Oceans Apart (13) by Milli

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Next Morning

Dozie looked at his phone for the umpteenth time. He was feeling all sorts of things. Anger, disgust, betrayal, hurt and so on. Pictures of Behi with some dude in different places. She looked really happy in the pictures. In fact the Bimbo guy had put the date and time each picture was taken. He had gone through each picture very carefully. He didn’t reply or send anything to Bimbo. Another message had come in this morning saying if he wanted to know more they could meet up. An address and phone number was there as well. He felt like he was in a movie. He could tell two of the pictures were recent because she had the same hairdo she was on when he had surprised her.  He didn’t know what to think. Another thing that really hurt him was the last line “P.s Eno knew about this.” How could Eno have known such and not said anything. Behi was coming around soon she definitely had a lot of explaining to do.

Behi looked at herself in the mirror one more time and said a silent prayer to God asking Him to forgive her and help her through the whole ordeal. She also prayed that Dozie would be able to understand the whole situation. After the prayer she took a deep breath and left for Dozie’s house. She wore a bright coloured top and a pair of jeans with very light makeup. On getting to the house she knocked and Emeka opened the door.

“Hey dear…Dozie is upstairs in his room.”

“Okay thanks Emeka… hope you are fine.”

“Yes I am… although I already miss mama’s cooking”

Behi laughed.

“I wish I had a girlfriend too o…I’m doing all my running around myself.”

“It’s you that is not ready …”

“Girls my age have plenty wahala…maybe when I’m Dozie’s age…let me not keep you waiting jare he’s waiting for you.”

“Okay dearie..cheers”

Emeka was such a nice cool guy Behi thought as she went upstairs to Dozie’s room. Maybe she could hook him up with one of her younger cousins. She decided she would tell Dozie and seek his opinion.

She knocked on the door and Dozie told her to come in.

“Hi booboo,” she said sounding all cheerful and moved towards him to give him a hug.

“Hi”, Dozie said rather coldly not making any move to hug her.

“Ah ah….why are you sounding like that, abi you are feeling homesick already?” Behi said teasing him.

“Care to explain the meaning of all this?”,Dozie said giving her his phone.

Behi looked puzzled and took the phone from him. Her eyes opened in surprise when she saw it. Bimbo had struck, he had sent the pictures they took together to Dozie.

“Dozie I can explain…I….”

“So while I was away you were having the time of your life with someone else….who is he? you better start talking now!!!”

Tears welled up in Behi’s eyes. She could see the big picture now. She had no clue that this silly revenge plan was going to mess up her relationship.

“I’m waitng…”

“It’s not what you think my love..it’s…it’s….”

“You can’t even talk….I feel so betrayed right now…”

“Dozie please”… She could not even find the words to speak

“Obehi if you are not ready to talk then you might as well get out of this house…I’m going to that address to meet up with the person so he can tell me more about your frolicking around. I thought you were different…I really thought you were.”

With that he snatched his phone from her took his keys and left.

Behi broke down and cried her eyes out.

Getting downstairs he dialed the number that was sent to him.

“Hello it’sDozie”

“Why I thought you will never call” The voice over the phone said cheerfully.

“Where did you get those pictures from and who is the guy in the picture

“The guy in the picture is me”

“What?”

“Yea…I am Bimbo…Bimbo Adekoya….you see you supposed girlfriend and I have a little history…just meet me at that address and I will tell you everything you need to know she is not the person you thought she was.”

“You know I rather you tell me now…over the phone”.

“Oh comeon…lets meet up and talk over a few drinks…that address I gave you is actually the address of a nice hang out spot…let’s talk about what was really going on while you were away”. You see a nice guy like you deserves to know..don’t you think?”

“Look…I will call you back later”.  Before Bimbo said anything else he hung up the phone.

Dozie sunk in one of the chairs beside him. Behi was still upstairs. He didn’t know what to do. Was he really going to meet up with some stranger to tell him what she had been doing or was he going to hear Behi’s side of the story first…he was so angry…he looked at the pictures one more time and the time each had been taken. They were mostly between the hours of 8 and 9pm and four of the pictures were taken the same period while he was having his exams. During that period she had decided to give him space to study and while he was doing that she was with this Bimbo dude. This meant she had lied every time she said she was home or when she said she was working late.

He was enraged. He had been so silly. He stormed upstairs and opened the door. She was sitting at a corner of the bed. She looked up at him and he noticed she had cried her eyes out. At the moment all the anger he felt somehow faded away and he felt the urge to hold her but he couldn’t bring himself to. She didn’t deserve to be comforted right now. In all of this he hated seeing her when she was sad. He walked towards her and sat down beside her. He held her hands in his. He knew there was some sort of explanation for this.

“Behi…I am giving you one last chance to explain what these pictures are all about if not I am going to leave you and go and hear it from Bimbo himself.”

“What did he tell you…please don’t believe anything he says…I beg you..he just wants to get back at me.” Behi pleaded.

“He has not told me anything…except for well…he said you are not the person I think you are.”

At the point her phone rang. It was Eno and Dozie could see the name clearly.

“Eno…hmmm…He knew all about this right?”  Dozie said raising his voice a little. He could feel the anger welling up in hum again

“Dozie …please understand…he was just trying to protect you.”

“Wait…how did he even get your number?” Dozie asked with anger and confusion in his voice.

“He got it from your phone…he really needed to talk to me”

“You know what I rather listen to a stranger’s side of the story…I am sick of all this. He knew you were with someone else and did not mention it.”

“Dozie he didn’t want you to be worried.”

Dozie took his phone and dialed Bimbo’s number.  When he picked up he said, “This evening by 7pm… no funny games”

“7pm it is”. Bimbo said.

“I’m going out to clear my head but honestly I really do not think I want to see you here when I get back…bye Behi.” With that he walked out of the room.

Bimbo could not be happier. Dozie really wanted to meet up with him. The next plan was simple: Tarnish Behi’s image by saying horrible things about her. He would simply just reverse the roles of what had happened between them in the past. Things were working out perfectly well.

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Eno was distraught. Behi had told him everything that had happened. It was unfortunate Bimbo had gotten to Dozie before she did. She was crying over the phone as they spoke. He tried to calm her down and advised her to also go to the address Bimbo had sent to Dozie. He told her to go with Osas. Knowing Bimbo very well, he figured he would probably make up some silly story about her. Behi thanked him and proceeded to call Osas to keep her up to speed with things.

Same Day  6.35pm

Dozie sat down and waited patiently for Bimbo to arrive. He really felt like he was in a movie. Earlier when he left Behi he braced himself up to be able to take in what Bimbo had to tell him that evening. All sorts of things had run through his mind but he shoved them off. In all of this he knew Behi was sorry but he had to get to the bottom of things first.

“Dozie”

His thoughts were interrupted and he turned around to see the female voice that had called his name. It was the last person he expected to see.

It was Vivian.

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Oceans Apart (12) by Milli

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The next two weeks were simply the best of Behi’s life. Her boo was in town and they were having the time of their lives. Osas had kept mute about what Bimbo told her because she did not want Behi to worry. Social media had become Behi’s second best friend while Dozie was around. She had put up most of their pictures online telling the world he was just the best boo ever. From movies to parties, stage plays, award shows, dinners and of course lots of gifts, cuddles and kisses she was the happiest girl in the world. Dozie was elated as well. For him, if Behi was happy, he was happy. All the worries he had about their relationship had vanished as well. He wondered why he was even ever worried in the first place. Behi was definitely the love of his life.

Bimbo on the other hand had been monitoring the love birds’ every move. Behi had the perfect timing. Dumped him and then before he knew it, her boyfriend was back from London for holidays. Her Instagram page told him all he needed to know. The silly girl did not block him at all. Well he had his plan already it was quite simple. He knew Dozie’s Instagram handle as well and when the time was right, he would simply send him some of the pictures he took with her while they were hanging out with a simple message. “What your darling girlfriend was up to while you were away”. The pictures to be sent were the ones in which they were extremely close. He did not know when Dozie was leaving but he hoped he could send the pictures maybe a day or two before he left. Eno had called him a million times but he did not answer any of his calls. He knew he would try and stop him from getting back at Behi.

***

Eno had failed in getting through to Bimbo and he was really worried. He had no clue what his friend was up too. When Bimbo got angry or hurt when someone had offended him, he always took it to the extreme.  He decided he would reach out to Behi and tell her to be careful as Bimbo could be really dangerous. He had been talking to Dozie as well and he and Behi were in a very good place. He was coming back in three days a very happy guy. It seemed Bimbo had not done anything yet but he knew his friend was up to something. He decided to try Bimbo one last time and picked up his phone to call him. To his surprise, Bimbo actually picked up.

“Yes can I help you?”, Bimbo said.

“Why have you not been picking my calls?”

“Hehehehe…didn’t feel like and before you say anything, don’t you even bother to talk me out of getting back at Behi. If that’s what you called for just cut the line and don’t bother wasting your time and credit.”

“It’s not worth it Bimbo…this will not end well”

“I knew it…cutting the line now…bye..”

Before he cut the line Eno quickly said

“If you had listened to me in the first place all this will not have happened, be wise and take my advice this time.”

There was silence for a moment

‘Let’s be sincere Bimbo…you said you have fallen her and all..if you really have why do you still want to hurt her. After you probably mess up her relationship with Dozie do you think she would run back to you?”

“I don’t care”

“She will only hate you more dear friend, do not let your hurt and resentment get the better of you. Let this go. All of this is simply because you can’t have her. I know you well. Once you cannot get what you want it’s a problem…a big problem.

Bimbo had to admit that his friend was right. Apart from how she had played him earlier, He had become consumed with jealousy because she was with someone else. However he mind was made up…there was no going back.

Eno tried his best again but to no avail. Immediately the phone call ended, he dialed Behi’s number. She picked up after two rings.

‘Hello who is this”…she sounded a bit down.

They had only communicated via social media messages so she did not have his number.

‘It’s Eno…is Dozie with you?”

“No he is not….Eno you have to help me”

“What are you okay?”

‘It’s your friend Bimbo”

“That’s exactly why I am calling”

Before his phone call, Osas had told Behi about her last conversation with Bimbo. Behi then told her how Eno had reached out to her. Osas knew Eno as well but she had also had no clue he and Dozie knew each other. Apparently while Behi and Bimbo were still together he liked her and had tried dating her but she was a handful, a bit too adventurous for him. He had always wondered how she and Behi could be best friends.

Behi told Eno what Bimbo had said to Osas. The three of them were confused because they did not know what he was planning. Putting Eno on speaker phone, the conversation continued,

“Okay we need to think….does Bimbo have anything on you..anything he can use to set you up?” Eno said

“Hmm that’s true..pictures…videos…erm you guys didn’t go all the way right” Osas said as she  looked at her friend rather suspiciously.

Eno at the other end did not want to believe that such could have happened.

“We didn’t do anything of that sort!!!!” Behi said with a raised voice she was annoyed that Osas would think that.

“Well you cannot blame me Behi I warned you but…” Osas shouted

“Oh please Osas your scolding is the last thing I need right now” Behi shouted back

“I’m trying to help you out here and you are talking to me this way. Maybe I should never told you Dozie was coming around I…”

“Girls girls…please!!!!!! Eno shouted “We have a situation here and you both think this is the best time to start fighting. Please calm down”.

“I’m sorry Osas…..it’s just….I mean…you know what Bimbo did to me…he took advantage of me…he took advantage of my innocence….he…”

“Behi its okay…I know the story..let’s just try and handle this.”

“It’s okay Behi”. Eno said.  ”I admit that Bimbo was not good to you at all. He…”

“Pictures…” Behi said.

“We took quite a number of pictures on our outings….he has a couple of them on his phone”.

“Okay…what else…”,Eno asked.

“That’s all… just pictures”.

“Behi, what kind of pictures” Osas asked slowly.

“Pictures of us all loved up together…wait…I hope he does not know Dozie is in town”.

With that she quickly grabbed her phone and blocked him on instagram. Unfortunately she was too late. Bimbo knew everything.

“Behi…I’m sorry to say but he knows Dozie is around. Apparently he has been stalking your page.” Eno said rather sadly

“I am so silly! How could I have forgotten?” Behi cried.

“You were probably so excited Dozie was coming you forgot about everything else.” Osas said putting her hand around her shoulder.

“Behi..the best thing would be to tell Dozie everything” Eno said.

“Tell him everything before Bimbo strikes right.”

“Yes Behi, Osas said. “The truth is all he needs to know…I’m always here for you if you need me.”

“He’s going to think I am a terrible person.” Behi said devastated.

“Things might probably be shaky for a while but if there’s one thing I know. He really loves you…It might take a while for him to understand but he will come around.” Eno said.

“Okay, Osas and Eno thank you so much…I don’t know how I would have handled this if I was alone.” With that they said their good byes. Behi was supposed to see Dozie the next day to help him out with packing and any other thing he needed to do last minute. She decided she would use the opportunity to tell him.

Meanwhile…Same Day 11.00pm

Bimbo had carefully selected the pictures he was going to send to Dozie.  He opened up Instagram and did the needful. Five pictures sent with the caption. “What your girlfriend was up to while you were away. P.S Eno knew all about this…goodnight.” and pressed the send button. The events to follow after this would be quite interesting he thought to himself with an evil smile. He put his phone away and went to sleep.

Oceans Part (11) by Milli

Oceans Apart-1

Behi was watching a movie on her laptop when her phone rang. It was Osas. She was so happy she had not heard from her in such a long time. She picked up the phone happily and hoped that Osas would not start scolding her. That was the last thing she needed right now.

“Bestie….I have missed you”

“Yea, yea…now answer me immediately…where are you?”

“Ah ah….I am at home”

“With who?”

“Nobody I am home alone”

“I am coming over now”

“Okay”

Osas got to Behi’s about fifteen minutes later and explained everything that had just happened. She did not even believe Osas until she called Dozie to tell him where she (Behi) was. He was put on speaker phone and Behi heard his voice loud and clear. He said he would start heading over soon.

“Omg!!! He’s here! He is actually here!!!”.Behi said happily after the phone call. She literally ran round the house screaming. ‘My baby is back!!!”

“I need to get all dressed up”, she said suddenly checking out her appearance

“Babe, listen to me, if you do that he will know you had a clue that he was coming, you are supposed to act surprised”.

“Okay maybe I’ll just change the top to a nicer one…this one is dead…why didn’t he tell me anything though?”

“Erm…he wanted to surprise you…duhh”, Osas said.

“I feel so loved!!!,Behi said smiling

“Yes, you are one lucky girl….anyway I just did this because you are my best friend and I love you very much. You know we still have stuff to talk about?”

“Yes I know hun….. I really didn’t have to right?”

“What do you mean…wait you have told him the whole truth?”

“Yes..told him I just wanted to give a taste of his own medicine and all that and I walked out on him…on Friday.”

“See me thinking I would still be able to convince you” Osas said sounding very surprised.

“I have one question though…do you really feel better?”

“No…I feel worse”

“My darling” Osas said as she moved closer to hug her dear best friend

“You know how he hurt me so much..I just thought…I just…” her voice trailed off as she began to cry. Osas comforted her for some time and she felt better. She then quickly changed her top and freshened up a bit and they both sat and waited patiently for Dozie to arrive.

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Bimbo could not take it anymore. He had to talk to Eno. He was very devastated and he figured talking to Eno would make him feel better as he was not one to judge. However he also felt like Eno was hiding something…something that he did not know about. He decided he was going to ask him.

He picked up his phone and dialed Eno’s number. Eno’s heart actually skipped a beat when he saw who was calling. He tried to be as calm as possible when he picked up the phone to answer the call.

“Hey, my guy!!!” ,Eno said rather cheerfully

“Hey..how you dey?” Bimbo asked

“I am fine” Eno said. Happy that Bimbo was sounding alright.

“Good…can you talk now, I need to have an important conversation with you

“Erm…okay…I am listening….

Bimbo told him everything that had happened on Friday night between him and Behi. As the conversation went on,Eno replied with phrases such as “Wow..are you serious?”, “You mean she really did that” and so on. After all this, Bimbo asked the question Eno had been dreading. He knew Bimbo was a smart guy and it would not take him long to figure out he knew Behi’s plan all along.

“You constantly warned me about this whole Behi thing, now please I am going to ask you one thing and please just tell me the truth. Did you know this was her plan all along, was that why you were constantly warning me?”

“Well…Eno began talking

“Did you know or not!!!!” Bimbo shouted

“Yes I did and that was why I tried to warn you…but you didn’t listen”.

“Bastard!!!!” Bimbo shouted

“Don’t you dare, Bimbo Adekoya, don’t you dare insult me”, Eno replied back rather angrily.

“I tried to warn you, told you she had a boyfriend but no…you just have to get everything you want right…well turns out her boyfriend happened to be a classmate of mine back in secondary school. We were on the same flight when I was leaving Nigeria. I never even told him I knew and when you told me what was happening between you and Behi, I reached out to her but her mind was made up. You turned that innocent lady into one hardened one. Next time you should treat ladies with more respect. You have finally had a taste of your own medicine…infact..”

“Enough!!!” Bimbo shouted. I know…okay…I know I was a terrible person in the past but I was willing to change for her. I realised my mistake…

“No you didn’t….if you had you will not be trying to steal her from someone else.”

Bimbo laughed. “You know what, I am going to get back at her….whatever it takes.

“No….let this go…just let this go”,.

“No…you know me..Bimbo Adekoya always gets what he wants she will pay dearly for this”.

With that he cut the line before Eno said anything else.

Dozie called Osas and told her he was close to Behi’s house. Osas told him she was there as well but she was not close to Behi. After the phone call Osas told Behi that Dozie was close by and reminded Behi to act all surprised when she saw him. While they were still talking there was a knock at the door. Behi flew to the door before Osas could stop her. She was filled with so much excitement. Osas told her to go and sit and compose herself so she would be the one to open the door. Behi obeyed and went to sit down. Osas opened the door and Dozie walked in majestically into the house. Behi actually screamed when she saw him. Osas was even surprised herself when she heard her scream.

“You are here…you are actually here”

“Yes my love” and with that he lifted her off the floor and spun her around and gave her a deep kiss.

“You didn’t tell me you were coming”.

“I really wanted to surprise you.”

Osas looked at the two love birds and smiled. They looked so happy. She was happy her friend had not fallen for Bimbo’s charms and was more than grateful Dozie had no clue what had happened between them. She made a mental note to still salvage the situation.

With that her phone rang. The two love birds were so engrossed with each other that they didn’t even hear her phone ring. It was Bimbo that was calling. Osas quickly slipped away to answer the phone call.

Immediately she picked up these were Bimbo’s words. “I know you knew what your friend was up to all along. Just tell her that she has started a war and trust me Osas, I am going to win this one.”

Not giving her a chance to say anything he cut the line immediately.

Oceans Apart (10) by Milli

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Friday was here at last! Dozie was so happy he was going back to Nigeria for two weeks. He had finished his exams and passed them as well. He could not wait to see his parents. His brother Emeka was also going with him as well. He has missed them a lot. Emeka was more excited because it was his first time coming back since he left for his Bsc. He was in his third year now. A couple of hours before eleven, they were on their way to the airport. Their flight was at twelve noon so they would be in Nigeria at six o’clock or some minutes after. Dozie could not wait to see the look on Behi’s face when she saw him. She had no clue he was coming back. Although he felt there was something a little bit off somewhere he was still so excited to see her. He decided he would pay her a visit on Sunday.

Emeka slept for most of the journey while Dozie got busy watching movies. At five minutes past six they had arrived Nigeria. They were elated and well… hungry. They could not wait to get home and eat some food. They were very sure their mum had prepared something delicious. On their way home Emeka “oooed” and ‘ahhed” and almost everything. Everything looked so different to him but not to Dozie because he had only been gone for some months.

“My sons!!!”, their mother exclaimed when she went to greet them at the gate.

“Imela, Chineke….you arrived safely” she said.

“Yes o”, Emeka said and literally lifted his mum off the ground.

They went into the house and met pounded yam and ogbono soup waiting for them.

“Choi, mummy, you are just the best”, Dozie said.

They soon settled down and enjoyed their scrumptious meal.

Bimbo looked at his watch nervously. It was almost seven thirty and Behi was not yet around. He was getting quite impatient. Although she had called earlier to say she was stuck in traffic he still could not keep his cool. He wondered why he was nervous. Asking a girl out had never been a problem. He was not even this nervous the first he had asked her to be his girlfriend.

Behi braced herself for what she was about to do. The time had finally come. She was going to tell him off and tell him this had all been just for fun to get back at him so he could see how he really felt.

“Hello”, she said

He was lost in his thoughts and actually didn’t see her when she walked in.

“Oh hi…you are here finally”, he said with a small smile.

“Yes, traffic was really bad.”

“Looking pretty as always”, Bimbo said and with that he gave her a peck on her cheek.

They settled down and the waiter came to take their orders. They talked about work and other things. They had begun eating when Bimbo reached out to hold Behi’s free hand.

“These past few months have been so wonderful darling…I apologise again for hurting you so bad.” I have really fallen for you these past few months and I really want us to take this to a whole new level….will you be my girlfriend?”

At that point Behi actually felt bad. Bimbo had really changed and he could see the sincerity in his eyes but she had a plan. She loved Dozie dearly and it was time to end this whole revenge fenzy.

“No”, she said with a voice as cold as ever.

Bimbo was not sure he heard right

“What did you say”

“I said no”

‘Wait I do not understand….”

“What exactly was your plan Bimbo, get me to fall for you again so that you can humiliate me like the last time…that was your plan right?” Behi said angrily this time.

“No….no I want to do this right this time…I”

“You what…oh Bimbo please did you really think that I was going to fall for you all over again….well I have you know that while all this hanging out and spending time together meant something to you, it meant nothing to me absolutely nothing. I don’t love you..gosh I could never in my life love you. All of this has just been one silly game so that you know how it feels when someone tears you heart into a million pieces without any form of remorse. This will teach never to mess with me or any other girl. You feel you can get any girl you want? Well this time you could not get me. This time you are the one who got played. Have a nice life.”

With all that said she picked up her bag and walked out of the restaurant.

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TWO DAYS LATER

Sunday afternoon. Bimbo was lying down on his bed slowly recounting every single word Behi had said to him on Friday. He could not believe it. Did he miss the signs? He had no clue she just wanted to get back at him. He felt heart-broken and humiliated. He figured that he had probably gotten so consumed with getting her back that he had no clue what she was up too. He should have been more careful. He looked at the lovely selfies they had taken together on his phone. They looked so good together. He could not believe she had done this to him. Chuki had mentioned that he should be careful but he blew him off.  He had called her a zillion times but she did not pick up. He didn’t know what to do. No girl had ever treated him this way before: Used and dumped him. He was always the one who did that to them. Now he had been beaten at his own game. He recalled Eno trying to warn him as well. Most times when he and Eno had talked over the phone and the topic Behi came up. It always felt as if Eno knew something that he did not know. He did not even have the heart to tell Eno what had happened. Different thoughts ran through his mind and before he knew it he drifted off to sleep.

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Osas’s phone was ringing and she fiddled a bit with her bag before she could get her phone out. She was at an eatery and had just finished buying some food. When she finally did, she looked at who was calling her. It was a number she did not recognise but she picked up anyway

“Hello”

“Hello Osas, how are you doing?”

“I am doing well thanks…..please who is speaking?”

“Oh come on just a few months that I have been gone and you cannot even recognise my voice again. Well it is your best friend’s boyfriend. I hope Behi is not near you”

“Dozie!!!”  Osas exclaimed “No she is not here. You are back in town!”

“Yes  I am back in town but Behi does not know this. I want to surprise her.”

Wow” Osas could not believe her ears.

“So I was wondering if…”

“Er..Dozie can I call you back later?”

“Er..please just let me know where she is?…you know the both of you are like two peas in a pod.”

Osas had no idea where Behi was and she did not know what to tell Dozie

“Okay…shes….I’m not actually sure where…we didn’t go to church together today

“Hmmm okay could you help me call her to find out? please don’t tell her I am around. It will ruin the surprise.”

“Sure, no problem will get back to you”.

Osas ended the call almost immediately. She had to inform Behi about this. She secretly hoped that she was not with Bimbo.

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.

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.