As Victoria drove over to pick up Ayomikun, she couldn’t but think about her conversation with her pastor’s wife. She had always admired the love and commitment between the pastor and his wife. She realized that every one has their own past and what they do with it is what matters. She was glad she spoke with her but still felt confused on some part; could she still hope that something new could happen between herself and Albert?. What happens if he comes back changed like the pastor, renewed or saved, would that change her feelings towards him? Could that make her forgive him, love and both get married? What if he meant what he told her mother, coming back to settle in Nigeria and making arrangement to marry her, after all, that was all she had always wanted from him. At this point, she felt more and more confused has she thought about her own situation. The sound of her phone brought her back from her thought.
“Hey” She said to Olumide.
“Where are you?” She heard his voice.
“Hold on, let me put on my ear piece” She said.
“Ok, are you there?” She asked.
“Yes” Olumide answered.
“Where are you?” He asked again.”Ayomi has packed all her bags since I told her you were coming” He said laughing.
“Oh!, I’m on my way” She answered laughing. “Tell her I would be there soon” She said.
“Alright but I’m on my way to the airport now, I’ve got a flight to catch” He said.
“Alright, call me when you get to Port Harcourt” she said to him.
“You know I will” Olumide said hanging up.
Now, here is the part of the story that gets more interesting. Olumide meant it then when he told Victoria he did regretted ever introducing Albert to her. Since they were both friends back in the University, He had tried to put his feelings towards her quiet for fear of destroying the relationship they had together and fear of Victoria rejecting him so when Albert showed interest and begged him to introduced Victoria to him, he refused at first but after several pressure from Albert, he succeeded in forcing himself into her life. He had always regretted that in his life, he envied their relationship right from the start and couldn’t do anything about it. It was so difficult for him especially when they both traveled for their masters and he witnessed how Albert had flirt and slept with so many women, his lies, cheating and deceit but he couldn’t bring himself to tell Victoria. He had tried to forget his feelings for her and move on with his life; but when he came back with his 8months old baby, Victoria had been the one who stood by him all through the way.
How he loves her but could not bring himself to tell her. He felt so heart broken and angry each time Victoria comes crying to him about Albert but he had always restrain himself from talking. Almost five good years, they had walked in hand together in his company and in their lives, he has always pretended to be in an on and off dates but none of them meant anything to him. Six months ago when Victoria had announced that she had finally broken up with Albert for good, he had secretly celebrated but couldn’t bring himself to say anything to her, he had waited all these months to build up his courage but had no idea how to start. How would he profess love to His best friend and his friend’s ex girlfriend who he is still working his way up to get back? He felt perplexed.
The weekend went so fast with Victoria busy taking care of Ayomikun. She always do have the laugh of her life with series of questions from her. Victoria smiled to herself has she remembered her last enquirer.
“Aunty V” Ayomikun called out.
“Yes honey” Victoria answered giving her full attention.
“When will you come for sleep over at my house” She asked.
“Well, I don’t know, I guess I haven’t been invited” Victoria answered feeling cheeky.
“Well, I asked my Daddy and he said I should have faith” She said smiling.
“Hmm” Victoria said wondering.
“He said he’s working on it” Ayomikun said.
“Oh, I see!” Victoria said. “Then you need to have faith” She said smiling at her.
“Yes Aunty V, I know I need to have faith, so can you buy it for me, pleaseeeee” She said looking up to her.
“Oh dear!” Victoria laughed. “We can’t buy faith” She said
“Oh!” Ayomikun said disappointed. “Why?” She asked.
“Don’t be sad, for you to have faith, you have to believe that you will get what you want” Victoria said.
“What!” Ayomikun said confused.
“Alright, you know God loves you. so when you have faith, you have to believe in God to give you what you want” She said.
“So God can give me faith” Ayomikun said excited.
“Yes” Victoria replied.
“Then I will ask Him” She said excited.
The topic went on and on until she took her out to get some ice cream.
During the week, Olumide had made up his mind to speak with Victoria, he felt that no matter what, she should at least know how he felt about her. He had no idea how to go about it but he has a plan. He had invited Victoria to come over to his place to get some document for the office.
Just as Victoria entered, She saw Olumide standing in the middle of the living room, she noticed his dining table lit with dinner candles and food set on the table.
“What’s going?” She asked surprised.
Then Olumide showed her the first card in his hands.
“Hello” She read out.
“What is this about?” She asked amazed but Olumide made a signal to wait.
“Ok” Victoria said amused.
“I have something to tell you” She read as he flip the cards
“I have waited so long to tell you” She read loud.
“I am a total coward” She read
“and a fool” she read and look up at him.
“Why” She asked.
But Olumide flipped the cards
“Because I let you go” She read confused
“I have always loved you Vicky” She read
“But I have been a coward” She read, this time with all seriousness as she watched him flip again.
“I am in love with you Vicky” She read
“What!” Victoria said stunned unable to read further.
“Right back in school” Olumide voiced out.
“I have always loved you, I wanted tell you but when Albert came along, I couldn’t” He said soberly.
“What!” Victoria said again stunned.
“I had to wait and watch everything between you and Albert” He said.
He was silent for few seconds watching the expression on her face.
“How dare you?” Victoria shouted at him.
“I’m sorry, I know he’s my best friend but I can’t wait any longer” He said.
“No, I don’t care about Albert. How dare you have allowed me to go on with someone all these years who has caused me nothing but pain and sorrow” She shouted at him
“I wanted to tell you Vicky but I couldn’t” He said
“Yes, typical of you, you never tell me anything” She said in a disappointing tone.
“I was scared you would not accept me, I didn’t want you to think that I took you for granted knowing everything between you and Albert. I wanted you to know that I have always loved you right before Albert, even with all you had to go through. I was scared that you might think I just needed someone to take care of Ayomi, a mother to her and not a wife, you are my best friend, Vicky” He said looking gloomy.
“I am so so sorry Vicky, I do love you, I love everything about you, I want you to be my wife” He said in a soothing voice. “I have watched quietly all these years and I can’t stand it any longer” He said.
“Are you telling me this because you think Albert might woo me back” She said at him but he was silent.
“What if he wasn’t coming back for me, how long would you would have taken to tell me” She asked searching his face.
“I do….” He tried to say.
Then the door bell interrupted them, he went to open the door.
“Albert!” he shouted surprised.
“Hey man!” Albert said excited.
“How….” Olumide tried to say.
“C’mon man, help me with these bags” Albert said pulling the bags to him.
“Oh I’m so glad to see you” He said as he found his way in.
Then, he spotted Victoria who was frozen in shock.
“My God!” Vicky” He said excited going to hug her. He pulled her tightly to himself while Vicky was still shock.
“Oh, I have missed you so much. You are here” He said pulling her closer. “I wasn’t sure Olumide would get you here for me”, he said as he watched her face with so much excitement.
“Thank you man!” he said to Olumide.
Both Olumide and Vicky were still in shock of seeing him, seems only Albert was doing all the taking at once and took no notice of the tension in the room.
“I tried your phone all through the weekend but nothing, so I thought I might as well email you everything I wanted and you did it man, I am so lucky to have you as my friend, even for you to have brought her here for me, waiting for me, whoa man!, you did good” He said going to hug his friend.
Olumide had left his charger back home when he travelled last weekend so he was unable to receive any calls, although he saw an email message from Albert but he had totally ignored it, he didn’t even bother to read its content. Now to think Albert had planned to come today of all days, even to meet Victoria right in his living room infuriated him but he had to control his anger and go along with things. He could sense how angry Victoria was and he dared not look at her face.
“And you made me dinner” Albert’s voice brought him back from his thought.
“Thank you honey” He said as he kissed Victoria on her cheek.
Victoria felt anger rising within her and it took all the strength she had to control herself, she felt so disgusted as he touched her. She couldn’t believe all this was happening, she tried looking at Olumide but aware that he’s trying to avoid her gaze. She saw how surprised he is at this whole scenario; then she realized she had to get out, now.
“I have to go” she said taking her bag
“Oh sweetheart, I just got in” Albert said holding her hands
“I…” She tried to search for the right words as she felt her blood boiling in angry.
“She’s been here a long time” Olumide quickly said. “She’s probably tired” he added.
“Yes” Victoria nodded. “I have to go now” She said.
“Alright then” He said feeling disappointed. “I will walk you to your car” He said as he followed behind her.
As they got to her car, he quickly open the car door for her.
“Are you sure you don’t want to stay” He asking smiling. “You can even spend the night here, I’m sure Olumide wouldn’t mind” He said in a smirk face.
“No, I won’t spend the night here” she blurted out.
“Alright” Albert quickly say.
“I will see you tomorrow then” He said as he watched her switch her engine on.
Albert was so excited as he ran back inside to Olumide.
“Thank you man, you don’t know how much this mean to me, I haven’t spoken to her in six months and you were able to get her here for me, she even did cooked, you are the best man” He said slapping him on the back.
“C’mon, let’s eat up” He said as he pulled a chair for himself to eat. “C’mon” he said again as Olumide was just standing there.
Olumide felt his plans has been thwarted as he watched in frustration how Albert went about feeling on top of the world. He listened in frustration as Albert went on how he planned to get Victoria back into his life and make things right by her, how he had decided to change for the better and have a stable life and family. Olumide felt like slapping him as he heard him speak about change, he knew him too well. As they were talking, he saw him log into his blackberry chatting all the way, grinning as he went on. Olumide had to excuse himself to his room as he felt disgusted at his friend.
“Alright then, see you tomorrow” Albert said still locked on his typing.
“Hey” Albert said looking up, “Can I borrow your car tomorrow, got some couple of places I have to go” He said.
“Sure” Olumide answered as he left for his room.
To be Continued………………..