Adaobi had not been herself since Edochie left for Lagos. For that reason, she knew that she was in love with Edochie. She thought about all her father told her concerning his not being able to pay their school fees any more. So she decided to visit Edochie in Lagos; after all, Edochie was every woman’s drwam. He was wealthy, young and handsome. Her pregnancy was getting to two months. As such, she really had to act fast. She made up her mind to call him and tell him that she might come to his house as soon as she visited her friend in Lagos. The truth is that Adaobi did not have any friend that stay in Lagos
She got up from her bed and went to her father and say, “Father, there is something I want to tell you.”
“Yes, what is it? Say it and be fast about it as you can see, I am having a rest” Papa Adaobi snapped, feeling unhappy that Adaobi was not able to get Edochie to see him before he went back to Lagos.
“This man really wants to sell me off. What kind of a father is this? How I wished my mother is still alive, she wouldn’t have allowed this to happen to her only daughter,” Adaobi thought to herself.
“Well, Father, I want to go to Lagos” Adaobi said reluctantly.
“To do what?” her father requested neither raising his head nor opening his eyes.
“To see my friend, my girlfriend. Since the ASUU strike is still on, I want to change to another environment,” she answered.
“E-he e my daughter. You are truly the true daughter of your father. Ada obim, Ada nkem, Oya come and sit by my side, Inug,” her father said enthusiastically.
Adaobi sat down, surprised at the sudden excitement displayed by her father, “This man is full of surprises and will never cease to amaze me” she thought.”
“My daughter,” Mazi Okwu began. I am your father. I know that you do not have any girlfriend in Lagos because I have never heard you talk about her. Do you think that I do not know that you want to go and visit Edochie in Lagos? When do you intend to go?
“Tomorrow,” she replied.
“Ewo! So soon? That is good. Go and get ready. I will give you your transport money tomorrow. And I will tell your brothers that you have gone to visit your girlfriend as you said,” hse offered, and was happy that his daughter reasoning with him.
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Ifeoma was on her way to market when Onyeka hooted the horn of his car to attract her attention. Immediately, Ifeoma entered the car and followed Onyeka. They rushed to the market and quickly bought the things her mother sent her to buy, then she carried everything to Onyeka’s house. Hours later, she asked Onyeka to come and drop her sensing that her mother would be worried by then. Onyeka took his car key and drove Ifeoma home. As Ifeoma was about to alight from the car, Nkoli, who was going on errand for her father, saw her.