Gloria had to take deep breaths before she knew where she was. She wiped her face and rose from the bed. The banging at the door continued and Gloria guessed it was her landlord. Many of the tenants had rumored that he took special interest in disturbing tenants that were about leaving his house very early in the morning.
Gloria looked at her watch after flicking the switch in the room on, it was just 6:30am and she wondered why the old man had decided to be the devil at such an awkward time.
“Gloria! Please you have to open up now.” The familiar deep voice sent a shrill down her spine as it tore into her ears like a bass guitar. It was not who she had thought it would be.
“Bami?” She exclaimed
“Open. . .Please” was his eager reply.
Gloria’s mind suddenly reflected upon the dream she had just woken from, and it seemed everything else but coincidental that Bamigboye was the man at the door. It made her think at once that the dream was not a dream but more of a revelation. Then she feared what was going to happen if the dream indeed was anything near the truth. She feared what her decision would be.
Gloria unhooked the metal catcher of her door, and she watched the visitor trudged in almost stumbling.
“The marriage cannot work Gloria.” He was panting exhaustively and had to beat his chest vigorously in order to gain his breath.
“Bamiboye, I . . .”
“No! Gloria, do not say anything now!” Bamigboye’s eyes became clouded with tears and Gloria stood staring, the sudden apprehension tensed her like heat. “You could have told me – you should have told me, why? Gloria, Why do you want to do this to me?” His look became more melancholic, and Gloria couldn’t hold back what seemed like tears in her eyes to. What was her offence? She wondered, and worse still, Bami wasn’t ready to let her ask. “I can’t help it now though, I -”
“What is it Bami? What should I have told you?” She took advantage of a little break in his speech to voice her bewilderment, but because her voice sounded too harsh than she had wanted, she added quickly, “Dear, is everything alright?”
“Gloria, you know you are not a lady, you should -”
“What do you mean, Olabamigboyega? Are you calling me a girl or what? Bami, what is the meaning of this, this morning?” If her dream – or vision – was true, then he and not she, was to blame for infidelity.
Gloria loved Bami soo much, her fear wasn’t really that she would not marry him – she wasn’t even considering that an option even though she still had much choice of quitting, her fear was rather that he would not be upset about his impotency as she would also not mind it.
“Gloria, you know I love you with everything in my life. I only wished you had told me the complete truth before we got this far.” He cried wastefully, Gloria cold have savored the rare moment of this handsome face in tears if not that her eyes too shed tears like a running cassette.
“Bamigboye, if anyone should accuse anyone of not be sincere, then it should be me blaming you and not the other way round. Se ko si nkan ni aro yi sha? What made you think I ever kept anything from you? What actually is my offence?”
Bami’s tears reduced temporarily into deep sobs, “Gloria, I just saw the secret in a dream – in a vision. You are not a lady Gloria, you are not a girl – you are not female, I don’t even know what to call you, you don’t have female organs, you have a man’s thing!”
“Jesus!” Gloria flinched from him fearfully, as if he was a devil. It took seconds for her to understand that it could actually have been Satan playing tricks on them, by showing them both dreams that appeared so real and frightening. “Bamigboye. Me, a man’s thing ke? God forbid! I am a complete woman o. A COMPLETE WOMAN”
Bami’s eyes widened with stark surprise. He became skeptical about which side was true, the dream had been too real to be false, but her next words cut into his fears deeply. “See, Bami, I just had a dream that seemed so real too, it was two weeks after our wedding, I was upset that you had not touched me until, you confessed that you were impotent”
“Impotent!” He shouted defensively, instantly having the mad desire to rip off her clothes and show her right away that he had long hungered for her and he was just as fit to meet up that. “God forbid! I rebuke it in Jesus name.”
A sudden atmosphere of embarrassment swept through the room. It evaporated quickly with happy tentative smiles encroaching on their faces.
Bami cursed under his breath, the dream had made him so afraid, and above that, it had been so real, so real that Bami hadn’t changed from his pyjamas before heading straight to Gloria’s house to accuse her.
But was the dream a sign from God or the devil? From God could be a warning for them not to marry because they were not compatible for some reasons, or was the devil trying to play tricks on them, despite night and days of prayers and fasting? It couldn’t have been God though, because HE is not a wicked being; and HE knew how much Bami loved the damsel. Telling Bamigboye to out out of the love he had for Gloria was suicidal and it was the same in Gloria’s case too. So that telling them not to marry practically meant killing them both.
“Gloria, I promise you, in fact, I can prove it now and here that I am not impotent” Bami fell on his knees repentantly.
“Bamigboye, I believe you totally, you don’t need to prove it. But maybe you need to see for yourself that I am a full woman. I am not a transsexual at all. I do not have a man’s thing” Gloria’s voice sounded with high innocence. Her hands travelled impulsively and naively towards her light silk skirt, to prove it to him once and for all before the d-day.
He could have remained carried away and allow her to go ahead, but his religious conscious caught up with his swaying mind and brought him back to his senses. He ran towards her, and grabbed her hands.
She raised her hands in his towards the roof and they began to pray in a different language.
The dream was an obvious test of their love, and they did pass. The problem with most couple is the sincerity to the confession of “Together forever; for better and for worse“. This couple had actually prepared for more than the worse before even they married, and then no wonder during their fiftieth wedding anniversary, the testimony of friends, their six children and their thirteen grandchildren was simply, “We have never seen them quarrel over any matter. They are a perfect couple.”
If we prepared for the worst that could happen in our relationships, and we vow sincerely in our minds that, Come what may, I would never desert from my spouse and I will never hurt him/her, then thus, we would be building the PERFECT MARRIAGES that seem very rare.