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Allen Avenue “Story Of A Call Worker”- Episode 25

Posted by on September 12, 2016.

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” Here” Emeka dropped a bulky shopping bag on my bed. I looked up from the joke i was watching on his Tab. 
” Where have you been? ”
” Shopping! God do i love shopping?” He groaned in mock ectasy.
I laughed and pulled the carrier bag closer. ” What’s this? Oh you shouldn’t have bothered…… I could have gone back home to pick some clothes”.
He laughed. ” Consider it a Christmas gift”
” Geez! Christmas is still months away but thanks” 
He grinned. ” Are you up to tonight ‘ s meeting? besides today is Doctor’ s birthday.” 
” Yea. Oh really?! I didn’t know and i haven’t gotten anything for him! ”
” I got something for him in our names. Get ready, we are going to dinner first. You like Chinese?” 
I smiled. ” Ebere won’t recognize me when she comes back! Yea Chinese is cool, thanks” 
” That’s my aim”
He saunters out of the room, he looked so young and healthy, i found it hard to believe he also had the virus. 
We went to Mr Ying yang and had giant lobsters with rice before going to the Support Group. Doctor Debola kissed my cheek, complimented my look and gave us a knowing wink. We wished him a happy birthday, Emeka brought in the gifts from the car and placed it on the dining table where others had kept there’s. There was a little party for Doctor and the atmosphere that night was joyous and fun filled. I noticed Racheal wasn’t cheerful and i excused myself from my company.
” Racheal what’s up?”
” Ify i don’t know. I feel so scared, am afraid, something is about to happen to me.”
I touched her arm gently. ” Try to have fun tonight, call me up tomorrow and let’s b.itch about life but let’s just have fun for once, Okay? ”
She nodded. ” I see you came with Emeka, Ebere is not back yet?”
” Yea, i miss her so much.”
” You look good together…….don’t let this slip through your fingers please.”
” Racheal!” I admonished. ” He’s so young!”
” Oh Yea? tell me something else please! he’ s so handsome, rich and educated! F*uck young! life is too short to waste!”
I looked back, Emeka was laughing at something Doctor said. If only he wasn’t so young.

” Oh Yea? tell me something else please! he’ s so handsome, rich and educated! F*uck young! life is too short to waste!”
I looked back, Emeka was laughing at something Doctor said. If only he wasn’t so young.
” Your eyes tells a different story Ify, you have the hots for him!” She sighed wistfully. ” Can’t remember the last time i rode a good deek”
We both laughed. ” You know Doctor is a free man now” 
She blushed. ” Am dying and am worried about the future of my little girls……i don’t have time for romance besides i look so ugly”
” Oh no! you look so delectable ” i lied and actually believed the lie. She had a beautiful face and smile but she was so bony and i could still see the beauty in her. After all they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in that very moment Racheal transformed before my eyes, she was definitely beautiful. 
” Mind if i steal her for a moment?” Emeka asked.
He led me onto the dancing floor which was the living room and we swayed gently to the soft music being played. I saw Doctor took Racheal into his arms and i gave her a thumbs up, she smiled at me and gave me a thumbs up too. I had my first dance that night.

Ebere 
I recovered first, he kept muttering under his breath. 
” Sorry about your car, i could get it fixed for you”
” Hell no! Ebere! Wow! it’s been so long!”
” Yea. ”
An awkward silence registered between us until other motorists blared their horns at us angrily.
” F*ucking Nigerians! always in a hurry! . let’s find somewhere to talk please, there’s a cool hang out spot just around the corner.” 
I nodded and got into my car, i trailed my car slowly behind his until he parked in front of a cool lovers joint and i did the same. 
” What will you have? Waiter!”
” Water is Okay ”
A thin and pimpled face waiter walked to our table.
” Geez! what took you so long?” He moaned.
” Sorry sir” 
” How does that answer my question? get me a bottle of white wine if you please. ” 
” Which one sir?”
” I said a bottle of f* ucking white wine! ”
The waiter scurried away. This Dayo was so full of himself, he reminded me of his bleaching body mother. He gave me a smile and i faked one too.
” You look so beautiful! still standing ( still working)?” 
I felt like punching his face, my hands folded into a fist on my thigh. ” Still a mummy’ s boy?”
He looked surprised. ” Wow, wow, touche.” He laughed. ” What’s up with you?” 
” I have my own business now and am doing well for myself.”
” That’s good. Not married? are you?”
” Are you?” I retorted.
” Actually i am and we have four beautiful kids. My wife is a cousin to the current president.” 
Who asked him? ” That must be such a privilege, I’ m sure you are so happy”
” Yea i am.” He said, struggling to believe the lie that just came out of his mouth. ” I heard you came to look for me, my mom threatened to cut me out of her will if i continued with……..”
” So you chose the money over me, that’s cool ” 
The waiter brought the wine with two wine glasses, he poured the wine into our glasses and fled before Dayo could call him back.
” No, no, it wasn’t like that.”
” Dayo what if i told you i was pregnant when you left and i had the baby.”
He blinked twice. ” Oh hell! you can’t be serious please! i have so much to lose now! my wife and kids, my business, my…….”
I smiled and he relaxed. ” Its okay. Did you ever love me?”
” Believe me i loved you……i wanted a life with you but i was so young, hell! we were both too young and love is a word that doesn’t exist in my world. In my world we marry for political or business reasons and never for love. Ebere i could write you a check, you know for everything. ” 

A toad doesn’t give birth to a snake. Dayo was truly a son of his mother. I sipped my wine. ” I don’t have any use for your money Ekundayo.” 
I stood and he gave me his card.
” Please call me if you ever need my help or ……” he said.
” Thanks”.
I turned around and left. I sat for a long time in my car playing our conversation over in my mind. I tore the card into bits and threw it out, the wind took hold of the tiny bits and blew them about. I drove off into the night, my soul was at peace.
To be continued

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  1. wen am at home my mother come and see me i want to boiled rice so she now said that i should give them water i now want to seatdown i now seatdown in the ground

    by Anonymous on Sep 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

  2. pls update on the rest stories

    by tracy on Sep 12, 2016 at 11:37 pm

  3. pls update on the other stories

    by tracy on Sep 12, 2016 at 11:38 pm

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