My heart bled at that moment. Tears cascaded down my cheeks as I stared at Alex holding the engagement ring in his hands. These were not tears of Joy, but tears of regret. Regret for the things I had just done, and for the action I had stupidly taken.
I was twenty seven and still single and searching. All my life I had searched for a good man. A man I will love and would love me back. I have dreamt of a moment when a ring will be placed on my fingers by a man who adores me and wants to spend the rest of his life with me.
That was the reason I hanged on with Dayo in the first place. That was the major reason I dated him and endured every thing in our relationship. Even when he never proposed to me, I still held on patiently hoping that a day will come when he would propose to me with a ring in his hands, just the way Alex had done.
But after everything – after dating Dayo for five years, our relationship came to an abrupt end, and all my hopes and dreams of ever getting married, or experiencing such proposal moments was crashed.
“Kemi please accept my ring. Please.” Alex pleaded.
I didn’t know how to start telling Alex what I had just finished doing. How do I tell him that I had just finished sleeping with a general to get revenge after thinking he had taken advantage of me, by sleeping with me?
How do I explain myself to Alex? How do I tell him that my crave for revenge had led me into taking a stupid decision that would hurt three people that I loved dearly – three people that had betrayed me.
I was still staring at Alex with tears in my eyes, when Temi’s car sped from the distance and parked right close to Alex car. She alighted from the car and shut the door angrily.
“You betrayer.” She shouted.
“After all I did for you? After all the sacrifices I made for you? After all our years of friendship? You stood so low to go and gossip me to the General? Kemi you? My only friend? I thought we were friends? I never knew you were envious of me. I never knew.”
“Who is envious here?” I shouted angrily.
Alex stood up from the floor and watched in confusion as Temi and I exchanged words. He stood by the side of the wall trying to solve the puzzle.
“Temi it is you who has been envious of me.” I pointed with my hands.
“It is you who went sleeping with Dayo behind my back. You are the one who have betrayed our friendship. You Temi, are the devil in angels clothing.”
“Kemi me? A devil? You and Dayo are not even together. So why the hard feelings? Why are you taking it like I stole your man from you. You broke up with
him two years back. So why are you angry? Why do you even care if I date him or not?”
“I care because you know I still love him. You know how much he had hurt me.
You know it. You saw what I went through.
“Temi, even if you wanted dating Dayo, you should have told me. You should have at least let me know. I would not have stopped you. But your actions made it seem like you were the one who was behind the break up of me and Dayo, so you can have him for yourself. Temi I will never do that to you. I will never.”
“But you just did. Kemi you just did. You just broke my relationship with my man.”
“O shut up.” I thundered angrily.
“He is an old man and your sugar daddy for God sake. You only banged him for money. Which man are you talking about? The one with the penis the size of my finger.” I blurted.
Kemi stopped and heaved a sigh. She suddenly became calm and spoke coldly.
“Kemi, everything I did, I did it for you. Every single thing. You have known me since school days. I am not a kind of person who falls in love. You know how much I hate love. Kemi you know how I detest relationships. I only do it for fun. I do it only when I need something from someone.” She defended.
“Temi What could you possibly need from Dayo? What? Tell me.” I beckoned in a rather provoked state.
“Revenge. Yes Revenge. That was all I sought. I have always sought revenge for you Kemi. I have sought vengeance ever since the day he hurt you my friend. He took advantage of your soft heart and hurt you.
I wanted him to leave with the same pains he had caused you for the rest of his life.
“Dayo came to me months after he broke up with you. He said he loved me and wanted us to date. What kind of man leaves his girlfriend, only to end up with her best friend? He was not only a stupid man, a heart breaker, but a bastard.
“Dayo did not know he had just met with his match. He did not know that the person he was trying to ask out was going to lead him to his early grave. He felt I was as soft as you. He came with all the flowery words and sweet tongue. I kept watching him. I could not tell you because I knew it will hurt you. I did not want to add to your sorrow. Especially when I found out that Dayo’s plan was to date the both of us.
“No wonder he organised me a birthday party. No wonder he cared so much about me. No wonder he bought me gifts and always tried to win my love for him.
“After months of chasing me relentlessly, I gave him what he wanted. I gave it to him just the way he wanted it. But this time, I helped to add an extra package along with my little gift. A package that will leave him in regrets for the rest of his life.
“Kemi, people like Dayo and the General who treat women like sluts deserve to die. They do not deserve to leave. The General has five wives, but yet he leaves them at home and still sleeps with young girls out their. He sleeps with them and pays them with cash after using their bodies.
“Kemi, Dayo had you. He had a loving and caring woman, yet he chose to dump you. He even had sex with you on the last day he was to break up with you. Dayo left you like a piece of trash and came chasing after me; your own best friend.
“Kemi each and everyone of those men, and every other man who has refused to put their penis in their trousers, I have infected with Aids. That is a lesson to them. Dayo, Kayode, Dami, Usman, Emeka, Bernard, and a host of others you have known me with, including the General are all infected with the virus. They deserve it.
“Kemi all I did was seek revenge for you, and for myself. I didn’t do it to hurt you.”
Alex folded his hands and screamed in shock.
“God of mercy! The heart of a woman is wicked.”
“No sir.” Kemi retorted.
“The heart of a hurt and vengeful woman is wicked. Hell hath no fury, for a woman who is hurt.”
I sat on the floor and cried bitterly. I cried like a widow who had lost her husband.
I cried like a mother whose only child had just been hit by a trailer.
My heart was broken in tiny pieces. My pains had just increased in a dozen fold. Everything dawned on me, when I realised that I had failed to let go of the past. I had sought vengeance for those who hurt me, and was now going to live with the consequence of my actions for the rest of my life.
If Kemi had HIV/Aids and had infected Dayo in a means to get revenge for me, then she must have infected the General too, and I had just contacted HIV/Aids from the general just an hour ago.
While I cried bitterly at the front of my gate, I sighted the General’s Hilux and his entourage of soldier, drive speedily from the distance..
To be continued….
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