Dapo got to the shopping mall that Kike had asked that they meet in less than 10 minutes. She flagged him down as he approach. “Park behind my car, I want you to see something.” Dapo’s heart skipped a beat. She had told him it was something urgent about his wife, and he wondered what it could be about.
He got out, lost of words from all that had happened so far today. She looked at him for a while, and then turned him to look in the opposite direction. There he saw his lovely wife, Lola, with another man in the front seat of a BENZ 200. And when he looked hard enough, he found out that the man wasn’t just any man, but was Dupe’s brother, Kole. He couldn’t tell if she was laughing or crying. He quickly looked away, because he couldn’t take it anymore.
“You’ve been neglecting her, now she has a lover. If you had not been running around with that girl, then…”
Dapo’s eyes lit up and his expression made her stop herself in mid-sentence. “Yes, about the girl; how come she has your number on her phone?”
“So she has my number on her phone? She must be a fool. Anyway, she came to meet me some time ago…”
“About what?” Dapo barked out; obviously angry that it seemed like the two ladies had been playing him all the while.
“She said she needed to get you away from your wife, and that she needed my help.”
“Yes. You probably told her all about me, because I wondered how she got to know about my position in your life.”
“No. No.” Dapo said and kept shaking his head. He looked towards where Lola was and saw that they were no longer in the Benz. His eyes wondered and saw that they were standing by Lola’s space wagon now. A closer look showed him that Lola had been crying.
Kike noticed his divided attention and raised her voice. “She was at my place all the time; begging me and telling me how in love she was.”
“And what did you tell her?” Dapo demanded, with a stern look on his face.
“I told her I couldn’t help her. At first, I thought she just wanted a fling with you, but she kept persisting.”
“And why didn’t you tell me?”
“That’s very funny.” Kike said with a little laugh to go with it. “I kept warning you every chance I got, all you would do was to defend her.” she laughed a sinister laugh.“You wouldn’t have believed me if I told you. I’m sure you would have thought I had gone crazy or something.”
“She looks so innocent and young.” Dapo said, with his face to the floor.
“Young? I bet she isn’t as young as she claims to be. So, how old did she say was?”
“That does not really matter right now. I just want to know all she has been up to; every little detail.”
“Okay, let me see. She planned for those photographs to be taken.”
“She thought she had my trust, so she told me everything to get my own opinion. I had to make her believe she could trust me, so that I could get more information from her.”
“Are you sure of all what you are saying? You wanted my matrimonial home broken as much as you claim she did, so how am I supposed to believe you?”
“I never wanted your home broken; I was just still in love with my lost boyfriend, and…Whatever, I never wanted your home broken, I would never wish that on anybody.”
“So, why didn’t you come direct and tell me what she was up to?”
“As I said earlier, which I guess you didn’t hear, you wouldn’t have believed me. And when I saw the girl was going too far and wanted to inform you, my husband died.”
“So she planned with a photographer?”
“Of course; what did you think? We do not have paparazzi here, just writers that live off rumors. And she isn’t even that big a star in the first place; she was just looking for some cheap publicity.”
“It just doesn’t sound right.”
“There you go again. You so much want her side of the story to be true. Do you even love your wife at all?”
“What are you insinuating?”
“Don’t kid yourself, you don’t sound like a happily married man and you are sure not living like one.”
“I got to go; you’ve started your talk again.” Dapo said and headed to his car.
“Wait.” Kike said and ran after him. She held his hand and looked into his eyes; her facial expression changed from that of a woman in charge to that of a disturbed woman. “Dapo, this is a sign; a sign that we should get back together. We finally have our second chance. You can’t trust anybody around you right now, except me.”
“Please.” he said and wiggled his arm free. He took a despiteful look at her before entering the car.
“No one of these girls can give you the kind of love that I can give you.” she said, leaning on the door of his car. He ignored her and fired up the engine. “I love you; always have, and always will. None of them know you like I do. And we have Anu to cement that love.”
“There you go again, always using your bait to get at me. It won’t work. I’ll give Anu all my love and care, but that is where it stops.
Don’t ever dream that I will leave my wife for you.” Dapo said and raved up the engine as he drove off.