Joan who
confirmed with a nod for her to open the envelope.
She slowly opened the envelope and then saw something that looks like a
checkleaf. It’s actually a checkleaf for real. She opened it and saw
2million naira written boldly on it from Ben. She shouted in excitement and
showed the slip to Joan and Nneka who had been smiling and waiting for her
to explain things to them. They were equally happy that she got her money
back even in with addition.
She then explained to Joan on how she felt Ben put something in her pocket
when she said she forgives him. She would have eventually checked it but
for the bad turnout of that night. She was so grateful to God that Ben
never cheated her of her money but only use it as a means of test for her.
Then suddenly, a bad thought crept in her mind and she voiced it out to Joan
” What if Ben had bounced the check today after he discovered I was
cheating on him, remember he gave me before the shameful diacovery. I
think I have lost out on this money, and shouldn’t even put my mind in it
anymore to avoid greater hurts” she said down casted.
” We will do nothing but hope for the best. With the little I heard from
you today about Ben, I think he’s a good man who would never take advantage
of your good act even when he isn’t in good relationship with you anymore.
Let’s just hope dear” Joan said.
” And I hope your husband forgives you also bringing peace in your home”
Joan left much later for her home. While Becky and Joan were hopeful that
tomorrow will bring nothing but happiness and joy to them, Matilda on the
other hand was also hoping that her friends will come back to her.
The next day been Tuesday, Becky left for the bank. She already called Joan
asking about John, but she replied negatively. She got to the bank and had
to stay on the queue.
A call was put out to Ben who confirmed the checkleaf and then Becky
received her money which she instantly deposited in her account.
As soon as she left the bank with happiness, she went to Joan’s home.
Joan crashed on her and wept silently on her shoulder.
” He didn’t come home, Becky, he didn’t come home. He refused to pick up my
calls and reply my messages. I think have lost him already. We’ve never
stayed apart for this long. I’m tired already, I don’t know if I can do
this any longer.” Joan said.
“I’m so sorry darling” that’s all Becky could say.
Joan was looking really pale, she hasn’t eaten apart from what she ate at
Becky’s place the day before.
Without being told, Becky went to the kitchen and started making something
for her friend. Joan who thought she had gone to get water from the fridge
came to the kitchen to join her when she didn’t see her return.
She saw Becky frying some eggs already and she said: ” I don’t have any
appetite and also, that smell makes me wanna vomit”.
” What made you think I’m making you food” Becky asked laughing
” What else are you doing in my kitchen if not to cook for me. But
seriously, I don’t really want it, not even egg.” Joan said smiling weakly.
” Keep your faith strong girl, sure I won’t disappoint you. Have you
checked yourself in the mirror? If no, you really need to do.” Becky said
” What? Am i looking that bad? She asked raising her eyebrows.
” Bad? That’s an understatement,you are looking worst. If you had not come
to open the door for me and cried on me, I wouldn’t have recognized you
girl. Sure if John comes now, he wouldn’t be happy with the way you look.”
“Really?” She said looking at herself all over again.
” Yes darling, and that’s why you have to eat and freshen up so that when
he comes home tonight, he will beat himself for staying away from my
beautiful friend for this long” Becky explained
” I will eat then, but I don’t think I can take eggs. I will rather take
just bread and tea.” She said.
” That’s my girl. I’m at your service today. Just so you know, I wasn’t
frying the eggs for you”. Becky said.
” But why?” Joan asked.
” Cos, you won’t like it. Remember I’m a bad cook.” Becky replied.
” I will teach you to be a better cook but that can’t be now” Joan said.
The eggs became burnt and Becky had to thrash it. She settled for bread and
tea as Joan did.
They talked while they eat and Joan became a bit relieved.
” Have you tried to talk with Ben?” Joan asked out of the blues.
” Nope. There is no point in calling him” Becky replied flatly.
” I think you need to, you need to apologise for cheating on him” Joan
” I’m sure he hates me now and wouldn’t even pick my calls.” Becky said
” What made you think so?” Joan asked.
” Would you want my kind of person back if you were in his shoes? I cheated
on him with his cousin, and some other guys he didn’t even know of. I can’t
even forgive myself yet, let alone Ben forgiving me.” Becky said.
” But you are not fine without him? Joan said
” Hmmmmm, Joan you don’t even know him. You didn’t even even know how I was
fairing when I was dating him because you have no idea of his existence.
So, tell me what makes you think or feel that I’m not alright now? Becky
“Well, I was expecting that fire in your eyes even with a credit of
2million. But then, your face was and is still expressionless.
That Ben really had a great impact on you.” Joan explained.
” Sure he did, I think I have feelings for him though I’m not sure what it
really is.” Becky replied
” Very good. Lemme ask you what I have always been meaning to ask you
since. Why do you lack contentment?” Joan asked
Becky made a loud sigh and then answered: ” I really don’t know why. I have
never realized it as a problem not until I lost Ben”
” I don’t think I understand you clearly” Joan said
” Ben had been very good to me. He has is shortcomings but they are minor
and tolerable. He has almost everything I want in a man yet I wasn’t
satisfied with dating him alone. I dated guys for different and stupid
qualities like: handsomeness; facial, height, color thickness, wealth,
reliance and others. I couldn’t stick completely with Ben cos he doesn’t
possess wealth enough for me. I lost a good man just because of I’m a
greedy unsatisfied lady who doesn’t know what she wants” Becky said soberly.
” Great, We’re getting somewhere. But that’s not all, you practically beg
for and borrow things that are of low qualities, Things you can easily
afford. Don’t you think you should be worried about this as well? Joan said
ending with a question.
” I saw this as nothing before, being the last child. My parent and other
siblings always wanting to make me happy by giving me everything I want. I
didn’t realize when it stretched out so much that I couldn’t control it. I
just realized how much I have depended on everyone when Matilda promised I
will come back to beg for her friendship. It was right there I know I have
a big problem, which I think it’s the first stage of my solution” Becky