Oceans Apart (14) by Milli

“You are here….like here… in Lagos”. Vivian said. She really couldn’t believe it.

“Yes I have been around for some time…waiting for someone”

“Oh…okay..erm…I came to hang out with some friends.”

“Oh that’s nice.”

“Some of them are here already but I could sit with you until the person you are waiting for gets here”

Dozie really didn’t want that. Talking would probably lead them talking about what had happened in Amara’s house the last time and he could already feel some uneasy tension.

‘Nah…that won’t be necessary you can go and meet your friends.”

Bimbo parked his car and walked into the restaurant he was able to recognise Dozie’s face. Apparently he was talking to a girl. He walked up to them and introduced himself to them.

“Good evening… Bimbo Adekoya” he said stretching his hand towards Dozie. Dozie was actually relieved that he came just in time so Vivian could leave. Dozie did not shake his hand and simply said. “Good Evening…look I really do not have time let’s just get straight to why we are here. At this point, Vivian was confused. Dozie noticed the puzzled look on her face and apologized. “I’m sorry Vivian it just has not been a very good day for me.”

“Okay…I’m going to meet my friends now”. We can talk later if you want.”

“Okay”.

“Hmmm…she is a pretty one.” Bimbo said smiling

“I know… I am not blind.” Dozie said rather coldly. “Can we just get straight to the point?”

“Let me order some drinks first”. Bimbo said, smiling.

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Behi and Osas were outside the restaurant. They had seen Dozie and Bimbo’s cars parked outside.

“Now listen to me. You are going to go in there, walk up to where they are sitting, interrupt them if possible, take Dozie away and tell him everything.” I will wait in the car.” Osas told her friend.

“Huh you are not coming with me…please I need support”, Behi said sadly as she held Osas’s hand.

“I am here for you but you are going to have to do this on your own.

“Okay”

She took a deep breath and walked into the restaurant and looked around and saw the Dozie and Bimbo sitting together. Dozie did not look happy at all however Bimbo was all smiles. He was such a mean person. She had to fight for her relationship. She was not going to let Bimbo ruin it. She walked up to them and said:

“Hi Bimbo…I need to talk to my boyfriend right now.”

“Wow look who is here”. Bimbo said.  

“Behi…what are you doing here?” Dozie asked. He was surprised.

‘”I need to talk to you now Dozie”

“To tell him what Behi, please quit pretending you are nothing but a cheat”

“I still don’t understand what is going on, but do not talk to my girlfriend like that,” Dozie said rather coldly and sternly to Bimbo.

“Hmmm you are still calling her your girlfriend after all these pictures.” She probably lied to you every single time she was with me…I mean she couldn’t have told you she was with another guy right. She’s a cheat man, I know it’s hard to believe but she is not different from all those Lagos sluts out there.”

Behi had had it. She was extremely angry and she was not her best when she was. Acting on impulse she raised her hand and gave Bimbo a slap in the face. “Dozie all I would say is that if you believe anything this arrogant fool says I will be extremely disappointed in you.” With that she walked out of the restaurant. Bimbo still had his hand on the cheek where Behi had slapped him. He was in shock. Dozie still sat down. He was as confused as ever. He had never seen Behi so angry in his life before but a part of him found it rather feisty and he could feel a smile creeping around his lips.

Bimbo finally removing his hand from his cheek said, “Is that the kind of girlfriend you want to have.”

“Let me hear what you have to say,” Dozie said trying to conceal his smile.

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“Babe please what happened in there,” Osas asked. Behi had come into the car very furious.

“Please let’s just go home.”

“Er…no you are going to tell me what happened in there…I know how you can be when you get angry.”

“Fine….. I lost it, because that Bimbo insulted me in there…who the hell does he think he is…”

“And Dozie?”, Osas asked, interrupting Behi.

“Huh?”

“Dozie….what did you tell him?”

“Well I…I told him if he believes what Bimbo says then I will be very disappointed in him.”

“Hmmm Nice”,

“And yes I slapped Bimbo”

“What….?”

“I said I slapped Bimbo”

There was silence for a few seconds

“You go girl!!!!!! Osas said and gave her friend a high five. “He needed that slap a long time ago”.

“Yep…you said it. Okay fine, we would wait till they come out and then I will tell him everything”, Behi said.

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Dozie was not exactly listening to what Bimbo was saying but he had picked up a few things. He was thinking about Behi. He could tell she was really angry and furious. He really needed to listen to her. Bimbo just made her look bad. Apparently he mentioned Behi had other boyfriends she was seeing and even said he had caught her twice with two different guys and different times and all that. Deep down he already knew Bimbo was a phony and just wanted to get back at Behi but he just didn’t know what the reason was. He didn’t believe a word Bimbo said. He should have never indulged him in the first place. When Bimbo was finally done, he said “You really need to let her go. You don’t deserve such.”

“Yea I will think about it.”

“When are you going back to London”.

“Soon.”

“Okay was nice meeting you, I’m sorry we had to meet this way.”

“It’s fine.”

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Vivian had been watching what had been going since she had left Dozie to sit with her friends. As Dozie walked out, she immediately excused herself, left her friends and quickly followed him.

Less than a minute after he walked out of the restaurant, he heard his name. It was Vivan…again.

He turned around and well he had to admit she looked really pretty,

“I just wanted to know if you were okay, I couldn’t help but notice there was an issue in there.” She said holding his hand.

“Everything is okay now thanks for asking.”

“So…erm when are you going back….

Dozie was not ready for any conversation but he had actually not been so nice to her since the last incident. He didn’t call or chat her up and on the days she did, he replied with one or two word answers so he decided to stay for a while.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Behi had seen Dozie walk out of the restaurant and seen the girl who had quickly run out to catch up with him. What annoyed her the most was that she was holding his hand.

“Ooohhhh who is this one now and why is she holding his hand?” Behi said irritated.

Osas couldn’t help but laugh at her friend’s jealousy. ‘It’s obviously someone he knows now.”

“I’m going out to meet them…I need to talk to Dozie.”

“Babe…chill…..” Osas tried to stop Behi.

Before she finished her sentence, or could drag her back, Behi was already out of the car.

“I will be leaving soon…tomorrow actually….” Dozie said. He was still talking with Vivian.

“Oh…I see….erm I wanted to… erm…someone is walking towards us.” Vivian said as Behi walked up towards them.

“Hi..I am Behi..his girlfriend…sorry to interrupt but I need to steal him away for some time.”

“Its’s fine.” Vivian said with a small smile

“Erm this is Vivian…my friend I was with the day we first met….at the play..where I broke your glasses…..remember?” Dozie said.

“Really, Oh wow..Vivian”. With that she gave Vivian a big hug.

“Nice to see you again Behi…erm..I guess I’ll go back in now.”

“Okay”.

Vivian walked back into the restaurant.

“Can I talk to you now?” Behi asked Dozie.

Dozie looked at her for some time and started laughing.

Behi was confused.

“That slap was epic…never knew you had it in you.”

“Well I was really angry.” Behi said relieved that was the reason he was laughing and started laughing as well.

“I know we have a lot to talk about and I know your friend is around somewhere. No matter what I hear from this moment I will still take you back home tonight. I don’t want to you and her going home all by yourselves by the time we are both done here because it will be quite late by then. So tell her she can go home.”

“Still so sweet and protective after all this drama”, Behi said and gave him a hug.”

Dozie couldn’t imagine himself pulling away from her and hugged her tightly too.

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Bimbo was happy with himself and even stayed back to watch some football game showing on the TV. However he could not believe that Behi slapped him. She had really overstepped her boundaries. He finally decided it was time to leave. He stepped out of the restaurant and walked to his car. He noticed two people not too far off from his car all loved up and shook his head. He then took a closer look and noticed it was Dozie and Behi. He froze and opened his mouth in surprise. No way….this couldn’t be happening he thought to himself. First she made him look like a fool and dumped him then she slapped him in a public place and called him arrogant. He felt the anger building up within him. After all his stories her boyfriend still wanted to be with her. No she was not going to get away with this. She had to pay. Without thinking he opened a compartment in his car and brought out a screwdriver. He stared at it for some time breathing heavily. Then he walked slowly towards them trying to be as quiet as possible.

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Behi’s head was buried in Dozie shoulder so she didn’t see when Bimbo crept behind Dozie. He felt a sharp pain as the screwdriver went into his back and let out a loud cry and fell to the ground. Behi screamed and Bimbo put his hand over her mouth. “Don’t you dare tell anyone I did this.” With that, he ran away quickly and left her screaming for help. He quickly got in his car, started the engine and drove out of the restaurant parking lot onto the express road.

He sped crazily on the road because he was actually afraid that someone might have seen him or someone was chasing him. A million thoughts were running through his mind.

“What if I actually killed Dozie”, “It was just a screw driver”, “Would Behi tell anyone”. He said thinking out loud. He could feel his body shaking. He had gone too far this time.

“Calm down…Bimbo….you need to calm down.” He told himself.

At some point he had to slow down a bit because the car in front of him was not moving fast enough. He honked a couple of times but the driver of the car didn’t increase his speed.

Bimbo became irritated and decided to overtake the car but unfortunately he did not know that a truck had been packed on the other lane which he wanted to get to. He did not see the truck and before he knew it he crashed into it.

*** 

Big thanks to everyone who has been reading this series. However Oceans Apart will be going on a two week break. See you all on 6th of October.

 

 

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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.

Waiting for Ileri

 

Ilerioluwa has been gone for 10 months, 9 days, 8 minutes and 7 seconds. You know that because right after that final hug at the airport in Lagos, a timer had gone off on your phone, curating the length of time he would be gone for.

If anyone ever told you you could stay that long without seeing him, you would have laughed at the absurdity of the thought alone. You were not a long distance type of girl and with all your previous relationships, the moment distance jumped into the equation, you were quick to jump out. But something about Ilerioluwa gives you hope and strengthens your heart.

Perhaps that something is in his name- Promise; Ileri’s love is a promise of consistency, sufficiency and contentment. His heart feels like home. So even though he leaves often you rest assured that he will always come back to you. He takes a part of you with him every time he leaves, yet leaves you hopeful that someday, all your parts will be made whole again. And in the past 2 years he has kept that promise. Your parts usually come together again in a matter of weeks.

But these 10 months, 9 days, 8 minutes and 27 seconds have been the longest and your heart feels like it cannot take another extra second away from home. So when he calls tonight, you rend his heart with your doubts which have lately been overwhelming. You decline his request for a skype call because you do not want to have to look into those brown eyes that will be guaranteed to drown your fears. You have made yourself at home with doubts and there appears to be no room left to indulge hope.

“I need you to trust me baby.” Ileri pleads.

But you see, trust is fragile and so is your heart, and distance becomes the weight that forces a crack on both.

“When are you coming back?”

“I don’t know my love. Getting time off work has been impossible. The projects keep dragging. Everyone is frustrated.

Will you go see my mum? Spend a weekend with her?”

The prospect is tempting. Iya Ileri is a cannonball of happiness. Surely a weekend with her will help rid you of the blues. Her destiny trapping ayamase will soothe your aching heart and her cuddles will make you feel whole again, if only for a few days. You contemplate in silence and because Ileri knows you well, he seizes the moment.

“Please baby, go spend some time with her. And then bring back gist of your most scintillating gossip.”

You laugh. Iya Ileri always fills your itchy ears with tales from Ileri’s childhood; tales of how his curiosity landed him in trouble multiple times or how his wagging tongue earned him countless lashings from his strict disciplinarian father. Tales of how he chopped off his older sisters’ beautiful curls in their sleep because they had beaten him earlier in the day. For every visit, there was a new story or an old one with some new detail.

When the weekend comes and you show up at hers, it is a tale of lost love and the girl who crushed Ileri’s heart by refusing to wait for his return from his Master’s degree. Iya Ileri sees through your soul and even though you say nothing of the doubts you entertain, she tries to dispel them with her warmth and effusive love.

“I miss him too you know,” she begins

“And I often feared that he would marry someone I couldn’t get along with. Someone who would take him away from me forever. But with you, I no longer have that fear. I know he will always come home.”

You smile and hug her. Your tummy is bulging from the heavy meal it has been blessed with but even while your arms are wrapped around her, she calls for Suwe, the little kid who lives with her to bring you some goat meat peppersoup. Iya Ileri is the very definition of killing someone with enjoyment.

“Mummy, I am full, I promise. There’s no space again.”

“Just small,” she insists. And to the kid she yells, “sare sare!”

 

Later that night, as you drift off to sleep cuddled in Iya Ileri’s arms, you hear her whisper.

“Ileri will come back to you dear daughter. He is nothing like his father.”

***

Song of the Day: ‘Wait for Me’- Johnny Drille

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

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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.