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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Enchanted Preacher Frozen In A Fishnet Of Lies


   Dried seeds swallowed up by winged creatures. Resemble falling angels, trickling down to a fertile soil, feeding quick and
growing roots. Spreading leaves and extending branches that yield flowers and plump seeds. Until it is fat and wide, ages, ready and ripe. Cut down and ready to be marshed up, into a pulp to be written on. Spreading stories of an Enchanted Preacher Frozen In A Fishnet Of Lies....

     You might have heard the story of the preacher, who entered a shrine to destroy their sacred relics. The story should have ended with him victorious and all the shrine owners converts, right? Wrong.
     Instead, he was betrayed by vanity and false beliefs. His false faith failed him and he got frozen and overpowered by fear of gods he declared powerless.
 Why am I telling you this?
Because, when you fixate on one thing for so long, it over powers you. You might tell the world it is powerless but they see through your fear.
    I have declared Frank powerless, like the faithless preacher. Yet, I sing his praises. It is unintentional, but it has come to overcome all aspects of my life.
 Sadly, right now, it is the reason we are screaming at each other and causing a scene.
   Ajoke pulls me away from an enraged Henrik and I fight hard to stop the tears from falling.
    I run after Henrik and try to explain myself.
'I did see him but it's not what you think, we didn't talk...'
'...And that's supposed to make me feel better, right?'
 Henrik stopped walking away and just then, the worst person to witness my predicament shows up. I spot my former ex, Mr. H with a drink, watching us.
'What is this deal with you and Frank?'
 My eyes danced from Henrik's to Mr. H and I started to shiver and explain.
'I did not go to my former office to see Frank...'
'I heard you, you went there to rescue his baby...'
'Khadijatu's baby'
 I subconsciously corrected him out loud and simultaneously regretted it, immediately.
'So it's no longer Frank's?'
 Don't blame me ooo, but I had to try to defend myself.
'Helen said...'
'Like Helen from your former office? You know what, you two should just get back together and spare the rest of is heartbreaks'
'Henrik it's not like that...'
'..Then why didn't you tell me?'
'I didn't want it to be about Frank'
'But it's always about him, always'
    Henrik gets into his car and drives off, Mr. H walks towards me and I raise my hand to stop him. And then, I started crying like a baby.
 Ajoke and Celine practically carry me away from prying eyes and curious camera lenses. I have never been so embarrassed in all my life. But then, I stop crying and go and wash my face. My friends are confused and I stand upright and shake it all off.
'Oyaya, where is the makeup artist?'
 She scuttles into the room And I sit and shut my eyes.
'Do your magic'
 The silence that ensued made my sigh louder than I intended.
'Ade, are you alright?'
 Ajoke was confused.
'I will cry after your wedding, I accept it is my fault for not sharing. For trying to not break up my relationship because of Frank, again'
 Celine pinched me, because she didn't want me saying anything in front of the make Up artist.
'I will say my mind and if the story leaks, we know from where'
 I roll my eyes at the makeup artist.
'I won't sell the story oooo'
 The make up artist lamented with a smile and I just knew she would.
'It's fine, Celine just let it go'
    I tried to smile but I was too exhausted to. Thank God we have taken all the press pictures and magazine photoshoot.
 Can you just imagine? Mr. H is trying to talk to me, but I am not interested.
Celine says it's all harmless.
'Celine, that is how Henrik will come back and see us together. Abegi, I don't want more ex boyfriend wahala'

    The venue for the after party was Ajoke's house and i stretched my neck and searched for him. He was no where to be found.
'Ade, smile'
    The photographer keys reminding me as I tried real hard, not to frown. I love pictures but not tonight.
 Nnoye had heard something because she was on my case.
'Where is Henrik?'
 I snapped at her.
'I heard Mr. H telling Daniel that you had another Frank episode'
'I don't want to talk about it'
'I reassured Daniel, that Frank is useless to you right now, broke and useless'
     I walk away and go to the bar.
'Bailey's Irish creme please'
    I watch the rich rich beautiful drink and smiled. I was anticipating the sweet delicious taste when she joined me.
'One for me too'
 I take mine quietly and watched Nnoye signal to the photographer.
'Come and take us'
     The bright lights annoyed me, but I smiled for the camera and listened to Nnoye laugh at Tina. Mr. H's ex, who did not like that she could not sit with her, tomorrow for the white wedding. Nnoye was as superficial as I expected and I just agreed with her to keep the conversation short. She realized she didn't have single pictures with Ajoke and Celine so she excused herself. I was glad when I was finally alone.
'Why is the most beautiful girl at the party, drinking alone?'
 Daniel Ojora and his silver tongue made me chuckle.
'Let's your girlfriend hear you'
'She knows you are prettier'
'Abeg jare'
'So, is it over?'
'Oh no, the party is just beginning'
'I mean, you and Henrik'
'One fight does not end a beautiful relationship'
'So you would dump Nnoye, if I drop Henrik to be with me?'
'In an instant'
'I am that convenient for you'
'No, I'm in love with you'
'Yet, you are sleeping with my best friend and best man to your best friends wedding'
'Keep your enemies close, you know the saying. I have never hidden how I feel about you and Nnoye isn't your best friend'
'What ever, I am not special to you. I am just an excuse, the girl you know will never be available'
'Never say never'
'Please, I am not in the mood'
     I walked out on him, angry at him. Why should he be feeding off my pain, my sadness, my fight with Henrik!
 It's such a turn off right now.
Actually, I need to be far away from everyone right now.
 Celine catches me before I escape.
'Where are you going?'
'Ajoke will drive after you and drag you back to the party'
'She is fussy like that'
 We both laugh and I spot Ajoke stepping out of her house.
'Where do you think you are going?'
'We came out for fresh air'
'Celine don't cover up for her, I can see she has her car keys in her hands'
'It's just so sad, that Henrik has left me'
     I am about to cry but I hold it all back.
Both girls hold and hug me.
'Henrik is just upset'
'He will come for you'
'Men don't fight for love any more'
'Ade don't say that'
'Look at me and my track record, once there is a problem they walk away for good'
'Because they are good for nothing'
'And not yours, not your true love'
'Every man i know, did the same, except Bala. He came back for me and fought off many suitors and God knows I fought off many desperate women'
    I could not help but laugh.
'Yes ooo, those who used tribal cards to try to say they were better off together. Used their closer age and all sorts'
'Ajoke is right, when you two are meant to be. Nothing will keep you apart for Long'
'And when it does, you will find your way back to each other'
 My cheeks were aching from smiling and we all walk back into the house, arm in arm.
  Every one is having fun but I was missing Henrik so much, it hurt. I just want to be alone with my thoughts right now. I volunteer to take the twins off Ashabi's hands and Ajoke's sister is so happy. I take them into their room and as I rock the twins. I remember and sing an old Yoruba folk song.
     Epo nbe ewa n be ooo
     Aya mi o ja Latin bi Ibeji ooo
     Epo nbe ewa n be ooo
  The door shuts quietly and I look up at Henrik. He looks sad and my mind drifts to his ex, I hope he did not go and have revenge sex. I got scared and felt betrayed at the same time.
    I place the twins in their crib and tuck them into their baby shoes and caps.
'I did not do anything stupid'
 Henrik could tell that I had assumed the worse.
'I'm sorry I didn't tell you the truth'
'Don't let me look foolish or clueless like that again'
'I know, I wont'
   I was hugging and kissing my boo when Ajoke barged in.
'Ade, I think I saw Henrik...'
  We peel apart from one another and look like teenagers caught kissing when they shouldn't. Ajoke opened the door wide and claps both hands.
'Celine come and see something ooo'
 Celine, Ashabi and Nnoye run into the room.
'You will wake the twins up'
 I grumbled.
'Don't cover up, what were you two doing?'
'Nothing, Henrik come'
     I drag Henrik out of the room, past all the busy bodies.
 The rest of the night was beautiful and joyous and we end it with raising our Glasses up to the couple. At least before Bala whisked her away'.

  The wedding was magical and to enjoy such bliss a day before Nigeria's Independence Day, made it more magical. My eyes are fixed briefly on the bride and groom and then on Henrik. He has been watching me all day and I too.
  In the far distance, I spot Nnoye trying to get someone's attention. But that someone has his eyes on me and as much as I don't want to look. I do. Daniel is acting more like the lion now, than someone in a lion's den. And I don't like it one bit.
   Nnoye gives me an evil look and I act like I didn't notice. All I want is for the vows to be taken and as Ajoke says I do. They kiss and run out and we follow.
    Daniel grabs my hand in the chaos and I grab Henrik's. He pulls me closer and I let go of Daniel's and move to my man's side.
    Nnoye grabs Daniel's hands and pulls him to a halt. I dont look back, there is no need, I am happy and cannot be distracted.
     I find Celine with confetti and look at Henrik. He knows I want to join her and let's me go. I dig into the confetti and toss hundreds of shiny paper on Bala and Ajoke.
 Ashabi enters the limousine with the twins
 and the latest couple give us pecks and enter the vehicle and drive away.

    Celine and I enjoy a sleepover, with Henrik crashing in of course. He steps into the kitchen and Celine leans towards me.
'What are you going to do about Daniel Ojora?'
'Ignore him'
'It has not worked so far'
'Please don't bring him up again'
      Henrik returned and we both laugh.
'Am I ruining your gossip night?'
'No, we are just remembering all the drama'
'So tell me, what did I miss?'

  It was an innocent question but, no be for my mouth them go hear am. Na real wa.
If you are in my shoes, would you say something or keep quiet?

**Season 1, Episode 71**
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Adebusola Ukayat Elegbede is a Playwright and Content creator with a passion for real life challenges. Born in Kaduna state and lives in Lagos Nigeria, she has a passion for story telling from the perspectives of characters in conflicting situations. I started out on the New Writing Project in Nigeria with the British Council Lagos Nigeria and The Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square U.K. My passion for creating stories led to comic books, television drama's and an online journal on my website (busolaelegbede.com). As part of the WPIC in Stockholm Sweden 2012, the experience has forged life long friends and ignited my passion as a volunteer and advocate for human rights and the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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