Dele walked into the sitting room, picking up a remote from the center table and flicked on the Tv set. He sat down on the floor and leaned his against the chair flicking through the Tv channels. He heard a knock at the door, he got up walking toward the door.
Kemi stared at him with a gaze steady and firm.
“What do you want?” Dele asked with a frown.
“I wants to talk to you.”
“There is nothing to talk about,” barely controlled anger hardened his words. “How many times do i have to tell you that this relationship is…over.”
“What have done?” Kemi said slowly. “Dele why are you doing this to me?”
“Doing what?” He snapped.”I am no longer interested. Don’t you understand?” He yelled.
“Please don’t do this to me,” tears welled her eyes. “You know how much i love you.”
Dele smacked his arm on his forehead. “Gosh!” He let out an explosive breath. “Look, i have lost it all. I don’t love you anymore.”
“Dele. You.” She sounded breathless. “After all those years,” she sobbed. “This is how you repay my loyalty and love for you. Dele.”
Dele pulled out a deep breath and stared at her. “I have told you, it’s over. period.” He tuned and shut the door behind him.
Kemi stood staring in confusion. What is going on? She let out a deep breath and turned waking out the compound.
Kemi got into her apartment and sank onto the bed as she let the tears flow. She couldn’t believe what is happening to her. Why would Dele do this to me? A man she’d known and truly love for over four years, denied her. What have i done wrong? All the good time she’d spent with Dele flashed in her mind. She lay crying like a baby. She heard a knock at the front door, she moved slowly, her legs not responding well to her brains demands. She tried to stand, but her legs wouldn’t support her, she landed in a heap on the floor, bracing herself with her hands. A cry ripped from her throat, she lay, on the floor, stunned, crying, her dress twisted around her hips.
Bukky jerked the door open and stopped, staring at Kemi in dull shock. “Kemi!” Kneeling beside her quickly. “What happened?”
“Dele,” she said soberly. “Dele dumps me.”
“Oh!” Bukky drew her up gently and sat her down on the bed. She had never seen Kemi cry before.
“I don’t know why.”
Bukky sat beside her and put her arm around her. “It’s okay. You don’t need to cry.” She said slowly.
Kemi wiped her eyes with the bark of her hand like a child. “What have i done?”
“It’s okay na. Haba,” Bukky said. “Do you want kill yourself for someone who does not give a damn about you?” she stood up. “Get a life., it’s part of the game. Ore (friend)” she sat back beside her. “Life goes on. It’s okay.”
Kemi stared at her silently. It’s easier said than done, she thought, her heart had been broken, the pain is so different, worse than anything. But life never stand still, she thought, she once lived without Dele, she was once a single, alone. She drew herself up and wiped her tears.
“I will make you something.” Bukky said, walking out of the room.
Dele checked his watch as he settled into his car. He steered with one hand and making a call with his cell phone with the other. “Hello baby.” He said into the phone.
“Where are you?” Dele asked.
“I just got home.”
“Okay baby, i will be there in a short time.” He stopped for traffic light, the red light reflecting in his face. “Get ready, i am taking you out.”
It was a warm fall evening after a rain. Kemi was returning from work nodding her head to a music playing out from her car stereo. i have not seen bukky for two days now, she thought. She took a quick glance at watch. She rolled into a street and stop. She made it to bukky’s apartment and knocked.
Bukky opened the door and stared at kemi with a big shock. “Ke…mi.”
“Bukky.” Kemi smiled as she took a step forward.
Bukky took a step in front of her to block her. “You….cant come in.” Her voice trembled.
Kemi looked at her in surprise. “Why?”
“Baby it’s getting late,” a male voice came from inside. “We need to be going.”
Kemi shocked at the familiar voice. She pushed Bukky out of the way and jerked into her apartment. Kemi stared in a big shock, she couldn’t believe her eyes. “Dele.” She jerked her gaze to Bukky and back to Dele. “What!”
TO BE CONTINUED.