Oceans Apart (9) by Milli

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When Dozie and Eno had finished eating, Dozie explained all that had been happening between him and Behi. He was really sad. Eno knew better not to tell him what was going on because he had exams soon. Knowing Behi was “With” Bimbo would really break his heart. He was not even sure what was going on between them.  He made a mental note to call Bimbo to ask him what was really going on between him and Behi. The last they spoke he had told him they were closer than ever and he had warned him not to try and stop him.

The weekend went by fast and Dozie had to return to London. His exams were starting on Wednesday. For that period he knew he had to push away all his straying thoughts about Behi and focus on studying for his exams. She had sent him some lovely messages wishing him all the best and telling him how much she loved him. He was really elated about it but deep down he knew something was wrong. Anyway he was scheduled to go back to Nigeria a few days after his exams but Behi didn’t know about it. He was going to surprise her and he silently prayed that he would not be the one that will be surprised himself.

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It was a Sunday afternoon. Bimbo was lying down lazily on his bed with his phone and was checking pictures on Instagram. He had been off it for a while. He decided to check Osas’s page to see what she had been up too. They had not really been on good terms since he had started hanging out with Behi again. She had posted quite a number of pictures at different outings the most recent picture was one showing “I miss U” without a caption. He wondered who she was referring to.

He then went on to check Behi’s page she had posted a few pictures of herself and her colleagues. Of course on her Ig page he had seen pictures of her and the boyfriend. He wondered what she saw in him. As far as he was concerned pertaining to looks he was better looking and had things going on well for him a great job, nice car and a lovely apartment to himself. Dude was probably still leaving with parents. Behi had tagged him in the photo but Bimbo did not even bother opening his page because he felt it was unnecessary.

He had to admit to himself that however, the process of getting her back….well almost back had not been difficult at all. She had followed him on Instagram not long after he started following her and they had started chatting via dms. She was quite cold and uptight the first few times they had hung out but as time went on she became relaxed and opened up more. She always answered his calls and returned them back whenever she had missed them. She even used to send him random pictures of herself at work or at the mall or something. He had her.

However, he noticed she hardly ever talked about her boyfriend when they were together even when he probed she stylishly just brushed the question aside. He figured they had probably started having issues because of the distance. Still lost in thought, there was a knock on his door. He dropped his phone and went to check who it was. They were his friends Chuki and Tomisin. They were good friends with Eno as well but it was Eno Bimbo was closest to. They came in and they greeted and sat down. Bimbo knew they were coming and had ordered some food and got drinks for them. Of course they were overjoyed when he brought out the food and drinks. Getting settled to munch away Chuki mistakenly sat on Bimbo’s phone. He quickly got up and apologized but his eye had seen the picture was looking at. He recognized Behi immediately and said to Bimbo

‘Hmmm, Bimbo how far are you guys now officially back together?”

“Yes o…him and that his former babe…I trust you na. You are capable” Tomisin said

Tomisin and Chuki knew Bimbo had been in the process of getting Behi back. Chuki had told him to forget about her and find someone else while Tomisin always encouraged him to press on.

Bimbo explained that he was yet to officially ask her out but he was confident she was going to say yes. They had been hanging out and things were looking positive. He was proud of himself. He admitted to his friends that he was really immature at first when they were together. He liked her a lot no doubt but the truth was he did not want something so serious. However when he realised she was actually decent he wanted to keep her by the side and still frolic around with other girls. He knew she really did love and care for him but he did not appreciate her one bit. However now he had another chance and he was not going to mess things up this time. His friends teased him about his speech and encouraged him to be the good guy he was not before to her this time.

However Chuki told him that he should be careful with her. He questioned how freely and easily she accepted to hang out with him.

“Just be careful guy, because this one wey she just agree dey go out with you like this after wetin you do am you sure say she no get anything for mind.”

“Ah ah guy….you sha no wan make this come back happen…na Behi na she dey too innocent she no fit do anything.” Tomisin said.

“No mind am jare….better go look for your babe.” Bimbo said. “See eh I don get her back already…no story.”

“Okay o I have heard stories….girls can be something else”…Chuki said.

“Not Behi….she is not one to go hay wire….her head no fit touch.” Bimbo said confidently

“Alright.” said Chuki.

With that, they switched on the Tv and started watching some football.

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Behi knew it was time to pull the plug on Bimbo. She was excited about it. She still could not understand why she wanted to get back at him so badly. Deep down she knew she should not be doing this to him. She should just forgive and let things go. It was there in the Bible in 1Peter 3:9: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”

She was still really hurt about what he did even after all this time. Apparently he had actually really changed and was not the silly guy he used to be back then. She was excited about it but deep down she actually felt lonely. She could not remember the last she spoke to Osas and she missed her dearly. She was a great friend she had tried to reach out to her but she had been too hot headed because she just wanted to hurt Bimbo. Dozie on the other hand had been busy with exams and she decided to give him some space. The only person that really made her happy if she really wanted to be honest with herself was Bimbo. He made her really happy and had become a true gentleman. She wished he had been like that when they dated at first. She quickly brushed the thought aside she had to act fast so that she would not get distracted. As if right on cue, her phone rang and it was Bimbo. They talked for a while and decided to hang out on Friday that week. After the call Behi said to herself “Friday it is…you will get what you deserve.”

TWO DAYS LATER

“Bimbo listen to me you need to leave her alone!!!!!” Eno shouted angrily over the phone

“What is wrong with you sef”, I did not force her she made her own choice, why are you so annoyed sef….abi you like her ni or there is something that you are not telling me.” Bimbo snapped back at him.

“She has a boyfriend Bimbo this will not end well….trust me”.

“It has already ended well….

“I have warned you”

There was silence for a few seconds. Eno could not bring himself to tell him Behi just wanted to get back at him.

“Guy come on let us not fight about this now I am so close to getting her back”.

“I have told you it is best to stay away and not go along with what you intend to do takia.”

Eno had been trying to discourage Bimbo from asking Behi out for a while now and Bimbo had blatantly refused to listen. As if that was not enough Dozie had told him a few days ago that he was going to back to Nigeria for summer and he wanted to surprise Behi.  He did not even want to imagine what will happen if Dozie found out that Bimbo and Behi had been hanging out. To make matters worse he was in the middle of all this. What would happen if they both found out he knew what was happening all along? He decided that he would do what he culd to managethe situation as much as possible but deep down he knew this was definitely not going to end well.

The last time Dozie visited him, he had gone through his phone while Dozie was sleeping and had gotten Behi’s phone number, Instagram handle and Facebook name. He had followed her on Instagram and sent her a request on facebook but she never replied any of his Dms or accepted his friend request on facebook. He finally sent her a very long message introducing himself and explaining he was friends with both Dozie and Bimbo and what she was doing was not right. He was sure she would remember her as he had included the few occasions where they had met when she was still with Bimbo.

Behi could not believe her eyes when she saw Eno’s message. She had ignored all the messages he had sent and did not bother to check his profile to see who he was. He had sent dms on Instagram and messages to her on facebook telling her he needed to talk to her and it was really important. She simply taught he was some guy trying to toast her and ignored him. She opened his profile and saw he was really the one. She had met him a couple of times when she and Bimbo were still together he had always told her Eno was his closest friend. Now it turned out he knew Dozie and they were good friends as well. Bimbo had been keeping him updated with what had been happening. He wanted to know what was really going on between her and Bimbo. Were they were really serious or were they just fooling around? Behi didn’t know what to do she stared at the message for a while before she replied.

 She replied, opening up to Eno about what she wanted to do. The game was on Bimbo and she just wanted to get back at him. However she could not just back out now she had Bimbo where she wanted him and it was almost time to strike. Eno tried his best to convince her that she should stop what he was doing. He almost let the cat out of the bag as he almost mentioned that Dozie was coming back to Nigeria but she simply refused to listen. However some part of him did not blame her because Bimbo did not treat her right at all and she did not deserve to be treated so badly. At the same time he knew this revenge plan would not end well. He said a prayer to God to take control of the situation.

Tomi Adesina’s George’s Pieces of Me

Good morning!

Here’s an official invitation to the launch of Tomi Adesina’s new novel! IMG_20170724_203123_939.jpg

About the Author

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Tomi Adesina was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a fiction blogger and screenwriter.  In 2013 she won the Nigerian Blog Awards for her blog fiction series and in 2015 her screenplay on cyberbullying (Feisty John) won the Homevida Prize. She also won the Nigerian Writers Award for Best Young Writer in 2015 and her short stories have been featured in magazines across Africa. She lives in Lagos where she is working on a new novel.

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The book, George’s Pieces of Me is a collection of poems and short stories exploring the complexities of human existence, an unending search for homes in people and journey towards redemption.

We already have advance praise for the book;

“In George’s Pieces of Me, Tomi Adesina styles poetry and prose with imagination, mischief and charm. Her vignettes are more than just stories: they are wistful commentaries on existentialism, triggered by social expectations. Adesina prompts the reader towards self-assured social rebellion, and then pulls us back to stoic acceptance of the vicissitudes of life. The thoughts in this book will stay with you long after the pages are closed.”

Ayo Sogunro, Author of Everything in Nigeria is Going to Kill You

“The stories explore loving, loss, internalizing the pain of loss and finding home. Tomi’s voice is clear in this piece of work, without drowning the voices of her characters who we meet briefly but whose stories will linger with us for a long time.”

Tunde Leye, Author of Guardians of the Seal

“Adesina’s work is a reflection of hope, love and the burden of fate. She twists the tale of old age to reveal an eternal spring of life’s realities. Here is a writer with compulsive and engaging stories to tell.”

Hannah Ojo of The Nation

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If you’re in Lagos, please make it a date!

Oceans Apart (8) by Milli

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‘Thanks for coming out to see me,” Bimbo said with a smile.

“You are welcome”, Behi with a straight face.

Bimbo had communicated with Behi for the past few weeks by sending her DMs on instagram. She had actually followed him back when he followed her first. Bimbo was elated. He even told Eno about it. She took a while to respond to his DMs but she eventually responded.  When she finally decided to meet up with him he knew he had her. He just had to take things step by step.

“Okay so I have a lot to tell you Behi…..

She looked straight into his eyes not saying a word.

“Please could you not look at me like that…it’s uncomfortable”

“How…you said you have a lot of things to say so I am waiting for you say them.”

“Well…. I…. but he cut short by the ringtone of Behi’s phone.

She picked her phone and looked at who was calling it was Osas. She knew if she picked up all Osas will try to do is to convince her out of her revenge plan. So she didn’t pick up.

“Hmmm….I wonder who she is avoiding”, Bimbo said with a sly smile

“It’s really none of your business” Behi snapped at him.

Bimbo was a bit startled, The Behi he once knew would have never snapped at him like that.

“Ermm….I am sorry I didn’t mean to pry….so back to what I was saying…”

He told her how sorry he was for all the terrible things he had done when they were together. He also told her that he had changed and that she should please find it in her heart to forgive him.  He told her about his job and how his boss had always commended him because of the way he carries out his duties. While all this was going on, Osas kept calling but Behi didn’t pick up at some point she put her phone on silent.

Behi noticed that Bimbo was actually quite sober but she also knew that he could be pretending. She was angry that Osas had been calling her. She had already made up her mind that she was going give Bimbo a taste of his own medicine. She also told him about work but she did not mention that she had a boyfriend. She tried to be quite uptight so that he would not get too comfortable with her. They finally said their good byes and both went their separate ways.

Less than twenty minutes after Behi got back there was a loud knock on the door. She sighed and went to open it. She already knew who it was

“Sister Revenge, you have started with your plan abi?” Osas said rather crossly

“Your plan is now making you to ignore me abi?”

“I was on an outing with someone and you knew that. You should not have bothered calling.” Behi said in a very cold tone.

Osas was surprised. What is happening to her friend?  She decided to calm down and talk to her.

She sat beside her and said “Behi, trust me this is not going to get you anywhere. You are only going to get yourself burnt. Please drop this whole revenge plan”,

“I will not” Behi said “He should know what it feels like to be cheated on.”

“Bimbo can be very sly and manipulative Behi…before you know it you will fall for his charm.”

“Trust me I can never fall for him “.

“You cannot be too sure..my dear friend please…think about your relationship with Dozie, you both have something wonderful please do not let Bimbo destroy it by letting him back into your life.

“Hmmm some people are now preaching, nothing you say is going to make me change my mind,” Behi said angrily.

Osas was shocked, she was not sure if this was her friend talking. She wondered where all this anger was coming from. She decided to try one more time to talk some sense into her best friend’s head but Behi refused to listen. Osas got annoyed and left the house leaving Behi and her thoughts alone.

She herself did not understand why she was hell bent on getting back at Bimbo.

Behi continued hanging out with Bimbo and because of this, she was not on best terms with Osas.  Somehow she had gotten so consumed with getting back at Bimbo that she began to get distracted and this started to affect her relationship with Dozie.  Dozie knew there was something up and began to get worried.  School had become really hectic because exams were fast approaching and one Thursday he decided he needed to get away for some time to clear his head. He called Eno and asked if he could come and stay with him for the weekend. Eno immediately agreed and after class on Friday he headed to Coventry.

While he waited for his train at the station he plugged in his ear and listened to some music by Elton John to calm him down a bit. Different thoughts ran through his head. What if Behi was seeing someone else and was not interested in him anymore. He didn’t even want phantom that. His heart will be torn to pieces. Maybe she was just busy with work probably some extra duties had been given to her or was Osas putting ideas into her head? He had missed her so much. He saw some couples all loved up in the station and that just made him miss her more.  His train finally came and he had to leave. He slept through most of the journey and was lucky he did not miss his stop.

Eno met his friend at the door and he knew there was something wrong with him.

Eno had known this time will come. He had been communicating with Bimbo and Bimbo had been telling him what had been happening with Behi.  They had been hung out frequently and they had been getting rather close. Eno did not tell him that he knew Dozie and Dozie on the other hand did not know he knew Bimbo. He decided to listen to what Dozie had to say before he will know what to do next.

“Guy you don’t look good at all, come and eat and relax for a while then we can talk.”

“Thanks…been really stressed of late…..I….”

“Guy……come and eat first then we can talk” Eno cut him off.

Oceans Apart (7) by Milli

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“Vivian!!!” Amara shouted as she went to hug her friend. “I have missed you”.

“Aww I have missed you too hun…its been so long”.

“Yes it has, its so great to see you.”

Vivian and Amara exchanged pleasantries and started gisting on the way back to Amara’s place.

“How is Nigeria?”

“It’s there jare…I hope you are ready for me because I am so going on a shopping spree here.”

“Don’t worry, I know where to take you to.’

“This your accent sef that somebody cannot even hear what you are saying”.

“No be my fault now”. Amara said as she tried to speak pidgin English.

“Choi….abeg abeg please don’t ever try to speak pidgin English again …you sound terrible.” Vivian mocked Amara.

“You are not serious”.

They continued to talk and gist all the way home. When they got back Amara had prepared some food and Vivian was impressed. The food tasted really nice and she commended her.

“So when do you plan to meet up with Dozie.”

“Hmmm….well one of these days sha.

“Let me know o….at least let it be a day when we do not have plenty classes.

“okay”

“But babe…you dulled o….how could you have such a guy as your friend and still be dating all those your useless boyfriends that were always misbehaving”

“My dear….I did not realise on time. I was just carried away and did not know I had someone good right there beside me. Now he has a girlfriend so I can’t even…

“And so?”

“Huh”

“He has a girlfriend…so what?”

“Babe….don’t go there.”

“Listen to me Vivian this might be the only opportunity you have, good guys are hard to find.”

Vivian could not believe Amara was saying this.

“Are you saying that I should try and steal Dozie away from his girlfriend?”

“Yes my dear that is what I am saying.”

“Amara I will not do such”.

“We really do not have so many classes on Friday is that day okay for you guys to hangout?” Amara asked pretending like she did not hear what Vivian said.

“Amara!!!”

“Will let him know.”

Vivian was not exactly happy with Amara. Dozie was a good guy and yes she admitted to herself that she had missed an opportunity but there was no way she was going to try and steal him away. She knew he really loved his girlfriend and did not want to come in between them.

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“So you will be meeting with Vivian by 6pm today at Nandos in Brent Cross Shopping Centre. Amara said happily.

“Yes Ma”, Dozie smiled. He was actually looking forward to seeing Vivian it had been so long.

At 5.30pm he left the school lounge and made his way to the shopping centre. Vivian had buzzed that she was already on her way. They had talked on the phone for the first time the previous day and it was so nice to hear her voice. Luckily he got there before her. He waited for about fifteen minutes before she arrived.

“Dozie!!!” Vivian literally screamed. She was elated to see him.

“Darling” Dozie said and gave her a big hug. “How are you?”

“I am fine o”, she said as they settled down into their seats.

Vivian looked at Dozie and he looked way more handsome than the last time she had actually seen him.  He had gotten bigger and looked more ‘manly’. He really looked good.

They caught up on each other’s lives. Vivian explained was working in one of the telecommunication companies and was earning a good salary, she was single as well and had stopped dating silly guys. Dozie also told her about school and Behi and how much he missed her. He also told her a couple of girls had been on his case and she teased him about how the ladies had always and still liked him. They talked for a long time until Vivian decided to call it a day.

Dozie also took some time to look at Vivian as they talked. She looked really beautiful and seemed to have put on some good weight. She had always been quite slim. She wore a black turtle neck blouse and blue jeans which really showed her nice figure. He had to admit that she really looked good.  He quickly flashed back to when he tried to make a move on her but quickly discarded the thought. He really didn’t want to start getting funny ideas.

Dozie had escorted Vivian to her bus stop and they said their goodbyes.  They decided to see one more time before Vivian left for Nigeria. As she sat in the bus on her way back to Amara’s house, she felt a wave of regret. Dozie was the perfect guy and had actually tried to make a move on her but she buzzed him off. Being the respectful guy he was he never tried again it again. Why had she not noticed how sweet and kind he was. They had been friends for so long. She was so tired of dating silly guys . She remembered what Amara had said earlier that week.  Some part of her actually considered it she tried to brush off the thought but she couldn’t help it. Was this really her opportunity? Could she really get Dozie to fall for her? How could she even do it? She pondered on all this on her way home.

2 WEEKS LATER

“I am going to miss you hun” , Amara said. “Same here dearie, thanks for having me, I had a great time,” said Vivian.  It was time for Vivian to head back to Nigeria. They were both packing her things into the cab at Amaras house.

“ I hope you are still not feeling silly about the other day,” Amara asked with pitiful look.

“Please don’t remind me,” Vivian said with a sigh “It’s all your fault…I shouldn’t have listened to you.”

“Come on, I was only trying to help…just wanted you to see the good in front of you.”

“Okay, please lets not talk about it…I want to go back to Nigeria happy. Vivian smiled

“That’s my girl.” Amara said and gave her a high five.

Deep down Vivian still felt quite humiliated and embarrassed. She had decided to take Amara’s advice and make a move on Dozie and it was a total disaster. She had convinced him the next time they were to see that he should come to Amara’s and they could have dinner over there. Amara had also planned to go out that evening so they will have the house to themselves. Dozie did not see anything wrong with the proposal because he thought Amara was going to be there.

Vivian made some food, dressed really nicely and greeted Dozie with a warm smile when he came in through the door. Dozie noticed how lovely she looked as commended her. She had given him a peck on the cheek when they hugged. Dozie felt a bit startled but quickly brushed the feeling aside. He called for Amara but Vivian told him she had gone out. Dozie immediately felt uncomfortable. The last person he really shouldn’t be alone with was Vivian. After that night they saw he had been thinking different thoughts. What could have been if they had actually got together. She was pretty and smart and had a great personality. At some point he even found himself comparing her with Behi. He spoken to Eno about it and Eno had told him to refocus his thoughts on Behi and Vivian was just a distraction.

Now here he was alone with Vivian. He said a little prayer to God for self control. They sat down to eat and Dozie was thankful that Vivian sat across him and not beside him. The food was delicious and for a split second he found himself comparing her and Behi’s food. He quickly snapped out of it. They gisted and Dozie found himself looking at Vivian in ways he should not be looking. To be honest Vivian was beautiful his mind began to think funny thoughts few seconds later, Vivan stood up to sit beside him. She smelt so nice and womanly. At that point Dozie knew he had to do something fast. He quickly excused himself and went to the bathroom.

Vivian had noticed the way Dozie was looking at her and that was why she went to sit beside him. This was a good idea she smiled to herself. She patiently waited for him to get out of the bathroom.  In the bathroom, Dozie knew he had to make up some sort of excuse to leave if not he would end up crossing the line. When he got out he quickly told Vivian that he had to go.

“I have to go now V, something just came up, will explain you later”,

“What happened”, Vivian said surprised and little disappointed

“Will see you later V….”

“I leave for Nigeria in a few days.”

“I’ll make it up to you..I promise”  Dozie says and he starts looking around for his jacket.

Without thinking Vivian reaches to Dozie and kisses him…. a short kiss. There is an awkward silence for what seems like forever.

‘”Im sorry, Vivian says and immediately moves away from him.”

Dozie stares and her for a while Vivian cannot quite read his expression…he says goodnight and leaves.

He had not called or messaged her since then.

“If its meant to be it will be everything will be fine dear”, Amara said.

“Thanks babe”, Vivian said with a small smile.

In a few seconds they were on instagram watching some funny videos and laughing away.

Exhibit A

I watched him pause and angle his hands dramatically in the middle of the road as he attempted to toss an empty Ribena can into a bin. The can fell a few inches short and his friends guffawed loudly. I smiled and kept walking till I drew up beside them.

“You’re no Lebron James. That’s sad.”

He flashed me a grin and replied “Not yet. I’m getting there though.”

I gave him my signature Macleans smile as I stretched out my hand to him.

“Bimpe. Nice to meet you.”

He shook my hand warmly as we moved along.

“Ola. Nice to meet you too.”

“You have really nice hands. Small, but nice.”

I couldn’t help it. His hands were indeed small and his palms were soft which in my experience was unusual for a guy.

“Small hands, large heart.” He said.

I laughed again.

“You’d need to adduce evidence to that. He who asserts must prove.”

“How about lunch for exhibit A?”

One of his friends whistled and I smiled. I hesitated for a few seconds.

“Sure thing. But do not assume that you’ll convince the court on the basis on a single piece of evidence.”

“As long as I have my time in court, I am more than happy to introduce as many as may be required.”

I shrugged. I didn’t even realise we’d been holding hands till we got to the end of the road. Reluctantly, I pulled mine away. I flashed him another Macleans smile and said,

“I’ll see you in court.”

No one told me Law School would be this interesting 

Oceans Apart (6) by Milli 


“I’m so tired of this coursework” Amara said as she burying her face in her hands.

“I feel the same way” said Dozie.

Amara and Dozie were classmates and were working on an assignment in the library for about three hours.  They had grown quite close but Dozie had always known where to draw the line. Amara actually reminded him of Behi with her physique and in some other ways but she didn’t have those beautiful eyes that Behi had. Amara had lived in London since she was five so she had a British accent. Dozie had to really listen to her carefully to hear what she was saying. She was very pretty he admitted to himself most times but Behi was his world. They had facetimed earlier that day because he had to a busy day ahead of him.

“Dozie please can we stop and continue tomorrow…I can’t just continue anymore”

“Hmmm…..well I’m tired too…guess we can continue tomorrow but we have to finish it. I don’t want to do this over the weekend.”

‘Okay” Amara said.

With that they packed up their things and left the library.

Heading to the bustop, Amara threw in a random question out of the blues.

“When last did you hear from Vivian?”

“Erm…who?” Dozie asked a little surprised

“Your friend Vivian or you cannot remember her again?”

“The two of you know each other?”

“Yes she’s my family friend”

“No way!!!!” Dozie exclaimed, he couldn’t believe it

“Yea…well she said you guys haven’t really been talking of late….infact she said since you started dating your girlfriend you haven’t really had time for her”

Dozie admitted to himself that it was true but he thought Vivian would understand they couldn’t spend as much time as they usually did. They were at the bustop waiting for the bus now.

“She said you totally abandoned her” Amara continued “That’s not very nice…the fact that you have a girlfriend does not mean you would abandon your friend. A close one at that”

“I didn’t….I mean…I….”

“Yea yea….anyway…you can mend your friendship. She is coming in tomorrow.”

“What?? coming in where?”

Amara gave a him a puzzled look

“London of course….she’s just coming to visit…she’s on leave.”

“Okay…what can I say….it’s a small world”

“She’s told me a lot about you…which I have seen for myself.”

“Things like what?”

“Not telling you” and she stuck her tongue out at him.

“Hmmm…okay o”

The bus came and they boarded the bus.

“Well I admit I am guilty of not keeping in touch”

“Well I am curious though” Amara said with a small smile

“Curious about what?” Dozie asked

“Curious about the both of you….I mean you are a handsome guy…Vivian is a cute girl. You want to tell me nothing ever happened between you two…I mean did you guys ever get together or ..”

“Nah nothing ever happened between us…we were just good friends.”

“Okay so you were never attracted to her or..”

“No I wasn’t…besides she had too many guy issues” He laughed as he said it.

“Why are you asking though?”

“Nothing…just curious. Well I knew all about them. We had always kept in touch, When I told her the school I was going to for masters she told me about you.”

“Yes I did let her know I was leaving the country”

“Yea and it’s my stop…I need to get down here. I would link the both of you up when she gets in…take care.”

“Okay…bye”.

Dozie had mixed feelings about seeing Vivian again. He had lied to Amara of course at some point he was attracted to Vivian but she had a boyfriend at that time. He had tried to kiss her once but she had stopped him. Since that day he told himself he would never look at her “that way” and over time he became like a brother to her. However it wasn’t that easy there were times when he wished he could just cuddle up with her for a bit. She was just always so busy…having one boyfriend or the other and she was not attracted to him in anyway…or so he thought. He wondered what she had told Amara. She must have told her about the time when he tried to kiss her if not she wouldn’t have been asking him those questions. He finally got to his bustop and went indoors.

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“Finally some people are here”  Osas said frowning

“I am so sorry dear…the meeting was a lengthy one”.

“It’s alright…let’s order.

They did that and talked about work for a while.

“So why did you want to see me, what was so important?”

“Hmmm….I met up with Bimbo earlier today”.

“Oh….

“Behi he wants to get you back by all means….I know I was telling you to the last time to just play and along just for fun but….. I think you should just free the matter abeg.”

Behi looked at her friend not saying anything.

“Babe….say something why are you quiet”.

Behi had silently processed what her best friend had said there was a part of her wanted to just let it go but there was another part of her that wanted him to pay for all the hurt he had caused her. She remembered how heartbroken because she was because of all his cheating. She remembered how long it took her to get over him.

Behi!!!!

“Yes,” she said snapping out of her thoughts.

“Did you listen to everything I said?”

“Yes I did”.

“So…..”

“I am going to give him a taste of his own medicine”, Behi said with a straight face.

“What?”

“Yes let him know how it feels to be really heartbroken.”

Osas was surprised….she could not believe this was her best friend talking.

“Behi…please”

“Stay out of this Osas”

Osas knew her friend could be quite stubborn but this whole revenge thing was a different side to her.

“Babe it is not necessary, you will get your hands burnt”

“My mind is made up already”.

Osas decided not to push further and decided to talk about something else. She decided to try her best to keep tabs on Behi and her plans to break Bimbo’s heart.

For Seun Odukoya; Not all Superheroes Wear Capes

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I have written about you so many times. I have spoken about you till I’m blue in the face. Anyone who knows me has had their ears filled with my tales of your awesomeness. But somehow, all these don’t even feel enough. How do I thank you enough for all that you do? How do I let you know just how much I appreciate you? How do I express gratitude for your unwavering loyalty and your consistent love?

Dearest Seun Odukoya, I have been privileged to have so many rainbows colour my life and you are one of the distinct ones. In the last 4 years, we have gone from Twitter followers to _______ friends, to boss and PA and now to an extension of each other. You are a part of me. It doesn’t feel like you’re another person. It just feels like you are an extended part of me.

There was a season in my life in that was fraught with lows and blues and most days were a struggle. But like the cape-less hero that you are, you showed up every single time, sharing love, light and bringing pure delight to my heart. I remember a particular day I went offline for a great many hours without any notice. After calling my phone unsuccessfully through the night, you left your home at 5am to try and find my house in Surulere, even though you’d only been there once with me at night. I’ll never forget that act of kindness. Ever. You earned the title of my real MVP then J

You’ve never let me feel like I a bother. Even in times where 9 out of 10 of my phone calls to you were to whine or rant or just be a baby, you remained rock solid and never let me feel small for being vulnerable. I am super, super thankful for you and I can never say this enough. You are one reason why I feel like I can do anything. Because I have seen you defy life and its attendant madness to chase your dreams. You have set your own manual and you live on your own terms and it is so lovely to see you set goals for yourself and pursue them relentlessly, even when it gets hard. I am so darn proud of you. Have I never told you before? Well, I am SO DARN PROUD OF YOU!!

You’re one of 2 men in my life, not related to me by blood that I would take a bullet for in the blink of an eye, without as much as a second thought. You have earned that spot with your kindness and your love. You go hard for me. From encouraging me to face my fears to holding my hands when I’m down to cheering me on in my victories… You my precious are one of the most amazing gifts I have received in my lifetime.

Thank you for doing life with me, thank you for the access you have given me, thank you for being a part of me and thank you for redefining friendship on a pure, wholesome level. I tell you all the time, they don’t make them like you no more. And that’s okay. One Seun Odukoya is enough to last me an entire lifetime. Because of you, I have learned to value every single one of my relationships on their own merit. I have learned that dreams are valid and that last last, even if things don’t work out as I want, I can always count on you to share a cocktail with me and laugh at pain or failure in the face.

I love you Seun. I am thankful for you. You’re a total rockstar. You’re my Superhero. And it’s a privilege to build greatness with you.

Cheers to the New Year. Kick ass!

Oge.