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Ade's Journal Part 6

Ade's Journal Part 6
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My Scrumptious Valentine Kiss

Ade's Journal Part 4

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A Scorpion is not a Lobster

Ade's Journal Part 3

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Rake Up The Butterfly In You


  Trial and Triumphs have a way of testing you and never in a pretty way. Yet in the end, all people see is a beautiful array of colours all shiny and new. No one realizes the stagnant phase or that painful period of crawling on all limbs, just doing what it takes to survive and grow.
I'm grumbling right? I should not be complaining but this life has a way of making you think. Right now I am hopeful, I believe that something great is about to happen. Ask me what it is exactly, I have no clue. But I am here, slowly beating my wings together and rocking myself back and forth like a butterfly drunk on hope. I know that sooner and not later everything is going to be alright.
   The fresh morning breeze caressed my face as I smiled and stretched. I think I was dreaming I was a butterfly and I did feel good. A face stared at me and I tried to figure out if it was another dream or I was awake. Lately I have been going to bed exhausted and every sleep never seems enough. It's all the clothes I need to get ready and the projects I need to prepare for my clients. My grieving grace period was over and the pressure to meet all my missed deadlines was on.
 I watch him smile at me, this familiar face and I just smile back sheepishly.
Then my eyes clear up and I realize that Daniel Ojora is staring at me, with my P.A. a little surprised I had slept off.
'Thanks', I say trying to sound awake and then stretching again.
'Hi, I see you have a ton of work...'
'Yes, trying to catch up since...'
  My voice trailed off, I did not want to mention my husband's demise or the fact that I lost twin children in a ghastly accident. The memory of it all made the broken piece in my limb ache and I unconsciously massaged it to ease the pain.
'How have you been?'
'Good, congratulations on your two children'
'Thanks, I've missed you you know'
'I am surprised you have the time to'
'You will always be special to me'
  I did not know how to respond to that, it was nice and in my twenties I would have loved it and even be flattered by it. Not now and not today, today it sounds like a burden. A way to hold onto something lost or hoped for.
'Nnoye would die for that kind of attention'
 Daniel acts like he did not hear me speak and sits down beside me.
'So you are really pulling funding for the show...'
'Its going nowhere...'
'Mmmhff', my smirk was pregnant with meaning and a frown erupted on his fine face.
'She blames my mum, right?'
'Do you blame her?'
'Your mum should give her a break, her first grandchild... Grandson...'
'You can't force who you like'
'But aren't you all setting her up for depression?'
'She is stronger than she looks'
'Two depressed baby mamas won't do your reputation any good'
'Depression is not a sudden ailment, it piled up and escalates with challenges...'
'And your children?'
'Will fight this as their mothers will fight and win...'
'Okay oooo'
'You are not going to file a lawsuit'
'When I can negotiate a better deal'
'Really, Ade tell me how you will arm wrestle me into paying for my baby mamas show'
'I did not sleep last night...', I said handing him the new contract.
'You slept here?'
'You reneged on our contract, did it to spite Nnoye. But guess whose company is handing and producing her show?'
 I was collateral damage in this couples power tussle.
'Let me see what you have for me', again he acts like I did not just tell him how his Dec affects my business.
 You see why I think men are selfish, or should I say can be selfish. Daniel may have a soft spot for me but he was a thorough business man. He sent his lawyers a copy and showed me what he felt was an unfair advantage on my part.
I paused and decide to review the contract, at least he was interested. At this point I was not sure if he would be funding our specials or not.
'So far, it is a lunch date I am looking forward to. As in... Opeyemi joining us, after you make sure our family meeting goes well'
 Daniel was laughing.
'This is not the contract you showed Nnoye'
 I shake my head, Nnoye thinks I am all for mending her relationship with Daniel's mum. But I have a show to run and this script has been played before the child showed up.
'Is Opeyemi better?', I ask knowing it was a gamble to hope she was.
'Yes, but she needs to miss her baby enough. Ade, you are more an Ojora than any of my girls'
 Daniel was pleased with my chess moves with his women.
'I am not an Ojora, I am an Aboriginal Lagosian and a city girl. All you guys have taught me to be a Davy business woman with insight into my investors and my clients'
'At least we get to see like old times'
 I was smiling, I had to gain financially from our meetings or I would be irritated by it all.
'It looks good, we will air it before your big 4-0'
 His words shocked me and I stare at him, unsure of how to react. With all I had planned for my big 4-0 with my family, in America. This coming August 8th was going to be epic, I was either going to make such a big deal about it or totally ignore it.
'I know I won't let you let it go, just like that. I'm going to make sure it's one you won't forget'
  I did not say a word, I just smile and shake my head. That is if he knows where I am.
'Don't worry, I Will's, he replied as if he heard my silent thoughts.
This Daniel has somehow worked his way back into my life, this my annoying late husband's best friend.

  At least business is back on track, the challenge now is to get Idibia back on board but this time as a nemesis. The smile that played on my face pleased Daniel, if only he knew.

  Yes, I'm back in full force.....

**"ADE'S JOURNAL" Season 3 Episode 6**
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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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