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Story - Red Ashes (full Episode)

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  1. Alashelee

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    Red Ashes.

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    CHIOMA.
    :
    I stared intently into his eyes. I didnt know
    if believing him was a good idea. But then,
    i loved this man. I couldnt do without him.
    I closed my eyes then opened them again.
    Tears filled my eyes 'Chuks, why do you
    keep doing this to me?'
    'i'm so sorry'
    'why do you continue cheating on me?
    What have i done to deserve all this ill-
    treatment from you? Why?'
    'i was seduced, i swear'
    I started crying again.
    Crying was all i did nowadays. No matter
    how much i try to stop myself, the tears
    never stopped flowing.
    'baby please...' he said moving closer to
    me, he wrapped his hands around my
    shoulder 'she seduced me. It was never
    my intention'
    I cried even harder.
    'this is the third time you are sleeping with
    my best friends!' i cried slapping my laps
    'when will you change? What do they have
    that i dont have? Eh, Chuks?'
    'i'm so sorry'
    'how many time? How many times do you
    have to apologise to me for the same
    mistake? Why do you have to always
    destroy the friendship between my friends
    and i?'
    'i'm so sorry...' his voice was shaky now 'if
    i have to apologise over and over again,
    then i will have to do so over and over
    again. But please, forgive me'
    I stood up. I looked at him again and i
    made my decision 'i've made my decision
    Chuks...' i moved away from him 'i want a divorce'.
     
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  3. Prezzy

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    Oh yes!
    Long have we waited for the first novel... I hope I enjoy this like I used to when I was much younger...
     
  4. Kenny

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    hmmmm
     
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    Were they even married???

    She come dey cry...
     
  6. Alashelee

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    Red Ashes.


    Chapter 1.


    KAINENE.
    I know i should have told mum about
    dad's sudden disappearance but i knew
    better.
    Mum was going to break down again and
    i couldnt bear seeing mum in pains. She
    still loved dad, i could tell and i was scared
    she could easily take him back again
    which i didnt want.
    We were much better on our own, we
    certainly did not need dad in our lives, we
    were better off without him.
    'is there something you are not telling me
    Nene?' mum asked interrupting my
    thoughts.
    'eh..no, why do you ask?'
    'you seemed distant, which is very much
    unlike you' she said.
    I forced a smile 'everything is okay mum, i
    was just thinking about how i was going
    to carry out a very tough assignment, but
    dont bother, its not something i cannot
    handle'
    She gave me a doubtful look 'are you
    sure?'
    'of course mum'
    'okay oo, no problem. Just know that i'll
    always be here incase you need anything'
    she continued knitting whatever she was.
    'mum, can i ask you a question?'
    'yes, go ahead my dear'
    'if...thats, are you still in love with dad?'
    She stiffened.
    'i...i mean no harm'
    She quietly dropped the knitting pin and
    the wool beside her 'why do you ask?'
    'i just wanted to know'
    Then she forced a smile 'i always loved
    your dad Nene, i never stopped loving him.
    But i just couldnt cope with his
    unfaithfulness again. I know marriage is
    for better for worse..but i didnt..i couldnt
    cope any longer. I loved him but i was
    more than convinced that he wasnt the
    one for me..' i noticed tears welling in her
    eyes already.
    I felt bad. Father was a bastar.d for hurting
    mother and i vowed within myself to make
    him pay.
    'men are bastar.ds!' i said angrily.
    'not all..' she wiped the tears with the back
    of her hand 'Nene, just pray you meet the
    right man for you. Because when you do,
    you'll feel nothing but peace, happiness
    and contentment'
    'i dont want any man in my life mum. I
    cant stand being hurt'
    'but you have to get married, dont you
    want to be a mother too?'
    'i'd rather be a single mother mum. No
    need getting married'
    'dont say that Nene, i need to carry my
    grandchild' she said reaching for my
    hands.
    'you'll carry your grandchild, that i assure
    you'
    *
    JOLADE.
    I came down from the car and walked into
    the building.
    I saw his mother in the sitting room, her
    hands on her cheeks, staring into space.
    'good day ma..' i greeted politely.
    She looked up then smiled at me 'Jolade!
    You're welcome, its been a while' she
    spread her arms for a hug.
    I hugged her 'how have you been ma?
    Nathan told me you travelled for your
    medical check up. How is your health
    now?'
    'i'm fine by God's grace' she replied
    warmly.
    'okay ma..' i straightened my dress 'i guess
    Nathan is inside his room, i'm here to see
    him'
    'oh..okay, you can go ahead..'
    I smiled and was about walking away
    when she called my name.
    'Jolade?'
    'yes ma?' i answered turning around.
    'does Nathan love you?'
    I was shocked and surprised. What
    brought about the question?
    'eh..eh...yes ma...i..why do you ask?' i
    stuttered.
    'nothing...' she shrugged 'i just wanted to
    know'
    I nodded and turned around, taking the
    stairs two at a time. That question kind of
    unsettled me, what was happening? Did
    Nathan do or say something? Did i do
    something wrong?
    I knew mummy Mabel to be a very nice
    and understanding woman and she just
    wouldnt ask that kind of a question
    without a reason.
    I knocked on his door twice then opened
    it.
    The smell of marijuana wafted through my
    nostrils immediately.
    I coughed loudly. Nathan was at it again.
    He was on the bed, totally unclad and had
    his erected manhood in his hands,
    wanking with his left hand while he held
    the marijuana in his right hand.
    'Nathan!'
    He looked up, he didnt stop wanking.
    Then he smiled and winked at me.
    He threw the marijuana in the ash tray
    beside him and beckoned on me to come
    over.
    I did 'Nathan, whats all this? Do you want
    to...' i had barely finished my statement
    when he shoved me roughly into his bed
    tearing at my clothes.
    I screamed 'Nathan?! What is wrong with
    you? Leave me alone! Ah!' he forcefully bit
    my ni.pple and it was painful.
    The door opened immediately and
    mummy Mabel came running in.
    'Nathan, what are you doing?! Leave her
    alone!' she screamed and pulled Nathan
    away from me. She pulled me into her
    arms and covered me with the sheets.
    I was glad she came to my rescue, who
    knows, Nathan might have raped me
    again.
    Again, yes.
    Nathan had raped me countless number of
    times. Sometimes, he was sweet enough
    to ask for sex but other times, he did it the
    violent way.
    I started crying.
    'Nathan, what is wrong with you? Do you
    want to rape this girl? Why would you
    want to do something like that?!' mummy
    Mabel asked angrily 'so if i wasnt at home,
    you would have taken advantage of her?
    Are you mad? Is this how i raised you to
    be?!'
    I hadnt told her about the other rape
    incident. She didnt know the monster she
    had for a son.
    'is it that you're an addict or what? Earlier,
    i walked into you having sex with a girl
    and now you want to rape her? Havent
    you had your fill yet!'
    I wasnt surprised.
    I was a bit happy she said a girl and not
    girls. It was a normal thing and i've learnt
    to live with it and tolerate it.
    I loved Nathan that much.
     

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    KAINENE.
    'common bae, you should give him a
    chance, my cousin is not all bad you know'
    Kaka, my childhood friend said playing
    with my locks.
    I was a naturally born dada.
    I didnt know where i inherited it from
    though. My mum had natural hair, same
    with the demon called my father. My locks
    were dark, neat and long and it suited my
    very fair skin very well.
    'look Kaka, i've told you before and i'm
    going to repeat myself. This cousin of
    yours, Marcus or whatever his name is, is
    going to cause problems between us. I
    dont know how many times i'm going to
    tell you this. I'm not interested in a
    relationship and thats final. You pestering
    my life isnt going to do our friendship any
    good, so quit!' i was very serious when i
    said it.
    Marcus could ruin our friendship. Kaka had
    no idea how much i hated him. I hated
    him to the extent his mere presence alone
    irritated me.
    She shook her head 'you dont know what
    you are doing to yourself K, i've told you
    this before and i'm going to repeat myself
    over and over as well, you dont live your
    life in other people's shadows. Other
    people's ill-lucks might be your goodluck,
    that someone else did not succeed in a
    particular area does not mean you wont
    succeed as well, K...'
    'Kaka, stop this now!' i said vehemently
    'stop this now and i mean it, i am very
    serious'
    'fine!' she raised her hand up in defeat
    'i've long known that you dont like taking
    corrections, whatever you believe is the
    right thing, every other thing someone
    says is useless and unreasonable! If you
    like, dont get married! Dont give any guy a
    chance! Remain and die a virgin, its ur
    da.mn business, i'm done talking sense
    into you. That your father left your mother
    does not mean your husband would also
    leave you!'
    I lost it. I slapped her.
    *

    JOLADE.
    I checked my wristwatch for the
    umpteenth time and looked at the
    entrance of the fast food and i sighed.
    He had asked me to come by 1pm, but
    now it was almost 2:30 and he was
    nowhere to be found.
    I wondered where he was and what he
    was doing at the moment. He could be
    with another girl...
    I shuddered at the thought of that.
    I wondered if Nathan was ever going to
    change. He was the most handsome guy
    i've ever met but then, his manners suck.
    He was rude and disrespectful to me all
    the time, no matter how much i tried to
    please him. No matter how much i tried to
    make him love me the way i did. He just
    didnt know how much i really loved him.
    I sighed in relief when i saw him enter the
    fast food. He looked around and when he
    found me, he started walking towards me.
    I loved everything about him. His swag. His
    dressence. His walking step, everything
    about me.
    He got to my table, pulled out a chair and
    sat on it without as much glance towards
    me or even a greeting.
    Then he pulled out his phone and began
    to type.
    Not again! I sighed. When will i ever get
    the attention of this young man? God
    please help me! Help me in this.
    'Nathan, hi...' i greeted with a slight shaky
    voice.
    'hi, you too' he said not looking up from
    his phone.
    'how are you doing?'
    'fine'
    'what about your mum?'
    'you have her phone number right?'
    'um...eh..yes i do. I'll call her later'
    Then he looked up, tucked his phone back
    into his pocket then stood up 'lets get out
    of here. Have you had something to eat?'
    he asked with a devilish smile.
    'eh...um...yeah, but where are we going
    to?'
    'you're going to need that food in few
    minutes from now. Get up' he said
    walking towards me. He pulled me up
    quickly i almost kicked my foot on the
    table.
    Then he proceeded to drag me out of the
    restaurant.
    *****
    He dumped me on the bed and pulled off
    his clothes.
    Then he came upon me, kissing and
    groping at the same time.
    I sighed in relief, i thought he was going
    to be forceful but no, it seems he was in a
    good mood today. He was very calm,
    gentle and romantic and it didnt take
    much time to arouse me.
    ****
    I woke up to the smell of marijuana. And i
    knew it, Nathan was at it again.
    I sat up gently and coughed.
    He was sitting on the couch opposite the
    bed, he was smoking, unclad and wanking
    again.
    I was like....was this guy an addict or
    something.
    'Nathan?'
    He looked up at me and stood up.
    'what took you so long to wake? You'd me
    starving here. Lie down and spready your
    legs quickly' he commanded.
     
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    MABEL.
    I flipped through the pages of the photo
    album from my youthful days. I smiled at
    some, frowned at some and laughed at
    some. I had had a very beautiful childhood
    filled with wonderful memories.
    I smiled at a photo that had me and my
    friends way back in a beach.
    We all had ice creams smeared on our
    faces and we all looked very cheerful.
    Vivian, Joyce, Martha, and....
    Chichi...
    Chichi. Her name rolled off my lips. Then i
    forced a smile, circling my fingers round
    her smiling face. My heart thugged in guilt.
    We had been very close friends. We shared
    everything together, we had the same
    birthdate though she was a year older
    than me.
    I loved her so much.
    A tear rolled off my left eye. I've never been
    able to get rid of the guilet i feel whenever
    i thought of what i'd done to her.
    Will she ever forgive me?
    ****
    KAINENE.
    'make sure the accountant transfers all the
    money to....' i was saying to the
    receptionist when i heard my name being
    called from behind.
    I turned around to see who that person
    was but then i accidentally bumped into
    someone and the person's bag fell on the
    floor.
    'oh my God!! I'm so sorry, i never meant
    to...' i bent down to pick the bag. I dusted
    the bag and handed it back to the owner.
    It was a very beautiful young lady linking
    arms with an equally handome young man
    who had an arrogant look on his face.
    I had to say they complemented each
    other. Beautiful. Handsome.
    'i'm very sorry, it wasnt intentional....' i was
    slapped.
    I was momentarily dumb.
    The lady had slapped me. I blinked twice
    unsure of the next step to take.
    'how dare you? Are you blind or
    something? Do you know how much that
    bag cost me?' the lady fumed.
    'what the....' i was very shocked.
    I thought i apologised....
    In reflex, i found myself giving her three
    slaps, all at once.
    The guy she was with held me and
    slapped me.
    I spat on his face and fought him with all
    i've got, i made sure i tore his shirt and
    pinching his face.
    It was the security guards that held up
    apart. I was so angry and mad, i felt like
    strangling both him and the lady he was
    with.
    'let go of me!' i screamed fighting with the
    guard who held me.
    'you are a very stupid girl!' the other girl
    cursed 'just take a look at what you've
    done to his face! You were the one at
    fault, yet you couldnt even apologise!
    Foolish animal!'
    'both you and your entire family are the
    foolish animals here and not me! Didnt i
    apologise? How dare you lay your filthy
    hands on me? But you and your shameless
    boyfriend who has no respect for
    womanhood! What man slaps a woman
    he had never seen before? You dont even
    know the kind of man he is! I wonder
    how many times he has turned you into a
    punching bag!' i retorted angrily.
    'shut up!' the lady barked. I could tell she
    was angry. Because i just spat out the
    truth.
    'bark all you want, the truth is bitter!' I
    turned to the security 'throw this two
    disgusting pigs out of my mother's hotel. I
    dont want to ever see them here again!'
    I turned to leave when the guy held my
    hand.
    My heart fluttered for some unknown
    reason.
    Then he came closer, so close, i could feel
    his breathe 'i will make you pay for this
    humiliation. Mark my words!' He wiped the
    blood from his face and smeared it on my
    clothes.
    Then he walked away.
    The lady walked towards me, eyed me
    'stupid girl!' she cursed and walked away.

    CHAPTER 2 CONTINUES TOMORROW
     
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    Good one bro
     
  10. Prezzy

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    Are there people living like this in this age?
    With all these women campaign going on, I find it hard to believe
     
  11. Joooh

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    I guess that guy is a "forceful lover" to that lady he was with...similar behaviors
     
  12. Joooh

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    But eerhn, na only man dey f**k up for this life? 'cause I observed that the stories here tag only the females as victim of sexual assault, divorce, cheating, abbl...just saying though :)
     
  13. Joooh

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    Interesting write-up here buddy
     
  14. Prezzy

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    Yeah, stories can lie a lot.. Just lie movies especially Nollywood.

    In reality, I think it's balanced
     
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    That's why it's a story sha...
    Lol, bro seems to have "hard-spot" for Nollywood
     
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    Red Ashes.
    Chapter 2
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    JOLADE.
    'that girl is such a stupid girl!' i said 'just
    take a look at what she did to your face!
    You shouldnt have left like that, i should
    have taught her a lesson she would never
    forget, how dare she....'
    He turned off the ignition and came down
    before i finished talking. I was wondering
    why he stopped the car in the middle of
    nowhere.
    He came over to my side of the car and
    opened it 'get out' he said.
    I was confused 'get out of where?'
    'get out of the car, right now!' He wasnt
    joking. He really meant it. And the Nathan i
    knew could do something like that and
    even worse.
    'Nathan please...' i pleaded still sitting in
    the car 'please, what have i done?'
    'get out'
    'Nathan please, i'm sorry if i talked too
    much, i promise to remain silent till you
    take me home' i pleaded with my hands
    together 'i'm very sorry, i didnt mean to....'
    I screamed as he dragged me out of the
    car and pushed me to the floor.
    He went over to his side, entered the car,
    threw my expensive purse out of the
    window and sped away raising dust
    behind.
    'Nathan!! Nathan!!! No! Come back
    please...' i screamed but his car was
    nowhere in sight.
    I started panting.
    It was dark, lonely and quiet. There was no
    car around, it wasnt a surprise as the time
    should be around 2am.
    I got more scared when i realised the guy
    had dropped me right in front of a
    cementry!
    I practically screamed my lungs out when i
    saw the signpost. Then i started to cry.
    What kind of a life was this? What kind of
    a relationship was this? What kind of love
    was this?
    I remembered my cellphone and i
    searched my purse for it but i couldnt find
    it.
    And then i remembered i had plugged it in
    his car with the cord. And he had
    forgotten to hand it over ask well.
    Tears dropped from my eyes. Could this
    day get any more worse? I imagined
    ghosts dressed in white coming out of the
    cementry with their fangs and they came
    closer to me. Closer and closer they came
    until....
    I screamed and took to my heels. I ran as
    fast as my legs could carry me. But as
    much as i tried to run, it felt as if i
    remained on one spot.
    But i kept on screaming and running till i
    was out of breath. Then i sat on the floor,
    folded my legs and cried.
    I cried and cried.
    'oh my! It seems there's a damsel in
    distress' i heard a voice say from behind
    me.
    I quickly jumped up in fright.
    But it was too late as i was already
    surrounded by three guys.
    I felt a hard blow at the back of my head.
    Suddenly i began to see six of them. My
    sight became blurry and i was dizzy.
    I felt the world spin around me till i fell to
    the floor. Then there was blackout.
    *

    KAINENE.
    'Nene!' my mother called looking surprised
    'what happened? Why are looking so
    dishevelled?' She asked wiping sleep away
    from her eyes.
    I sighed 'it was a stupid customer! I'm
    glad i taught the both of them a lesson
    they would never ever foget!'
    She regarded me for a while 'Kainene, you
    fought with a customer again'
    'it wasnt really my fault mum! This
    customers can be so rude and...'
    'its ur job to tolerate them Kainene. They
    are our customers. Is this how you are
    going to run the five star hotel when i'm
    gone?'
    I sighed exasperatedly 'not like that mum,
    i'm sorry. But she slapped me, i mean the
    customer, and when i retaliated, her
    stupid boyfriend slapped me too, can you
    imagine?!'
    'a guy slapped you?'
    'exactly!'
    'then why didnt you call the securities? He
    deserves to rot in jail! How dare he lay his
    fingers on my beauty queen' she said with
    a smiled playing with my chubby cheeks.
    'what i did to him was far worse than
    what the police would have done to him.
    The guy is such a fool! Nothing pained me
    more than the fact that he had the guts to
    slap me! Me? Kainene. Trust me, i gave him
    his own quarter'
    'thats my girl! High five'
    I hit my palm with hers and we hugged.
    'oh mum...' i checked the clock on the wall
    'i thought you'd be sleeping by now. Its
    past 2am already. The bar was what kept
    me out this late, and i'm so hungry and
    tired right now, all i want is good food
    and a goodnight rest'
    'why not go up and shower while i serve
    your food, i prepared your favourite' she
    said tickling me.
    I giggled 'oh stop it mum! Its ticklish!' she
    playfully slapped my back and laughed
    'anyways, you should sleep, dont bother
    about the food, i'll handle it'
    'there's no way i'm going to let my
    princess enter the kitchen by this time,
    now, get going!'
    ****
    CHIOMA.
    I watched as my daughter ate hungrily. I
    smiled as i watched her. Kainene had
    grown into a matured, intelligent and a
    very beautiful young lady. Her natural
    dreadlocks had grown longer and darker
    and it looked so beautiful.
    She had grown up pretty fast and i
    wondered what it would have been like if
    her father had been around.
    I closed my eyes at the thought of Chuks.
    My heart clenched in hatred.
    I didnt want to remember him. He was
    nothing but a fool and remembering him
    was something i wouldnt like.
    Yes, i had lied to Kainene. I had told her
    her dad had left us when she was only but
    a kid.
    And she never knew that i was the one
    who demanded for a divorce. And i equally
    did not tell her that i had seen him today.
    He had paid me a visit on her absence.
    I knew it was going to shatter her. I knew
    how much she hated her dad. I knew just
    how much she disliked men because of
    her dad. She had vowed never to get
    married ever since she learnt about what
    her dad had did.
    I was quite sad that she had chosen to live
    under my shadows. How i wished the man
    who would sweep her off her feet would
    come quick.
    How do i tell her that not all men are the
    same? How do i tell her not to follow my
    own footsteps and live her own life? How
    do i tell her to let go of her hatred for her
    father and give someone a chance?
    My own daughter had never been in a
    relationship before. I knew because we
    were so close, we told each other
    everything and she had never even
    mentioned a guy she was crushing on to
    me before.
    Her best friend, Kamsi or Kaka as she
    fondly called her was engaged to get
    married in few months time.
    Evelyn, her second best friend was equally
    a married woman having tied the knot last
    month. But own daughter was yet to get a
    boyfriend not to talk of getting married.
    'what are you thinking about mum?' she
    asked washing her hands and pushing the
    plates aside.
    I only smiled at her 'i was just imagining
    what my grandchildren would look like'
    The smile left her face for a while but she
    smiled back saying nothing.
    She picked up her bag, pecked my
    goodnight and headed back to her room.



    CHAPTER 3 DROPS SOON
     
  17. Alashelee

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    Red Ashes.
    Continuation chapter 2.

    MABEL.
    I raised my head to see Nathan sitting very
    close to me on the couch. It was very
    surprising and so unusual of my son. He
    hardly ever spends time in the sitting
    room.
    'had your fill of marijuana and cigarettes
    already?' i asked sizing him up.
    She gave this one-sided smile of his that
    always made him look dangerous and
    charming at the same time.
    'i guess so' he said without removing his
    gaze from the television.
    'why not tell me why you came down to
    the sitting room today? And tell me how
    you got that scar on your face' i said
    noticing the fresh looking wound.
    He touched the scar and smiled one-
    sidedly again 'a girl pinched me'
    I scoffed saying nothing.
    He touched my left hand 'arent you going
    to say something?'
    'what do you want me to say?'
    'why didnt you prepare breakfast this
    morning?'
    I scoffed again 'so then what do you now
    take me for? Your cook or what?'
    'the thing is, i dont know why there are no
    cooks and househelps around. You're a
    wealthy woman, you can afford them'
    'for your information dear son, we do
    have helps around here. At least, someone
    comes here thrice a week for the laundry,
    someone also comes here every two days
    for cleaning and gardening, so...'
    'when i meant househelps, i meant agile
    young ladies, stay in househelps, by the
    way! Why did you employ those old and
    unattractive women? Are there no other
    beautiful young ladies out there?'
    'oh so you get to rape them?' i laughed
    'no son, i'm now wiser than that. I wont
    let you ruin people's lives Nathan, not
    anymore. You're a very dangerous person
    and any young girl very close to you is
    obviously in danger. Most times, i thank my
    creator he never gave me a female child
    else my male child would have raped her
    to death!'
    He laughed so loudly showing off his
    immaculate white teeth 'oh mum! You're
    so unbelievable! Seriously?' he laughed
    again 'so you think i wont have my way
    with those dirty, ugly old women you've
    employed in this house?' he snorted 'so
    patethic!'
    'Nathan, you will never change!' i said
    eyeing him in disgust 'i wonder when
    you'll ever become responsible. I even
    wonder what Jolade sees in you because
    honestly, you dont deserve that girl! All you
    do is sleep with all the girls that come your
    way, rape them, smoke all the cigarettes
    and marijuana you can, take all the
    alcoholic drink that comes your way!
    You've refused to take responsibility as the
    only son of the house. As old as you are, i
    should have retired from my company
    while you handle it perfectly! But hell no!
    You never want to work, you dont want to
    do anything at all or be useful in your life.
    All you want is continue living a wasteful
    and extravagant life! You dont know
    you're a man. You'll have a family someday,
    how do you provide for your family with
    this shameless attitude of yours? Even the
    bible states that a man who cannot
    provide for his family is worse than an
    infidel! You think the situation is going to
    rosy everytimes...' i made a sound with my
    throat 'no my son! Just because i provide
    everything you need does not mean you
    wont work. Work Nathan! Get a life! You're
    a man for crying out loud!'
    'now i think i've heard enough of your
    nonsense!' he said playing with the almost
    invincible hairs on his chin 'can you please
    spare your speech? Because you're just
    yarning balls'
    'me? Yarning balls?' i said hitting my chest
    'me, your mother yarning balls? Okay, no
    problem, i'm yarning balls abi? Fine! But
    mark my words Nathan! There'll come a
    time when this balls i'm yarning begin to
    metarphose into meaningful words, you'll
    remember this very words i'm telling you
    today and you'll regret never making hay
    while the sun still shines. Sit here and
    useless your life, continue wasting your
    life! 26 years of age, nothing to show for
    it!'
    'i dont see why you're biting your butts
    when its my life. Its my life! Its a free
    world! Why not live your life and let me live
    mine? Just remain on your lane, stop
    preaching!'
    'i will continue preaching oo! I will
    continue preaching. You know why?
    Because i am your mother. I brought you
    into this life. And whether you become
    successful in this life or not, all fingers will
    still point at me. Nathan, heaven and earth
    bears me witness that i tried to put my
    son in the right path, but since he had
    decided to waste his life, so be it. But that
    wont stop me from talking. I will never
    stop talking until the day i die!'
    He looked at me thoughtfully 'now that i've
    thought about it mum, i think its high time
    you died already' i grimaced and he
    continued 'i mean, your mates are already
    dead. What then are you waiting for? Die
    so i could inherit the company!'
    'ah!' i bit my fingers as tears welled up in
    my eyes. My own son was wishing me
    death! 'Nathaniel, dont let me lay a curse
    on you because its going to follow you for
    the rest of your life!'
    He scoffed 'curses? They do not work. At
    least not for me' he stood up and left for
    his room.
    ***

    KAINENE.
    My feet were hurting. I was so tired and
    exhausted and i thought after attending to
    this particular customer that just arrived, i
    would sit and allow the others work.
    Not that we do not have workers in the
    bar, but serving drinks to customers was
    something i derived pleasure in doing,
    especially when it was extremely busy like
    today.
    I approached the customer who was
    sitting alone at one side of the bar. His
    gaze was on his phone.
    'hello good day sir, what would you like to
    have?' i said in my sweetest voice and a
    smile plastered on my face.
    Then he raised his head up. And i
    frowned. I could see the recognition in his
    eyes. And he smiled almost immediately.
    'hi' he said.
    'you? What the hell are you doing here?' I
    was very angry now and i was very
    determined to continue what i had started
    yesterday.
    'i see you're a waiter here...' he said
    dropping his phone and reaching for the
    packet of cigarette in front of him 'you
    dont have to be rude to a customer you
    know, do you want to lose your job? If i
    should tell your boss what you did
    yesterday, be rest assured you're going to
    lose your job...' he said winking at him.
    I eyed him in disgust 'now you listen here
    and listen very good, i want you out of
    here before the count of five and i dont
    want to ever set eyes on your silly as.s in
    this hotel ever again, do you understand?!'
    He laughed. Slowly at first, then loudly. I
    loved the sound of his laughter. It
    sounded like music to my ears, gentle and
    strong at the same time.
    'i really love your guts. There's something
    about you that i cant place my hand on....'
    he puffed thick smoke into the air and
    patted the seat beside him 'have a seat,
    lets talk'
    'you're so, so, so....i dont even know what
    to call you! Do you want me to disgrace
    you here? Didnt i just say you should get
    out?' My voice had risen now and people
    were staring at us but i didnt care.
    'Kainene!' I turned to see my mum behind
    me. She was looking angry and i
    wondered why or when she came to the
    hotel. She hardly visited nowadays owing
    to the fact that she wasnt feeling too well
    and i was doing a good job in managing
    the hotel just fine.
    'mum....'
    She came to me, gave me a stern look
    before looking at the guy who had an
    arrogant smirk on his face 'i'm very sorry,
    i....'
    'your daughter lacks manners you know....'
    he said taking a drag from his cigarette
    'twice i've been humiliated by her. I've got
    to say you did a very bag job in raising
    her'
    'and i also have to say your mother did a
    very terrible job in raising someone as
    irresponsible as you are!' i said angrily.
    'Kainene...' my mum said angrily 'not even
    a word from you. Whats wrong with you?
    Is this how you treat my customers?'
    'mum.....'
    'i demand that you apologise right now,
    and i mean immediately'
    'what?' i opened my mouth in shock.
    'right now, apologise!'
    'with all due respect mum, i cant...'
    'apologise right now Kainene else i would
    be forced to take a very drastic action, one
    you would never expect from me!' I had
    never seen my mother so angry before. I
    felt guilty, i was making my own mother
    angry.
    I turned back to the guy who was lighting
    a second cigarette. Chain smoker!
    I closed my eyes and took a deep breath
    'sorry'
    'do it properly will you!' mum scolded.
    'i'm sorry dear customer...' i said with a
    sarcastic note on my voice.
    He smiled 'i'll only forgive you on one
    condition'
    'you are so stupid! You....' i stopped when i
    saw the stern look on mum's face 'i'm
    sorry. What condition is that?'
    'that i have your phone number and you
    sit here with me till i leave'
    'i can see you're high on something very
    strong! Are you so blind that you cant see
    that i have customers to attend to? Mum,
    are you hearing what this dimwit is
    saying?' i said hitting my fist on the table.
    He laughed again.
    'Kainene, mind your language..' mum said
    'i dont see anything wrong in what he
    said. You dont have to take care of
    anything. The workers are here and i
    would help if i have to. Just sit and keep
    him company'
    I couldnt believe my ears 'mum, what did
    you say?'
    'you heard me Kainene. And if you do
    contrary to what i just said...you would not
    believe what i'd do to you' her voice was
    firm. Then she turned back to the
    customer with a smile 'i'm very sorry for
    my daughter's attitude dear. I'm Mrs
    Chioma Ighe and this is my daughter
    Kainene Ighe. Its nice meeting you' she
    brought out her hand for a handshake.
    He took it 'my pleasure'
    'sorry, whats your name again?' my mum
    asked.
    'Nathan....Nathaniel Imore'
    I thought i saw mother frown a bit before
    she smiled back 'okay, i'll see you around
    some other time. Have a swell time with
    my wonderful daughter'
    'no problem' he said lighting another
    cigarette.
    Mum winked at me and walked away.
    I eyed the guy, pulled a chair and sat
    opposite him.



    3 DROPS SOON
     
  18. Alashelee

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    JOLADE.
    I opened my eyes slowly. I had a banging
    headache and my sight was blurry. I
    looked around and it felt like i was no
    longer on earth, maybe a different planet.
    I felt like i was being suspended to the air,
    i felt hungry, tired and dizzy, you name it.
    I looked around. I was in an uncompleted
    building. There were used condoms
    around, sperm-filled and the entire place
    smelt like sex.
    I nearly screamed when i found out i was
    unclad, totally unclad, from the crown of
    my head to the sole of my feet.
    Then i remembered what happened the
    night before and it dawned on me that i
    had been raped by maybe three or more
    guys.
    'Oh Nathan' i cried.
    I looked around for my clothes but i
    couldnt find them, not even my undies. I
    threw myself on the floor and wailed
    loudly.
    'madam?'
    I turned quickly, already scared. Maybe
    they had come back to continue from
    where they stopped.
    But when i turned, i was a bit relieved and
    terrified as well when i saw Kelvin, the
    cleaner at our house standing there.
    What was he doing there?
    ****
    KAINENE
    'i think i like you'
    'and i honestly think you're high' i retorted
    sipping from my malt drink. I felt irritated.
    This guy was nothing but an annoying
    fellow. From his words, i could tell he was
    a rich kid from a single mother. You
    needed to see and hear how he bragged
    about his mother's wealth. So irritating
    and annoying.
    'common babe!' he said smiling, a
    cigarette between his fingers 'loosen up a
    bit will you'
    'how many cigarettes do you smoke a
    day? Because you've smoked more than
    three packets since i had the misfortune of
    sharing a table with you. Do you plan on
    committing suicide or what?'
    He laughed and reached for my collar but i
    slapped his hands away.
    He laughed harder reaching for his packet
    of cigarette but i quickly snatched it from
    his grasp.
    'listen here, you will not smoke again
    when i'm seated here with you. Its an
    insult to me, if you're a chimney then do it
    somewhere else but certainly not when
    i'm here, do you understand?' I squeezed
    the packet and threw it away, far away
    from the table.
    I saw surprise in his eyes. And for the first
    time i saw his face expressionless and
    emotionless. He wasnt laughing or
    smirking, he just stared. It was as if he had
    never had something like this done to him
    before.
    He stared deeply into my eyes and i stared
    back at his, more like i was daring him to
    do something.
    His hazel eyes did something to me, but i
    wasnt going to show it. My eyes darted to
    his lips, they were pink, and i wondered
    how it still remained pink after all the
    smoking.
    Then i felt his lips move. He was saying
    something but it was almost in a whisper,
    i still heard him nonetheless.
    'i've never had a lady be so rude to me
    before...' he said in a whisper 'i've never
    had a lady dare me the way you do. And
    i've never had a lady look directly into my
    eyes and hold my stare without being
    shaken'
    Oh, i was shaken, but i wasnt going to
    show it.
    'even my mum would not have the guts to
    throw my cigarette away and she never
    talks to me the way you do' he said, still in
    a whisper.
    'would you please speak louder? Did you
    swallow a frog or what?' i asked rudely.
    He shook his head, stood up and picked
    his car keys.
    'oh my, you're leaving already? Should i
    walk you to the car?' i asked sarcastically.
    'no'
    'then you should say thank you to me. I
    kept you company. Show some gratitude'
    He scoffed 'gratitude? My ass!'
    I stood up immediately 'what did you just
    say?'
    'you heard me young lady'
    'it seems you dont know me...' i flung my
    dreadlocks backwards and kicked off my
    shoes, i was ready for a showdown 'it
    seems you're a very proud person who
    thinks the world revolves around you, but
    sorry to burst your bubbles honey. There's
    no way in fu,cks sake are you leaving here
    without showing gratitude!'
    He eyed me like i was some sort of lunatic
    then he started walking away.
    I held his hand and pinched it with my
    long nails. He screamed trying to wiggle
    free from my piercing fingernails but he
    couldnt.
    'say sorry. And say thank you if you want
    me to release you!' i commanded. I knew
    people were staring at us but i didnt care.
    I was going to extract an apology from
    this dude whether the devil likes it or not.
    'i'm sorryyyy! I'm sorrryyyy pleassee!
    Thank you....' he panted as blood gushed
    from his hand 'please just let go of my
    hand! Thanks for keeping me company, i
    appreciate'
    I smiled victoriously and left him alone 'i
    never knew you knew about saying
    thanks' i picked my shoes and hit his head
    with my heels eyed him and walked away.
    He was staring at me, as if he had never
    seen me before.
     
  19. Alashelee

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    Red Ashes.
    Chapter 3.

    MABEL.
    'where is Jolade?' i asked Nathan
    immediately he entered.
    He stopped, eyed me and turned to leave.
    He was in a very foul mood today, i could
    sense it.
    'Nathan? Is it not you i'm talking to?
    Where is Jolade?'
    'do i look like her keeper?' he barked
    angrily 'look woman, i'm in no mood for
    your nonsense this evening. It will do you
    so much good if you'll just leave me alone!'
    He turned to leave.
    I jumped up on my feet and held his hand
    tightly 'how dare you....'
    He winced and i let go of his hands only to
    see blood dripping from it.
    'oh my God!' i gasped 'who did this to
    you?'
    He shot me an angry look 'just leave me
    alone!' he climbed the stairs and headed
    for his room.
    My phone rang immediately. It was Mrs
    Tonia, Jolade's mum.
    'hello Mabel, any news?' she asked
    immediately.
    'i'm sorry friend. Uhm...Nathan is not home
    yet. I'm calling him but he aint picking his
    calls'
    'same here. I'm also calling his line but
    he's ignoring my calls. Look Mabel, please
    help me tell him, if something bad
    happens to my daughter then he should
    be ready to take responsibility for it
    because he was the last person Jolade saw
    before she got missing'
    'now how do you know he was the last
    person Jolade saw?'
    'because she told me she was going to see
    him that day! See Mabel, dont let me
    involve the police in this matter. This is a
    very delicate situation. Nathan could go to
    jail if Jolade isnt found in 24hours'
    'you seem to be forgetting something
    here Tonia' i said 'Jolade is an adult and
    she has the right to go wherever she
    wants to. Who knows where she went to
    after seeing Nathan? Or how sure are you
    that it was Nathan she went to see? My
    son is a good boy, and he loves Jolade....' i
    swallowed at my lie 'he would never do
    anything to hurt her. But that
    notwithstanding, i'll also ask Nathan when
    he gets back'
    'i am just sounding a warning so it doesnt
    come as a surprise to you'
    'i understand how you feel Mrs Tonia. But
    its so low of you to think that my own son
    would be capable of such act. Besides, its
    not even confirmed yet if Jolade is missing
    or not'
    'bye' she hung up quickly.
    I let out a sigh. Deep down, i knew what i
    told her was a lie. Nathan was capable of
    doing anything. I didnt know what to
    believe anymore.
    What if he had held her hostage in a place
    so he could rape and use her at will?
    Nathan was capable of that.
    I placed my hand on my forehead 'God,
    please take control'
    I stood up and went to his room. I didnt
    knock, i just pushed the door and entered.
    I gasped.
    Nathan was unclad, on his knees, his
    manhood in his left hand and his right
    hand supported his nose as he inhaled the
    whitish substance on the table.
    I knew Nathan smoked all manner of
    rubbish but never for once did i suspect
    that he could also be a drug addict! I never
    knew my son takes cocaine!
    He was making muffled sounds while
    wanking.
    'cocaine!' i gasped loudly.
    He raised his head, looked at me, smiled
    drunkenly and continued wanking.
    My legs suddenly felt weak under me. I
    went to his bed, fell on it and cried loudly.
    God why me? Was Nathan the
    repercussion for all my sins? Was he my
    nemesis? Did Chichi lay a curse on me?
    I wept. I cursed God. I cursed my mother
    for giving birth to me. I cursed his father
    for impregnating me and running away.
    I cried like never before. My son didnt
    deem it fit to console me. When i raised up
    my head again, he was jerking as cum
    poured out of his di.ck. He was so
    shameless, he couldnt even cover his
    unclothedness.
    I cried to the extent that i didnt know
    when i fell asleep on his bed. But i knew i
    woke up the next morning, just outside
    his room. He had taken me out of his room
    and placed me on the floor. He couldnt
    even drop me in my room on my bed.
    Nathan was so heartless.
    But i made up my mind never to shed a
    tear for him again. He had done his worst.
    Now its time to teach him a lesson he
    would never forget in a hurry.
    ##

    JOLADE.
    'come, let me help you' Kelvin said
    stretching his hand. I took it. I hugged
    myself in cold.
    He had taken me to his house, where i had
    freshened up and wore a big shirt of his
    and a baggy short of his.
    'i'm so sorry about your ordeal ma'am, i
    never expected to see you in that
    uncompleted building..it actually belongs
    to my late elder brother. I know hoodlums
    do gather there and do all sort of bad
    things, so i just decided to check on it
    today. I was very shocked to see you there
    totally Unclad. I'm sorry, but were you
    raped?' he asked as we stood by the
    roadside waiting to board a cab.
    'will you just shut up and leave me alone?!'
    i barked at him 'just because you found
    me in this unfortunate condition and
    helped me doesnt mean you should try to
    pry into my private life. Because no matter
    what, you still remain my common cleaner,
    do you understand?!!!'
    He lowered his head for a while before
    speaking, and when he did, his voice was
    soft 'i'm sorry ma'am, i didnt mean to get
    you angry. I...i just think you might need
    help. If you're able to recognise anyone of
    those guys who did this to you, i could
    help you find....'
    'and whoever said i was raped?!'
    'i'm sorry'
    'flag down a cab will you! Instead of just
    standing here and spitting nonsense!'
    ****
    KAINENE.
    'to be sincere mum, i did not like your
    reaction today, thats i did not like the way
    you handled things at the hotel today...' i
    said, my hands on my hips 'it was wrong,
    you didnt even care to listen to my own
    side of the story, you just went ahead to
    believe all that nicompoop was saying! Do
    you believe thats the same guy who
    slapped me at the hotel yesterday?'
    My mum raised a brow, then smiled
    adjusting her glasses 'come on now Nene,
    you take things too serious. That guy is
    our customer and its our duty to take
    good care of our customers and overlook
    them sometimes'
    'not for me! I believe every fuckup must be
    treated. If any customer tries to take
    advantage of me, then i'm so going to put
    that person into his pockets. Shits aint for
    me mum, i dont take it'
    'do you realise you're speaking to me
    young lady?'
    I sighed and rolled my eyes 'i'm sorry. But
    then you owe me an apology too!' i said
    pouting my lips 'do you know how many
    insults that stupid guy hauled at me?'
    'i'm sorry dear. I'm just teaching you how
    to handle customers and respect their
    wishes. Besides, that guy looked like a nice
    catch...' she winked at me.
    'oh oh! I said it!' i clapped my hands 'i
    knew you had something up your sleeves.
    I know you mum, i know you more than
    anyone else does! Fuc.k shi.t!'
    She frowned immediately 'Kainene!'
    'okay, sorry! I'm sorry about my language.
    But then, you should quit on doing such
    things. It wont work. Its high time you
    started realising that male antics wont
    work for me. No man would be given the
    chance to toy with my heard just the way
    yours was toyed with!' It was out before i
    could stop it.
    I held my mouth immediately looking at
    my mum's sudden frown 'i'm very sorry
    mum'
    She picked up her reading glasses and
    newspapers and left for her room without
    a second glance.
    I felt really bad. I felt like going after her
    but i knew it would be best if i apologise
    the following morning.
    My phone buzzed beside me. I hissed
    when i saw the caller. Why was she calling
    me?
    I pushed the phone aside without picking,
    but when it continued to ring, i changed
    my mind.
    'hello Kamsiyochukwu, why are you calling
    my line by this time of the night?' i asked
    angrily.
    'K baby, take a chill pill there...' she said
    softly 'i called to apologise for what
    happened the other say. Please forgive me.
    I never meant to hurt you with my words.
    I'm really sorry'
    'look Kaka...' i swallowed hard 'just, leave
    me alone'
    'i'm so sorry. It wont happen again.
    Remember you slapped me. That slap
    blocked my ears i had to visit eh...what do
    they call those doctors that treats ears
    again...eh hen eartrician....'
    I started laughing 'eartrician indeed! Are
    you sure you even went to school?'
    'first class babe like me, na you dey use
    dey play abi? You dey chop bottle? No
    allow me tear your head ooo'
    'eh hen, shebi na you dey apologise
    before, you con dey threaten me abi? Oya
    bye bye, no call my line again!'
    'ahn ahn, someone cannot play with you.
    Is that how you used to do?'
    'okay, do the do. May the spirit of kolewerk
    kill you!'
    'amen!'
    I laughed 'yeye girl. Okay now, make i go
    sleep. Time don do'
    'i dey show for your crib tomorrow. You
    dey reach hotel?'
    'no oo. I no get strength. I no go go
    tomorrow'
    'no quata'
    'sha no bring Marcus come'
    'hahahaha, no problem. Nightie dearie, i
    love u'
    'i love you too Kaka'
    She laughed and hung up.
    TBC
     
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  22. Alashelee

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    Red Ashes.

    Chapter 4.

    JOLADE.
    'Joladeee!' my mum screamed immediately
    i entered the room. She was surprised and
    shocked at the same time.
    She drew me into her arms, hugging and
    pecking me 'oh lord have mercy! Where
    have you been?'
    I started crying. I felt like telling her
    everything. Starting from when Nathan
    dropped me off on a lonely road at very
    ungodly hour. To how i was raped my
    hoodlums. I just felt like pouring my heart
    out, but i knew better.
    'is Nathan responsible?' she asked.
    'no no!' my response was too quick and
    she raised a brow, then i wiped my tears
    and sat on her bed 'Nathan didnt go
    anything, he's innocent'
    She looked at me inquisitvely, then sat
    beside me 'tell me then, where have you
    been for the past three days and who
    owns this shabby clothes you're putting
    on? The police have been searching
    everywhere for you!'
    'i...i...went to a party with some friends...' i
    lied.
    'a party? Whose party?'
    'a birthday party of a friend i newly met.
    The party was stormed by armed robbers
    and everywhere went frenzy. I escaped
    following a very dangerous route and
    thats where Kelvin found me...' i sobbed.
    'Kelvin? Which Kelvin? Our Kelvin?'
    I nodded. Then she hugged me wiping my
    tears away.
    'mum? Can i ask for a favour?' i asked.
    She looked at me 'what is it my dear?'
    'i dont want to get married to Nathan
    anymore. I dont want to be engaged to
    him anymore'
    'are you out of your mind! What are you
    saying?' mum asked with a slight frown
    on her face.
    'i dont love him anymore mum...' i lied. I
    loved him so much it hurts 'i just want to
    be single for now. I'm in love with
    someone else'
    'Jolade! Whats this nonsense you're
    saying?'
    'the nonsense i'm saying is, i want our
    engagement cancelled. Whatever plans
    both you and his mother had has to be
    annuled this minute, because i cant take it
    anymore. I've had enough. Mummy Mabel
    knows what i'm saying'
    She help my face with her palms 'does he
    maltreat you? Does he beat you?'
    'no...' i lied. I couldnt count the times
    Nathan had laid his hands on me. They
    were uncountable 'he just...i...i think he
    doesnt love me. He doesnt mistreat me
    but, i dont want to end up with a man
    who's just with me because he was
    bethroted to me and has no other choice
    but to be with me. I want a man who will
    love and respect me for who i am, not for
    anyone or anything. I'm not saying Nathan
    is a bad man, he's a very good guy, a
    quality husband material, but i've had
    enough mum! I'm tired!' i cried on her
    shoulder.
    Was it a bad thing to love? Why did i love
    Nathan this way?
    ###

    MABEL.
    'wow! I'm so surprised to see you here
    Tonia, its been ages since you last came to
    my office' i said offering her a seat. She
    looked serious and i immediately knew
    something was up 'Jolade called me
    yesterday. She said she got home and....'
    'i know she called you...' she interrupted.
    I just smiled. She continued 'look Mabel, i
    think our children are going through
    sometimes, i dont really know whats up
    but Jolade is no longer interested in
    marrying Nathan...'
    My jaw dropped. My smile disappeared
    'what?'
    'you heard me. Yesterday, Jolade cried
    begging me to end the betrothal. She said
    Nathan is a good man which i seriously
    doubt. If he's a good man, why then
    would she not want to marry him? I think
    he mistreats her. From her tears, i could
    see she still loves him. So thats why i'm
    here, so we could iron out things like
    adults. I really like Jolade and Nathan
    together, i dont know about you...'
    I sighed and placed my hand on my
    forehead. Deep down i understood
    Jolade's plight. No woman would have
    been able to tolerate Nathan for this long. I
    personally, had i been in Jolade's shoes, i
    would have ended this a very long time
    ago. Jolade was a very understanding
    woman and that was i why i wanted her
    for Nathan. I believed in my hearts of
    hearts that marriage to her would calm
    him down.
    'oh God Tonia, i honestly dont know what
    to say. This kids could be a handful
    sometimes, God help us' i sighed.
    'i want this union, i dont know about you'
    'i want it too, infact, i want it more'
    'and thats why i've mapped out a plan. All
    you have to do is play your part and
    everything would work out just fine...' she
    said with a devilish smile.
    ***
    KAINENE.
    I packed my dreadlocks in a bun. I looked
    at the mirror once again, satisfied with my
    appearance, then i turned to Kaka.
    'how do i look babe?' i said twirling
    around.
    'you look geogous babe! You look
    breathtaking like seriously! That guy's
    dic.k is surely going to fall off at the sight
    of you...' she winked.
    I smiled devilishly 'that guy doesnt know
    what he's in for. I'm sure the dickhead is
    already celebrating his success. Kainene
    Igho is going to grace his bed tonight but
    he's greatly mistaken. By the time i'm true
    with him today, he wont be able to stick
    his godforsaken di.ck into any woman's.....'
    'e don do na! Shuoo, you want spoil me?
    Abeg come dey go, sha no sleep for there
    ooo. I dey here dey wait for you, no lele, i
    siddon gidigba. Your mumsi go soon
    show ba?'
    'i no sure oo. She fit no show early. That
    hotel get im own quata, and today na
    Friday, thank God say i no reach day, i for
    don bend'
    'no lele. Make i crash small...' she said lying
    on my bed. I smiled and pecked her both
    cheeks 'abeg dey do, you download me
    the details wella oo'
    'no quata' i said leaving the room.
    ****
    My heart throbbed as i reached for the
    doorknob and opened the door. The smell
    of marijuana filled the air and i was
    like...what da hell!
    Marijuana! In this room?
    He was sitting on the bed, with a
    victorious smile on his lips, i saw several
    wraps of...no need to speak too much
    english, i saw so many wraps of Igbo by
    his side, i saw plenty stumps on the
    ground, both from cigarettes and the likes.
    'welcome...' he said.
    'throw that thing away!' i said in an
    authoritative manner.
    'throw what away?'
    'throw away your di.ck! You dumbass, i
    meant throw that stuff you have in your
    hand, fishbrain!'
    He looked confused 'if you were keen on
    insulting me, why then did you come
    here?'
    'to give you a piece of mind!' i threw my
    purse on the ground and walked towards
    him 'do you think i came here to have sex
    with you? Do i look like a cheap slut, a call
    girl who will have her backdown with just
    a simple phonecall? You're highly mistaken
    mr handsome, you're the craziest guy i've
    ever met in the entire universe, where you
    come from sef? Do you reason at all?'
    The smile was off his face. He looked
    serious. Then he threw the stump away 'all
    this because of marijuana? Then i'm sorry!
    You wont see it with me again, there's no
    use getting angry'
    'thats if i get to see your dirty and
    disgusting face again! Do you know what i
    feel like doing right now? I feel like cutting
    off your manhood!'
    'i'm sorry'
    'for?'
    'for making you angry. Look, i never
    apologise to anyone. I cant even
    remember the last time i apologised to
    anyone but i'm doing it now, if smoking
    makes you angry, i swear i would never do
    it in your presence again'
    'sharrap!'
    'Kainene....'
    'if you call my name, if you try it, i swear to
    heaven's name, you wont like what i'd do!'
    i said flinging my head and my dreads
    loosed.
    He looked shocked and dumbfounded
    'what have i done now? I just called your
    name'
    'and i said you shouldnt!'
    'okay then i'm sorry. I'm sorry it would
    never happen again, God! What have i
    gotten myself into?'
    'trouble, big trouble!'
    Then he reached forward and kissed me.KAINENE.
    I tried pulling away but he didnt let me go.
    This was my first kiss. It was slow and
    sensual and i didnt even know when i
    stopped fighting him. His hands circled my
    waist pulling me closer. And my hands,
    with minds of their own went round his
    neck.
    He slowly lowered me to the bed. I knew
    what was happening but i couldnt control
    it, it was like i was being remoted.
    The slow kiss suddenly turned rough. I'd
    never kissed before but it was very easy
    for me to move my mouth in rhythm with
    his. Nothing came to my mind that
    moment, my mind was blank.
    Then he stopped. I reached for his head
    and pulled it closer but he sat up. He
    wiped his face with his palms 'i'm sorry.
    But you have to go home' he said looking
    at my lips.
    I remained on the bed. I was so ashamed
    of myself. Words couldnt explain how i felt
    that moment. It was as if i was going
    crazy.
    I slowly sat up, reached for my purse and
    walked towards the door with my head
    bowed low.
    'Kainene,' he called. I stopped but i didnt
    turn back. I felt him coming towards me,
    then he stopped 'this is the first time i let a
    woman go without sleeping with her. And
    this is my first kiss'
    I turned around quickly as if i had been
    slapped hard from behind 'you said?'
    'you heard me'
    Then i walked towards him 'do you think
    you can fool me with your lies? Do you
    even hear yourself at all? This is the first
    time you're letting a woman go without
    sleeping with her and you're telling me
    this is your first kiss? So for your mind,
    dem write capital letter MUMU for my
    forehead abi? See this mugu oo'
    He took a step backwards with a
    frightened look on his face 'i'm sorry, but
    it wasnt a lie, i....'
    'shut up before i cover your face with my
    left hand!' i barked 'now listen here, i dont
    want to ever see you anywhere close to
    me again. I swear down, the next time i
    see you or you call my cellphone, i would
    show you how crazy i can be. You just
    dont know what Kainene is capable of!' i
    turned around and walked to the door.
    'can we be friends?'
    'not a chance!' i placed my hand on the
    doorknob.
    'you had my first kiss'
    I turned around and eyed him 'well, you
    had mine too!!!'
    I left the room.
    ***
    'nawa oo, you tey for der oo...' Kaka said
    rubbing her eyes sleepily 'i dey sleep
    sotey...anyway, leave matter for the
    jungles, tell me yawa, give me the latest!'
    she sounded excited.
    I sighed. How do i tell her that i went there
    and got kissed by the guy? How do i tell
    her that if he hadnt broken the kiss in the
    first place, i would have fallen into his
    trap? How do i tell her about the skipping
    of my heart at the mere thought of him? I
    didnt know what was wrong with me but
    i knew something, there was something
    about this guy.
    'babe, i tire abeg...' i said in a voice i could
    barely recognise was mine 'i go download
    you yawa tomorrow'
    'you say?' the look on her face was
    alarming. And i knew what she was
    thinking. Yes, she was right to a point.
    Kaka was my best friend and she knew
    just when something had gone down. I
    had to tell her.
    'he kissed me Kaka. We kissed' i threw my
    purse on the floor and covered my face
    with my palms 'oh God, i'm so ashamed of
    myself!'
    'you say wetin? E just be lyk say pesin tear
    me slap now now as i dey talk to you...'
    she dipped a finger into her ear and
    shook it 'eh hen, e don clear now, you say
    una do wetin?'
    'i said we kissed, Goddamit!'
    'eh na, cus dem write mumude for my
    face, abi pesin use fool take decorate my
    armpit na. See beta download me ifeneme,
    give me gist. I don siddon hear wait for
    you make you come dey tell me say Tom
    and Jerry go Aso rock go dey fight Buhari
    or say Obasanjo go shoprite dey buy ice-
    cream for Patience Ozokwor, no use me
    take play oo'
    I rolled my eyes. One thing about Kaka she
    never took things seriously. So i told her
    everything. When i was done, she was like,
    Ibu just became the president of Nigeria.
    She laughed those gossip laughters while
    clapping her hands 'Mary don disvirgin oo!
    I talk am! You cant believe that i actually
    sensed something was going to happen
    the moment you agreed to go see the guy
    at the hotel he booked....' that was her first
    correct english for the day 'i knew in my
    hearts of hearts that you felt something
    for this guy. You just dey here dey puff,
    dey spread, dey bend nyash, i just dey
    peep you from side mirrow, you no know.
    Baby K, you like that guy oo. That was why
    you went to see him, so you could, i dont
    know your motives but search your mind
    well, use Hype take clean your mind, you
    get my story. The guy kiss you, you no fit
    tear am slap....'
    'its not like that Kaka, you're making me
    feel worse. I actually struggled with the
    guy, he took advantage of me....'
    'this one na too much Wole Soyinka
    english. I no go school oo, Kainenechukwu
    Igho, take it or leave it, you cant get rid of
    this guy, mark my words....'
    I stared at her.
     
  23. Alashelee

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    Red Ashes.

    Chapter 5.
    MABEL.
    I've always known Tonia to be a very
    greedy woman. I knew she wanted
    Nathan for Jolade because of my wealth.
    For her mind, Jolade's marriage to Nathan
    could place her family high above others. I
    just dey laff for my belle.
    Her plan just showed her desperate she
    was. She had three children, three
    daughters, Jolade being the youngest. Her
    first daughter, Bidemi was married to a
    white man and based abroad and i heard
    she also arranged the marriage.
    Then her second child, Folake was a
    successful barrister married to one of the
    wealthiest men in the country. But she still
    wasnt satisfied. She wanted more money.
    Not that i wasnt going to act according to
    her plans because they could equally end
    up for my own favour, but i just knew
    how greedy she was.
    'i know Nathan would readily fall for the
    trap, is it not sex, that one is not yawa.
    But...'
    'Jolade is my daughter and i know how to
    deal with her. She'll bend. You cannot tell
    me she and Nathan has never had sex.
    Youths of nowadays...' then she laughed. I
    nearly eyed her in disgust. Such a
    shameless and pretentious woman!
    She stood up and i stood up as well, then
    we shook hands 'my regards to Nathan,
    tell him to come see some time'
    No be only... 'okay, no problem. He'll come'
    She smiled and left. I fell on my chair, my
    hand on my forehead. My health was
    beginning to deterioate. Nathan didnt
    know but i had a health issue. How would
    he know when he doesnt even ask about
    my health after my checkups, he doesnt
    care at all!
    ****
    I dragged myself into the house tiredly. I
    was so tired! I heard TV noises as i
    approached the sitting room. And when i
    opened the door, Nathan was sitting on
    one of the sofas, a cigarette on his lips.
    He didnt even acknowledge my presence
    or even removed his gaze from the TV.
    'Nath...' i called slumping on a sofa. He
    nodded his head but didnt look at me
    'how was your day?'
    He took a long drag from his cigarette and
    puffed thich smoke into the air. I coughed
    'Nathan please, can you throw the
    cigarette away? Its disturbing..'
    I felt him stiffen and i wondered why. His
    facial expression looked like he just
    recalled something...something probably
    related to what i said.
    Then he did something that surprised me.
    He dropped the cigarette on the floor and
    matched it. I opened my mouth in shock. I
    couldnt say anything. And i wondered
    what got into my son.
    'Nathan? Did you...did you just throw the
    cigarette away?'
    He stood up 'goodnight' he said and
    walked to his room. There was something
    about his countenance. He was greatly
    disturbed. And this was the first time in a
    long time my son was respecting me!!!!
    I decided to have a long talk with him
    tomorrow. But for now, i was tired and
    hungry.
    ***

    CHIOMA.
    'Shalewa, get the door...' i said to the maid
    standing beside me. She bowed a little and
    went to the door. I buried my head back in
    the newspaper. I didnt have to go to the
    hotel today, Kainene and Kaka were
    already there.
    'Chichi...' a baritone voice called. I froze. My
    heart skipped a bit. I raised my head.
    'Shalewa, leave us' i said, she nodded and
    left.
    'Chichi...' he said again. I stood up
    immediately, went to the door and opened
    it 'get outtttt!' i barked.
    'Chichi please, i'm here to....'
    'i dont bloody care your reason for being
    here! All i want is for you to get out of my
    house and my life! Leave Chuks, leave!!!!' i
    screamed.
    He was silent for sometime and all we did
    was stare at each other. I felt my eyes
    water and my heart melted at the sorry
    sight of him. He looked so lean and sick
    and the designer clothes he had on looked
    like some cheap bend-down select clothes
    because he looked like a skeleton in it. My
    heart bled.
    I sat on a nearby sofa and broke down in
    tears. I cried for sometime before he sat
    beside me. His shaky hands landed on my
    shoulder as i cried.
    'Chichi, i'm sorry, please hear me out. I can
    explain everything that has happened
    back then'
    'i dont want to listen to your
    explanations...' i said in tears. He raised me
    up staring deeply into my eyes.
    'you want to Chioma, your eyes are already
    showing you're dying to listen to all i have
    to say...'
    'where did you go to after our divorce? I
    searched everywhere for you...' i said
    looking into his eyes.
    'i was in Togo...'
    'you didnt even deem it fit to check on
    your daughter even once..you didnt give
    her the opportunity to get to know
    you..now she hates you'
    He closed his eyes and nodded 'true. She
    hates me. I was here sometime ago and
    she banged the door on my face. She still
    recognises me. Kainene still recognises
    me'
    'i showed her your pictures...'
    'can you please speak to her on my behalf?
    Tell her i still love her please, she's my one
    and only child...'
    'i cant help you with that Chuks. You
    deserve everything she's doing to you...' i
    said hitting his chest hard.
    'i went to Togo because of you. I left
    because i knew my presence was hurting
    you. I knew...Chichi, please forgive me.
    You're the one i truly love. You dont know
    how this past few years has been without
    you. Its been hell...'
    'what were you doing in Togo?'
    Then he looked away and sighed 'i was in
    prison'
    'pri what?' my eyes bulged 'what
    prison?...why...why were you in prison'
    He released my shoulder 'rape...child
    abuse'
    'what?!!!'
    'i slept with a fifteen year old girl. But it
    wasnt my fault Chichi, the girl came upon
    me, she seduced me, she....'
    'shut up! Shut up you stupid and
    shameless man! They are always seducing
    you! Everytime, they seduce you. Every
    single time! Whats in this your trouser that
    attracts girls like poo attracting flies. Whats
    there? Is it not this thing i've seeen how
    many times?' i asked hitting the place
    between his legs. Then i started crying
    again. He started crying as well. And
    together we wept like kids.
    'what the hell is going on here?'
    We turned to see Kainene standing with
    Kaka. I wondered why they came home
    early. I quickly wiped my tears. Chuks
    stand up as well 'Kaine....'
    'mum, have you been crying?' then she
    glared furiously at her father 'you devil!'
    she advanced towards him and pushed
    him backwards till he fell on the sofa
    behind him.
    'Nene!' i screamed and held her.
    'mum, just how could you allow this man
    into this house? And why were you both
    sitting so close to each other?!' she
    barked.
    'i've forgiven him Kainene...' i said calmly
    shocking myself, Kainene and Chuks who
    gasped loudly.
    'mum?'
    'yes...' a tear ran down my cheeks 'he
    made some mistakes in the past but thats
    where it is. In the past. We are all humans
    and we are liable to make mistakes.
    Kainene, you have to forgive him too....' i
    placed my hand on her cheek.
    She slapped it away 'dont touch me!' Then
    she matched away to her room.
    Kaka greeted me and went after her. I fell
    on the sofa.
    'thank you...thank you Chichi..'
    'shut up and leave my house, leave this
    instant!!!!'
     
  24. Alashelee

    Alashelee Forum Poet

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    Red Ashes.

    Chapter 6.
    KAINENE.
    'babe, calm down na shuoooo...' Kaka
    drawled 'na forgive your mumsi forgive,
    she no slaughter person oo, which one
    you carry nyash put for air? Abi you be
    Caro the shoe maker?'
    'look babe, i'm so not in the mood for this.
    You said you're sleeping over but i'm
    sorry, you have to look for an empty room.
    The room before mine is empty, carry your
    luggages and siddon tight for there
    abeg...' i said covering my dreads with my
    hairnet.
    'you dey joke! Baby Oku in London! See, all
    this your gra gra will not help you. It will
    not help you one bit! For crying out loud,
    this is your family Kainenechukwu.... Yes, i
    had sworn never to involve myself in your
    matters again but you na my paliest pally
    na. If i no siddon ontop your matter, who
    else? Babe, chilax jareh...park well. That
    film wey you act for parlour just na, you
    get luck so no be my mumsi. She go use
    slap eh, decorate your face....'
    'Kaka, please...! Why cant you just mind....'
    'mind my business? Hell no, i wouldnt!
    You're my friend K. I care about you. I take
    you as my own sister and your mother like
    my own mum. If i see you doing the
    wrong thing or following the wrong path,
    i'll tell you. Forget my gra gra, na according
    to Waffi wey i grow, you get? But, back to
    the matter, you really need to forgive your
    dad. Yes, he left you and your mum when
    you both needed him the most but
    remember, there are two sides to a coin,
    the head and the tail, and so, there are
    always two sides of a story. Have you ever
    cared to listen to his own part of his
    story?' i opened my mouth to speak but
    she beat me to it 'now hold on, i know the
    next thing thats going to fall out from is
    your mouth is...no matter what his own
    side of the story was, leaving us wasnt
    justifiable...we know, na the same matter
    we still dey on top. Kainene, you have to
    agree with me that your father's absence
    has done you more good than harm...'
    'wrong!'
    'let me finish. You know, i've said this so
    many times and i'm going to continue
    saying this as far as i remain your friend.
    Kainene, you. Dont. Live. Your. Life. In.
    Other. People's. Shadows. You. Dont. Judge.
    Your. Life. By. Other. People's. Mistakes. I
    will say this over and over again as far as i
    remain your friend Kainene...You just have
    to forgive your father. A complete family is
    what you did for your stable mind. I'm not
    trying to say you're unstable. But you'll do
    better with a complete family, a father
    especially. Not all marriages are strong
    enough to survive the test of time. Despite
    your parents failed marriage, all other
    people's marriages are still waxing
    stronger and stronger everyday. Have you
    not seen people from broken homes
    having successful marriages? What is your
    problem Kainene?!! Na only you your papa
    run leave? I tire for you sef!!!' she said.
    I stared at her like she had gone bananas.
    Then i picked up my blanket, my pillow
    and left the room. On my way to the next
    room, i bumped into mum.
    I stared at her 'mum?'
    'she's right Kainene. Kaka is right...'
    ***

    CHIOMA.
    'just let me be mum...' Kainene said
    clutching her pillow tighter, then she
    walked past me, i followed her. She
    opened the door to the next room and
    entered, i followed her.
    'my dear, i understand what you're going
    through right now...but i just need your
    attention please....' i begged.
    'i'm forced to use strong language now
    mum, dont force me. Just leave me alone,
    go back to your room. Or better still, go
    back to your husband!!'
    'i need to tell you the whole truth Kainene,
    you need to stop hating your father....' i
    swallowed hard 'your father never left
    me...'
    'what?'
    'i mean...he didnt just go on his own
    accord...'
    'is that what he sent you to tell me?'
    I shook my head 'no. I just felt i should tell
    you. I was the one who wanted a
    divorce....'
    Her face expression showed confusion. So
    i continued...
    'your father wasnt faithful. He slept with
    almost all my friends. He did the first time
    and i forgave him. The second and the
    third, then i couldnt take it anymore. When
    he did it with my best friend, i couldnt take
    it anymore...he did ask me for forgiveness
    but i thought it was just like the other
    times when he promises to change but he
    goes back to his lifestyle. Your father
    practically called everyone we knew, they
    all begged me, but i refused. Dont take me
    wrong, i loved him but i got tired. I just
    gave up. I didnt even think of changing
    him. I just wanted to be free. I equally
    knew he loved me too. But his libido was
    something else, i couldnt match it. I was a
    rape victim....'
    She gasped.
    'i was raped by my stepfather. Nene, have
    you ever wondered why i refused to
    remarry after your dad? Because of what
    your stepfather did to me at a tender age.
    I didnt want you to go through all the
    things i went through. Sex was always
    difficult for me, whenever your father
    climbed me, all i could see was the brutal
    face of my wicked stepfather. I didnt enjoy
    it and your father understood. He never
    pestered me too much for sex. Whenever i
    didnt want to do it, he didnt disturb me or
    get angry with me, he simply told me
    everything was going to be okay. I
    thought he was a perfect man, he could be
    without sex, but i was wrong....' i
    swallowed hard as tears burnt at the back
    of my eyes.
    'Kainene...' i reached for her but she
    recoiled 'your father isnt entirely at fault
    here. I'm partially responsible for all his
    actions. I starved him of sex. I was selfish.
    All i thought about was myself..i didnt even
    think about his libido. I unknowingly led
    him into the waiting arms of my unloyal
    friends. I pushed him to do it....'
    'no mum! You didnt push him to do it! Dad
    doesnt love you, he doesnt love you!!' she
    screamed angrily 'because if he really loves
    you, he will understand. He just didnt love
    you, he was selfish and all he cared about
    was sex!'
    'wrong! He loves me. I can still feel it...'
    'you are just too old for Mills and Boons
    mum. You're too old for Harlequin
    romance stories!'
    I smiled 'what happens when your heart
    flutters at the sight or thought of that
    special person Nene? What happens when
    their touch are like magic and the sight of
    them causes chill down your spine...'
    'is that what he told you? Well, if thats the
    case, he's only decieving you....'
    'thats what i feel for him Nene...'
    'mum, you are so....!' she ceased her
    breath 'i refuse to say you're shameless!'
    'you can say whatever you want to
    Kainene...i love your father..i love him and
    his arms is where i want to stay for the
    rest of my life'
    'you obviously do not know what you
    want mum.....'
    'stop living your life in my shadows
    Kainenechukwu...' i said closing my eyes
    'you're different from me, i might be your
    mum but our destinies are not the same.
    Why dont you just understand that?'
    'failed attempt...' she said nonchalantly
    'you cant convince me, i'm sorry'
    'Kainenechukwu...please...' i placed my
    hands together 'listen to me, please i beg
    you. I can go on my knees if i have to, live
    your life my dear. Explore life, you just have
    to. Get a good man who will love, respect
    and understand you no matter what. You
    will be successful. You will enjoy your
    marriage. You will have your own family.
    Not all men are the same my dear, how
    many times will i tell you that!! How or
    when will i talk sense into you? Who will
    talk sense into you?'
    'no one. Because i already have the sense, i
    dont need anyone to tell me anything
    different from what i know. Yes, maybe
    marriage is fun and nice, but MARRIAGE.
    ISNT. CUT. OUT. FOR. ME. When will you
    understand that?'
    'Nenechukwu....'
    'good night mum...' she drew the covers to
    herself.
    I sighed and left the room.
     
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    Chapter 7.


    JOLADE.

    'Nathan...' i sighed touching his laps. He
    looked at me, anger in his eyes and
    beneath that anger, i saw hatred. My heart
    bled. Why did Nathan hate me? What have
    i done? Wasnt i the best girlfriend that
    could be? Why did he hate me?
    'what?' he asked coldly.
    I recoiled 'i just wanted to see...to see how
    you...you were doing...'
    'get out of my room'
    It was so unusual for Nathan not to be
    smoking. I had come into his room and
    even though i had percieved the smell of
    cigarettes and seen the stumps of smoked
    cigarettes littered everywhere, i hadnt
    seen him smoking.
    'Nathan, i'm sorry...' i begged as tears
    gathered in my eyes 'i dont know what i
    might have done to you but i'm really
    sorry. Anything that i've done that didnt sit
    well with you, i am begging you this
    instant. I'm begging you...'
    He looked at me in disgust 'do you have
    any pride at all?'
    'sorry?'
    'do you know why i hate you and the likes
    of you?' he looked at me 'because you all
    lack something called dignity and self
    respect...'
    My heart sunk.
    'you dont throw yourself on a man that
    doesnt value you Jolade. I dont love you.
    I've never hidden that fact from you. Even
    after knowing fully well that i do not love
    you, you still continue clinging to me. What
    do you think? That by constantly giving me
    your body, i'll fall head over heels in love
    with you? Is that what you are thinking?'
    'Nathan...' i gasped.
    'i've waited for you to call off this rubbish
    we call relationship but you've not. Should
    i tell you something Jolade? I am sick and
    tired of you, yes, i'm done with you. I
    never had plans of marrying you and i
    never will. Tell your mother i said so. I
    already told my mum. And you of all people
    should know very well that no one can
    force me into doing things i do not want
    to do. You're just wasting your time, i'm
    sorry to say. I'll never tell you its over
    because i expect you to use your brain.
    Well, i'm not forcing you to leave...because
    as it is now, i'm so Hot and all i want to do
    is fuvck you. I really do not have to ask or
    beg do i?' Then he smiled 'Lie down!' he
    commanded.
    I stared at him. And soon i was crying like
    a baby. I told mum. I told her. But then she
    begged me to come back to him. Mummy
    Mabel too. She told me i was the best
    woman for her son and she wasnt going
    to allow someone else get married to her
    son except me, that i was the only one
    who could change him. But she was
    wrong. I wasnt the one for Nathan.
    I loved him. Tears poured from my eyes. I
    loved him so much it hurts. I needed him
    in my life. I couldnt do without him. I didnt
    just come back to him because of my mum
    and Mummy Mabel's please, but because i
    needed him myself.
    'Nathan, i love you. I really do. I love you so
    much it hurts, why are you doing this to
    me? Why cant you love me back? What
    have i done to you?' i cried.
    He stared at me like i was an interesting
    piece of art. Then he shook his head 'you'll
    never get wise...' then he forced me unto
    his bed and mounted me.
    I couldnt stop him. I just closed my eyes,
    hoping and praying...that just maybe....just
    maybe, a baby will enter.
    ****
    'you mean Nathan said all that to you?' my
    mum asked.
    I nodded my head.
    'Lade, tell me the truth, does he beat you?'
    she asked.
    I shook my head 'no, he doesnt...' i lied.
    'does he hurt you?'
    I shook my head again 'no, he doesnt'
    'do you disrespect him?'
    'no!'
    'then why doesnt he love you? You dont
    satisfy him or what?'
    'i try my best....'
    'its obvious you are not trying your best!'
    she said 'how will you make a guy love
    you when you dont show him how much
    you love him?'
    'mum, i love him so much, and i show it to
    him'
    'is there another lady?'
    Tears stung my eyes 'i dont know'
    'how will you not know about whats
    going on in your boyfriend's life? What is
    wrong with you? Do you want to lose
    Nathan? Do you know how rich his
    mother is? Do you know what he's going
    to inherit at the demise of his mother? Do
    you know how much they are worth?
    Dont you want to get married to a rich
    man just like your two sisters? Eh Jolade?'
    Tears fell from my eyes.
    She continued 'you should never let your
    man slip off your fingers. No woman
    should snatch what belongs to you! Never
    let any woman take what is rightly yours.
    Do anything....everything humanly possible
    to keep Nathan to yourself Jolade. I will
    help you, anyways i can. But make sure
    you dont lose Nathan, have i made myself
    clear?'
    I nodded 'yes ma'

    ***

    KAINENE.
    I just couldnt concentrate. I had so many
    things going through my head at the same
    time. Thoughts of mum and dad. There
    was a glass of scotch on top of my desk, in
    front of me.
    It was so unlike me to sit in my office all
    day and not do a thing. Going round the
    hotel supervising everything happening
    around was something that i loved doing.
    But today, i just wanted to be alone.
    The door opened and Kaka peeped in 'hi
    sulking baby...' she closed the door behind
    her and winked at me.
    'what are you doing here?' i asked and
    she frowned. It actually didnt come out the
    way i meant it. She was supposed to be
    with Xaviercasmir, her fiance today and i
    wondered why she was here. I mean,
    Xaviercasmir, who bears a name that
    starts with a X....
    'sorry, i meant...you said you wanted to be
    with Xaviercasmir...right? You said you
    wanted to <strong>cook</strong> for
    him' I laid emphasis on the cook. I really
    didnt understand what the hell was going
    on with Kaka. They werent married yet but
    she already warms his bed, cooks his
    meals, cleans his house, sometimes drop
    by his parents' house and try to behave
    like a good daughter inlaw by cooking,
    cleaning, running errands and what not.
    So disgusting!
    'Xavier wanted to do something in his
    office so we couldnt spend so much time
    together...' she swung her braids
    backwards and sat on the chair opposite
    me 'hey, whats sup with you? I expected
    to see you doing girl girl job as usual but i
    see you for here, how your matter?'
    'i was just tired and i felt i should relax my
    legs a bit...'
    She picked up the glass of scotch and
    drowned it all 'so how's your mumsi and
    popsi?'
    I frowned 'sorry, i dont have a father. So
    which father are we talking about here?'
    She scoffed 'the earlier you start thinking
    and behaving matured Kainene, the better
    for you and your family...'
    'so whats your definition of thinking and
    behaving matured, as you said?'
    'start by stop being selfish...' she rolled her
    eyes and touched her long fake lashes
    'your mother needs happiness, cant you
    see?'
    'and so who's going to give her that
    happiness? That selfish man?'
    'everyone makes mistakes Nene...how
    many times i go use this talk take knock
    for your head? Infact, i no talk again, i no
    know why i wan kill myself for your
    matter. You go hopeless, yet you come
    hopeless....'
    'you're a stupid girl!'
    'i accept. Na me stupid pass...' there was a
    knock on the door.
    'come in....'
    One of the cleaners peeped in, dressed in
    pink and white chiffon with black skirt, the
    uniform for the cleaners.
    'sorry to disturb ma'am, but there's
    someone outside wanting to see you'
    I frowned 'who is that?'
    'i really cant tell ma'am, but its a fair
    skinned man....'
    'okay, go and tell the person i'm coming...'
    i said.
    She nodded and left.
    I picked up my phone 'you go wait for me
    here abi?'
    'for where? Make we go jareh!'
    ***
    I froze when i actually saw who the
    person was. It was...it was...what was his
    name again? Yes, Nathaniel Imore,
    something like that. That name Imore
    struck a bell. Was he the son to the famous
    Mabel Imore? Didnt he say his mum was a
    very rich woman? I was very angry. Didnt i
    tell this guy not to leave me alone?
    He smiled at seeing me. A real smile. That
    smile took my breathe away. This guy was
    so cute. There was something about his
    eyes that looked somewhat familiar. But
    then, i loved the colour of his eyes.
    'hi Nene' he greeted.
    I heard Kaka gasp 'oh my God! Is this a
    god?' she whispered, then tugged at my
    arm 'introduce us'
    I shook free from my grasp 'what the hell
    are you doing here Mr Nathaniel Imore?
    What is wrong with you? Is it that you're
    just a hopeless and a jobless man or
    stalking human beings is best described
    as your hobby?'
    He just smiled, looked at Kaka, then looked
    back at me.
    'its obvious you dont know how to say a
    harmless "hi". You cant even greet my
    friend...' i eyed him in disgust. I didnt
    know what was happening to me. Why
    was my heart beating in an unfamiliar
    manner? Why did i have the sudden urge
    to run my tongue all over that sexy pink
    lips again?
    'i'm sorry...' he turned to Kaka and
    stretched his hand 'sorry, hi, i'm Nathan...'
    Kaka had a dreamy look in her eyes, almost
    like she was going to face. Then she took
    his hand and flashed a smile 'wow! I'm...i
    am Kamsi, but you can call me Kaka...' she
    was holding his hand tightly and not
    letting go.
    I didnt know what came over me or how i
    did it, but i quickly pulled her away and the
    look Nathan gave me made me so
    ashamed of myself.
    What was wrong with me? Was i jealous
    or what
     
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    Chapter 8.


    MABEL.

    Jude and i had been an item for six years.
    We had loved each other and we also
    made plans to get married after i aborted
    the third pregnancy for him. I loved him,
    he was my life and when he left me, it was
    like my whole life was crumbling,
    especially when i found out i was
    pregnant again.
    It wasnt really his fault per se...but he
    could have stood by me. I expected him to
    remain by my side. But simply because of a
    simple mistake, just a mistake, all we
    shared for the past six years came
    crumbling.
    I am human, liable to mistakes...no matter
    how much i cried begging him, he never
    came back to me. My life was miserable
    without him. I nearly lost my pregnancy
    due to the emotional trauma i was facing.
    I was left all alone, no parents, no friends,
    no husband, nothing.
    I wondered how my child was going to
    fare without a father in his life.
    But about six or five years later, he sent a
    later from Ghana. I'd been excited to read
    the letter, but when i saw the contents of
    the letter, i was so angry, shocked and mad.
    I was shocked, angry and mad. The letter
    read.
    Mab,
    How is my son doing? I hope you're taking
    good care of him. I heard you've turned
    yourself into a commercial sex worker. Its
    all good, i've always seen it in you. If you
    could sleep with your best friends's
    husband, then what cant you do?
    I want you to know that i'm coming back
    or my child very soon. A child cannot grow
    with a mother who lacks morals, a cheap
    prostitute. I'm ready to use force on you if
    i have to, i'm coming for my child with full
    force.
    Take care of yourself, and my child.
    Your son's father,
    Jude.
    I kept that letter and whenever i read it, i
    laughed. He was such a fool! Who could
    take my son away from me?
    The letter was in my hands today, and i
    remembered those days. Those days filled
    with love and happiness for me. But i lost
    all that because of one man.
    I folded the letter angrily.
    ***

    KAINENE.
    I saw the way Kaka and Nathaniel chatted
    like they had known each other for a very
    long time. I didnt contribute to any of their
    discussions but it was fun listening to
    them, especially Nathan. The guy was
    funny and he spoke wisely.
    I also noticed that he had a packet of a
    cigarette and a lighter on his table but he
    hadnt smoked it since we sat with him. It
    was almost like he was trying to be a
    gentleman. I rolled my eyes. I couldnt stop
    thinking about our kiss. My first kiss.
    He also stated it was his first kiss. I
    scoffed, who was he fooling.
    'you've been doing a lot of scoffing
    babyK...' i heard Kaka say. I jerked, then i
    smiled.
    'what are you thinking about?' she asked.
    'you...' i said.
    'i pray oo...' she picked up her purse
    'anyway, Xavier just called me, said we
    need to meet now. I'll stop by his
    apartment before heading home...'
    I suddenly felt bad that she was about
    leaving. How do i sit with this guy? It was
    going to be awkward...and crazy. Plus, i
    was going to be lonely.
    I only forced a smile 'my regards to
    Xaviercasmir'
    'Xaviercasmir?' Nathan smirked 'what
    does it mean?' he was looking at me.
    'why are you looking at me?' i asked
    rudely 'do i look like the bearer of the
    name?'
    He looked at Kaka, then back at me 'i'm
    sorry'
    'sorry for your stupid self!'
    'babyK, i need to speak to you for a while,
    uhmm, Nath? I'll just borrow her for a sec'
    Kaka said.
    'i'm sorry but i wont be coming back. Take
    care' i said standing up. I saw his
    disappointed gaze, but i didnt care.
    Kaka took me to a corner 'Kainene, what
    was the meaning of that?'
    'meaning of what?'
    'why were you acting rude to that guy?'
    'is that really a question? Cant you see that
    guy is arrogant on his own?'
    'babyK...you're not behaving matured at all.
    That guy likes you. You werent listening to
    our conversation, else you would have
    known that almost all the things we talked
    about was you. He kept asking things like
    what you liked and what you disliked. He
    just wanted to know everything about
    you'
    I shrugged nonchalantly 'so?'
    'he likes you. He's a cute, intelligent, rich.
    He's even a gentleman. How many guys
    would have a cigarette in front of them
    and not smoke simply because a lady is
    with them. Kainenechukwu, you'll like this
    man, he's going to respect you. I'm sure
    its only a matter of time before he asks
    you out'
    I looked at her 'you really dont know what
    you're blabbing about Kaka, you dont even
    know the guy who was chatting with you
    just now...' i shook my head 'too bad'
    'babyK...'
    'go to Xaviercasmir abeg, or whats that his
    funny name again?'
    She shook her head and walked away
    angrily. I also shook her head and headed
    straight to my office.
    An hour later, she called me. She was
    crying.
    'Kaka, why are you crying?' i asked
    alarmed.
    Then she sobbed 'babyK, its Xavier.
    Xavier....'
    'what did Xavier do?'
    'i caught him screwing another woman K,
    he was fuvcking another woman!'
     
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    Chapter 9.


    MABEL.
    I had always knew a time was going to
    come when Nathan was going to ask
    about his father. And so as he grew up
    each day, my heart skipped. What do i tell
    him? How do i tell him about his father?
    How do i tell him his father abandoned us?
    How do i tell him?
    But as each day came and went, Nathan
    never asked. At a time, i became skeptic.
    Wasnt he like every other male child? Why
    didnt he care about the whereabouts of
    his father?
    'you have to tell Nathan about me Mab, tell
    him about me, his father' Jude stated.
    I sighed and rolled my eyes 'thing is
    Nathan doesnt give a damn about you. He
    has never asked about you, not even once'
    He smirked 'thats because you never told
    him anything about me'
    'i cant lie to my son Jude. And most
    especially, i cant lie to you. Jude, you're
    wasting your time. You're greatly
    mistaken. I've told you this before and i'm
    saying it again. I dont know how long it'll
    take you to decipher what i mean'
    He frowned 'what do you mean by i'm
    wasting my time?'
    'i expected you to be smarter than this
    Jude, but obviously, you just proved to be
    nothing but a dullard. You know what?
    Everyday, i cant just help but thank my
    maker that i never ended up with you,
    how would i have coped with a dull man
    like you? You aint even smart enough to
    read the bold handwriting written on the
    wall, clear for you to see'
    'you're confusing me Mabel, what are you
    insinuating?'
    'i'll tell you some other time. Thats if you
    still cant decipher what i mean. But the
    buttom line is, my son and i do not need
    you. We dont need you one bit. We've
    been living our lives for 26yrs without you
    and we will do even better without you!
    Stay away from us Jude, i noticed you've
    had some people follow my son around.
    But i'm going to warn you now, stay away
    from me! Stay away from Nathan, leave us
    the hell alone!'
    'what is wrong with you Mab? For how
    long will you continue hiding my son from
    me?'
    I shook my head 'you're even more
    dumber than i thought, i swear'
    'Mabel. Mabel. Mabel. How many times did i
    call you? I'm warning you...' he raised his
    finger 'you dont know how dangerous i
    can be. Do you know how affluent i am? I
    can easily crumble you. With just a snap of
    my finger...' he snapped his finger 'i want
    custody of my son!'
    Then i laughed. I laughed so hard we
    started drawing attention from those
    sitting nearby. I had wanted to come out
    clean but then seeing how foolish my dear
    ex boyfriend was, i just wanted to play
    along.
    'you wont have custody of your son
    Nathan. Because your son doesnt even
    know you exist' i winked, then laughed
    again.
    He looked irritated and angry 'stop this
    madness Mab! Its so irritating!'
    'why dont you impregnate some other
    woman? Why cant you leave my son and i
    alone?'
    'he's my son, my blood!'
    'and he's mine too!'
    'you've had him for 26yrs'
    'no difference...' i picked up my bag, put
    on my black glasses, then i blew him a kiss
    'see you around Honourable Jude Honson'
    then i walked away.
    ****
    KAINENE.
    I pulled the wailing Kaka into my arms. She
    was wailing too loud and i was scared her
    mother would deduce something was
    wrong.
    'Kaka, calm down, calm down. Stop crying,
    he isnt worth your tears. Look at me, look
    at me...' i placed my hand under her chin
    and stared into her eyes 'Xavier or Barrier,
    whatever doesnt deserve you. Its good
    you found out the kind of bastard you're
    dating now than finding out when you're
    already married. Xaviercasmir doesnt
    deserve you Kamsi'
    'you dont understand...' she cried shaking
    her head 'i love Casmir, he's my love. He's
    my life, my heartthrob. I gave my all to this
    man but at the end, he was banging his
    filthy, ugly and shapeless neighbour. Babe,
    check me out now, dont i have what it
    takes to keep a man? Why do i keep
    having badluck with men? Just take a look
    at me...' she cried harder 'i thought we
    were going smoothly. I thought we were
    going to be a perfect couple but....' she
    started crying again.
    I couldnt bring myself to tell her that she
    brought everything upon herself. If she
    hadnt dated Xaviercasmir, whatever his
    ugly name was, she wouldnt be crying
    now and even cursing her mother for
    birthing her.
    This was why i hated men. They siezed
    every opportunity they get to take you for
    granted. I was better off without them, no
    one could tell me otherwise.
    'to think he was even banging her doggie.
    Doggie is something we always have, not
    like i starve him of that position. Wetin i do
    am?'
    'babe, the earlier you start leaving men
    alone, the better for you. This is not the
    first time you're nursing a heartbreak, nor
    the second or the third, what is wrong
    with you? Let them be! Learn to say no
    Kamsiyochukwu, when will you ever?'
    'i love am Kainene. To think it was even the
    Dam who sent that text telling me to come
    with his phone. She just wanted to show
    me she had him now. She was the one
    who saw me first and her moans
    increased immediately she saw me....' she
    pulled her hair.
    ***

    JOLADE.
    'why are you staring at me like that?' i
    barked at Kelvin. He looked down and
    walked away.
    I felt guilty shouting at him but it wasnt
    my fault. I was just in a bad mood and i
    found myself shouting at all the maids. Its
    true that i never treated the workers well
    and that was because they werent my
    class. They were under me and thats
    where they were going to remain, under
    me.
    I added finishing touches to my make up,
    applied red lipstick, smack my lips then
    stood up. I smoothed my red chiffon
    gown which had a gold waist band. It was
    a gown Bidemi had gotten for me the last
    time she visited Nigeria. It was a pencilled
    gown with flowery designs at the neck
    and hand. And it was very expensive.
    Instead of remaining at home all day, i
    decided to pay a visit to Folake, my
    immediate elder sister. Folake hardly
    visited the house. And that was because of
    mum. They were always at loggerheads
    with each other and mum dreaded having
    Folake around.
    It all started from when Folake was forced
    to marry Senator Ayoxelee. Folake had
    been in love with someone from a
    middleclass family and they had planned to
    get married with her sponsoring the
    wedding but mother would have none of
    it. And she had wasted no time in
    arranging Folake and the Senator's
    marriage..
    And thats why till date, Folake wanted
    nothing to do with her.
    It was no news that Folake was still having
    an affair with her ex-boyfriend. Her
    husband had caught them several times
    and reported to mum but he never
    divorced Folake even when she had dared
    him to several times. The reason being his
    political career would be shattered should
    the media get wind of their divorce.
    And so Folake had remained in the house,
    sometimes inviting her lover over even
    when her husband was around.
    'where are you headed? To see Nathan?'
    mum's voice rang out from her room as i
    passed it. I was oblivious of the fact that
    her door was ajar.
    I stopped and turned 'i'm going to see
    Folake'
    'dont you have better things to do than
    visiting Folake? Like going over to
    Nathan's house, cooking for him, and
    taking care of him like a woman should
    care for her man'
    'Nathan and i are not on good terms
    mother'
    'and so, it is your duty to settle whatever
    differences are there between you two...'
    she came out of her room and closed the
    door behind her 'Lade, you're my last child
    and i care about your happiness. If you
    like hate me later, the way Folake hates me
    now simply because i wanted her to be
    happy. Even if Folake hates me from now
    till the end of the world, i will not shake.
    She's my child and i am her mother.
    Knowing fully well that she can have
    anything at all that money can buy, that
    she can have anything she wants at her
    beck and call is enough reason for me to
    stay alive. Bidemi is happily married to her
    doctor husband overseas and i want you
    to be married as well. Lade, dont give up
    on Nathan simply because he said you lack
    self respect. A woman is said to lack self
    respect when she's fighting for something
    that rightfully belongs to her. You love
    Nathan and i know he loves you too. You
    guys will make the perfect couple....' she
    said with a broad smile.
    I faked a smile and walked away. True, i
    loved Nathan, but did he love me too?
    I walked to the red Toyota Camry and
    inserted my keys into it. As i opened it, i
    sighted Kelvin watering the flowers in the
    garden.
    I dropped my gold Chiffani purse in the car
    and walked towards him.
    'Kelvin?' i called as i walked towards him.
    He stopped and turned to me, then he
    lowered his head.
    'why cant you look me in the eye?' i asked
    him.
    He didnt say anything.
    'look at me, Kelvin. Look at me' He raised
    his head and looked at me.
    I reached for his hand and squeezed it
    and i could tell that gesture surprised him.
    'i'm sorry about my reaction earlier. I was
    in a very bad mood. It wasnt my intention
    to shout at it. I'm sorry' i couldnt believe i
    was apologising to a common helper in
    my house.
    But all the same, he deserved it. He had
    helped me once and i was going to be
    grateful to him for the rest of my life.
    He only smiled 'no problem ma'am. There's
    no need apologising to up. I understand
    your plight'
    I drew back 'what plight?'
    Then he looked down. And i realised he
    had been eavesdropping my conversation
    with my mum. He knew about Nathan.
    I just shrugged, dropped his hands and
    catwalked back to my car, entered and
    drove away to my sister's house only for
    me to be welcomed with the sight of my
    sister being placed over the table and
    banged by someone dressed in white and
    black, obviously a chaffeur in the house!
     
  28. Alashelee

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    Chapter 10.

    KAINENE.
    'babe, this your dressing, oh men! Them
    go hear how far for ashawo dot com!' i
    said hailing Kaka.
    She wore red shorts, white tshirt which
    was a little on the big side making her
    small bust almost invincible, a red snicker
    with white sole and she had her hair
    packed in a bun.
    My baby girl had turned into a shadow of
    herself in the past two weeks. Her floppy
    cheeks had now turned dry, her
    voluminous ass which we had teased
    saying was as big as the entire world had
    somewhat reduced in my eyes, though she
    still looked radiant. Her face was devoid of
    makeup, the fake lashes which she so
    much loved wasnt there. Even common
    mascara or eye pencil, my friend did not
    draw.
    I shuddered wondering why a beautiful
    girl like this would want to kill herself over
    a shameless unfaithful man who didnt
    even deserve her and most especially, i
    wondered how a girl full of life like Kaka
    could reduce into a crybaby overnight
    simply because of man. And it got me
    wondering? Do they really deserve it? Is
    any man worth the trouble and stress?
    I shrugged.
    She dipped her hands into the bowl of
    chicken in front of me. From her body
    language, i could tell she was excited
    about something.
    'oya tell me, what is making you so excited
    this afternoon?' i asked.
    'hmm, babe, guess what? Xaviercasmir
    and i just made up!' she nearly screamed
    in excitement.
    I blinked my eyes to be sure of what i
    heard 'what?'
    'his mother called me this afternoon, said
    he has been miserable since that day at his
    house and she begged me to come back
    to her son as he has threatened to commit
    suicide if i dont come back to him. Babe, it
    shows how much that guy loves me. I'm
    never leaving him again. We've been
    through alot together and we deserve
    each other. I love Casmir!' she threw the
    chicken in the air and caught it.
    I stared at her in bewilderment. Like
    seriously? Could anyone be as dumb as
    this beautiful brownskinned lady sitting
    directly opposite me? Hellloooo, somebody
    wake me up from this dream!
    I picked the bottle of water beside me,
    opened it and splashed it on her face. She
    gasped 'what was that for?'
    'i should be asking you that question
    Kamsiyochukwu. What is wrong with you?
    Are you high?'
    'i dont understand what you mean!' she
    wiped her face with her handkerchief.
    'so the guy threatens to commit suicide
    and you run back to him just like that and
    you think he loves you? Helloo? Do i need
    to slap you back to your factory settings?
    Do you need restoration of sense??'
    'meaning what? That i shouldnt have
    forgiven him?'
    'when will you ever have sense
    Kamsiyochukwu? When will you open this
    your cat eyes to see that this Xavier-
    rubbish or Xavier-nonsense is only using
    you? Abi your people for your village then
    pour sand sand for your face?'
    'babe, wetin be your matter now?'
    'you fall my hand scatter Kaka. I shame for
    you! Ha!! Wetin be this one? This one don
    comot for love oo. You have entered the
    era of foolishness. And its so so
    unfortunate that you've refused to open
    your eyes and see what is right in front of
    you'
    She chuckled collecting another chicken
    from the bowl 'you know, i knew you
    were going to be disappointed. You're
    going to be irritated, i mean, why would i
    forgive Xavier? Why? Why? But you know
    one thing Kainene? Relationships do not
    break up just like that. A successful
    relationship takes time to nurture. One
    would have to go through hard and tough
    times. One would have to face trials and
    challenges? Do you think there's any
    perfect relationship in the world?' she
    shook her head 'no honey, you're
    mistaken. That i forgave Xaviercasmir
    doesnt mean i'm foolish. It only means i'm
    wise and i know how to maintain
    relationships. And it only shows how
    much i value relationships. And when i say
    relationships, i dont mean boyfriend,
    girlfriend stuff. I mean relating with
    everyone around you, including your
    family. Life is not all about the way you
    think it to be Kainene. Its very unfortunate
    that its going to take you a very long time
    to understand that. The only thing i can do
    for you everyday is pray. Pray that God
    changes your mindset for the better'
    'is that an insult or what?'
    'no BabyK. Its not an insult. I am just telling
    you. Kainene...'
    'Kaka, did you come to my house to insult
    me?'
    'babe i'm sorry now. Thats not how i
    meant it to be' she pouted.
    I clapped my hands 'people wey talk say fly
    wey no dey hear word na dey follow dead
    body enter grave, dem sabi talk well well.
    Dont say i didnt warn you. Because the
    way i'm seeing it Kamsiyochukwu, God will
    not let you go through all my mother had
    to go through because of a man'
    'amen!'
    'mumu'
    We laughed.
    ***
     
  29. Alashelee

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    Cont chp 10.

    CHIOMA.
    'i need you to tell me the truth. Did you or
    did you not get Mabel pregnant?' i asked
    Chuks.
    He frowned 'no Chi, she was already
    pregnant as at the time we had our first
    sex. Two years before our marriage and
    Kainene's birth'
    'she was pregnant? Who was responsible?
    Jude?'
    'of course. Who else? It was after the sex
    she got to tell me she was already
    pregnant for Jude'
    I sighed and slapped my forehead 'oh
    God! What did i ever do to Mabel? I loved
    her like my own sister. I treated her like
    family, but this is how she repays me?'
    He reached for my hand 'Chichi, i'm sorry'
    'even you! You betrayed me also.
    Whenever i think of all the things you've
    done to me, i dont want to have anything
    to do with you. I loved the both of you. I
    trusted the both of you but you both went
    behind my back to screw each other! Isnt
    that wickedness? After everything i did for
    the both of you. Eh Chuks? Arent you a
    heartless person? Give me just one
    reasonable reason why i should forgive
    you?'
    'because i am your husband. And i'm
    human, liable to make mistakes. I've made
    my mistakes and i've learnt from them.
    Besides, didnt the bible say we should
    forgive those who hurt us?'
    'are you trying to quote bible now for me?
    Eh Chuks? We are now doing bible studies,
    okwaya?'
    'its not...what i meant'
    I bit my finger.
    'Chioma, i promise not to hurt you again.
    Lets just renew our marriage vows please.
    I love you and all i want is for us to be
    together again, nothing more. You,
    Kainene and i. What more can a man ask
    for but for his complete family?'
    'even if i forgive you, you think you stand a
    chance with Kainene?'
    'thats why you're her mother sweetheart.
    You can talk to her. Please, get her to
    change her mindset about me'
    'this is crazy Chuka. You left us alone when
    we had no one'
    'i didnt leave you alone Chichi. You asked
    for a divorce....'
    I raised my voice 'are you trying to justify
    your actions?'
    'never! Am i crazy? I am wholly at fault
    here and there's no way i will try to justify
    my actions. I have sinned against you
    Chioma, and against God. Against Kainene.
    But i go on my knees now...' he went on
    his knees 'and i ask for your forgiveness.
    Let heaven and earth bear me witness
    because from today i declare myself a
    changed man. I will never make the same
    mistakes i made in the past and i promise
    to love and cherish you with everything
    i've got. Chioma please, forgive me'
    I stared at him as tears batted my
    eyelashes. Yes, i loved this man and i
    believe i deserve happiness too. We were
    going to get married again. We were
    going to renew our marriage vows and no
    one and nothing was going to stop us.
    Not even Kainene.
    KAINENE.
    My heart skipped a beat when i saw the
    people around the table. As a matter of
    fact, my heart didnt skip because of the
    people but because of one person.
    And that person was dressed in a red and
    white stripe polo which hugged his body
    showing off his muscular chest. He also
    had a black pencilled shiny pants and a
    black snicker. His long hair which i had
    always admired was packed in a bun. His
    hair alone sold off the fact that he was a
    spoilt kid. I mean, which responsible guy
    trains his hair, visits a woman saloon just
    to either apply relaxer or plait his hair or
    just to treat his hair?
    I'm saying this because there was a day i
    bumped into him at a saloon. He was in a
    dryer! And when he saw me, he smiled
    and winked at me. It was almost like he
    was stalking me. But i was going to give
    him a piece of my mind today. What right
    had he to follow me around?
    Kaka waved at me 'get your booty down
    here ma'am'
    She was looking radiant in her shiny gold-
    coloured off shoulder gown. It was her
    birthday. My baby girl was plus one. Seeing
    her looking happy made me smile. But the
    people she was with were making me
    angry. Xaviercasmir one, and that
    annoying mannerless bastard of a stalker
    called Nathan. Why will this guy not just
    stay away from me?
    I couldnt stop my heart from palpitating
    faster whenever he was just a kilometer
    away from me. I always felt this
    excitement at the pit of my stomach
    whenever i saw him. And i had to confirm
    something i dreaded the most. I had
    feelings for this guy!
    It might not be called love but it was
    definitely a crush. And that was because
    he just wont leave me be!!!
    I walked up to them slowly, careful with
    my steps in order not to fall. Kaka stood up
    and i hugged her. I presented the bouquet
    of flowers to her.
    'happy birthday baby Kaka' i hugged her
    again. She smiled.
    Xaviercasmir rose on his feet. He held the
    collar of his suit, then he stretched forth
    his hands for a handshake 'hi Kainene. Its
    been a while'
    'yeah...' i eyed him 'its really been a while'
    Then i let my gaze fall on him. He was
    smiling. Then he did something that
    surprised me.
    He stood up and gave me a warm hug and
    a kiss on my forehead! What audacity!
     
  30. Prezzy

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    Really?

    Must say that this doesn't look like a Nigerian story... I see lots of foreign letters.

    Which is it bro?
     
  31. Alashelee

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    Chapter 11.

    JOLADE.
    Folake and i walked hand in hand into the
    fast food. Qasaqueen was with us too,
    blabbing about her adventures in Paris.
    How she went shopping for this and that
    and i laughed in my mind, Qasa would
    never change.
    Qasaqueen was senator Ayoxelee's
    younger sister. A spoilt brat to the core. As
    far as she had the money, there was no
    problem. She was a chain smoker and an
    alcoholic as well. And she didnt hide her
    sexuality from anyone. She was a pure
    lesbian!
    We all sat down at a table. People greeted
    Folake from here and there. Being a
    senator's wife and a popular lawyer, she
    drew attention from everyone.
    We placed our orders and got talking. In
    the midst of our discussion, my attention
    got drawn to a very loud female voice who
    was laughing and shouting at the same
    time. I was like, was she the only one
    here?
    When i turned, i saw they were four on
    the table. Two guys and two girls. She was
    resting her head on the shoulders of the
    darker guy. And she was obviously talking
    with the very fair girl with dreadlocks.
    I looked at the girl again and i
    remembered her instantly. The girl from
    SpiritSensation Five Star Hotel!
    Just look at this girl! I clenched my fist in
    anger. I was going to deal with this girl
    today. She had humiliated me before and
    today i wasnt going to let revenge pass
    me by. I cracked my head for what to do.
    And as i kept cracking, my eyes darted to
    the fair guy who had touched the
    dreadlocked girl's arms and she recoiled a
    little, then forced a smile.
    Nathan?
    I blinked twice, cleaned my eyes. It cant be
    Nathan, no! Then realisation dawned on
    me. So Nathan knew this girl before? And i
    was sure he had paid her to do what she
    did to me at the Hotel. But for what gain?
    When he was the one who was
    embarrassed the most?
    I saw the look of hurt on his face when
    the girl pulled his hand away from her
    arms and i knew it. It was either Nathan
    was already in love with this girl or he just
    wanted to get her to bed.
    But the Nathan i knew would never go this
    far just to get a girl into the bed. He was
    used to getting girls of all calibres with
    just a snap of his fingers.
    'bae, where is your attention?' Qasa asked
    pulling my long earrings.
    'ouch! Do you want to injure me?' i
    winced.
    'i had to drag your ears. Folly has been
    talking to you but you aint listening' she
    said in her fake foreign accent.
    'sorry Folly...' i smiled apologetically.
    'isnt that Nathan i see?' Folake said
    pointing at the table 'what is he doing
    there? Obviously he doesnt fit in the
    group. He's obviously not comfortable.
    Maybe he doesnt know them before'
    'maybe he just wants some puvssy. Just
    look at the way he's all over the other girl
    with beautiful dreadlocks! Awww...is that
    natural? Isnt it beautiful. To think the girl is
    even more beautiful than you are Lade'
    Qasa said and laughed.
    I eyed her angrily.
    'sorry babes, i just had to say the truth.
    That girl is so cute. Do you think she might
    be into....'
    'Qasa....' Folake called 'leave that girl alone.
    She's obviously heterosexualy. She isnt les'
    'she might be bi for all i knowwwww'
    Qasa drawled 'and i dont mind sharing
    her, as far as she's mine' Then she turned
    to me 'Jolade, arent you angry that your
    man is all over some hot girl?'
    'Nathan....' i swallowed hard 'Nathan
    would never cheat on me'
    'what the hell!!' Qasa and Folake laughed
    'mehn, your trust is so amazing!! Like
    seriously? In this 21st century? Babe,
    you've gat to be kidding me like seriously
    like dhurr! Your guy is obviously in love
    with that girl and all you can say is Nathan
    cannot cheat on me? Seriously?'
    I swallowed again as tears welled up in my
    eyes. Yes, i was weak and i knew it. I was
    weak when it had to do with Nathan.
    Because i loved him more than life itself.
    'what do i do Qasa? Its not like i can stop
    him...' i said fighting the tears.
    From my corner eyes, i saw Qasa exchange
    looks with Folake.
    'you said what? Jolade, is he still treating
    you like trash?' Folake asked 'i thought
    you told me sometime ago that it was
    completely over between you two'
    'i cant stay away from him sis. I love him'
    'OMG! And what have you done about this
    honey?' Qasa asked.
    'nothing' i shook my head.
    'nothing?' Qasa and Folake chorused.
    I nodded.
    'Lade, how many times will i tell you to
    leave that guy alone?' Folake chipped in
    'dont mind mum. That woman is a very
    greedy woman and she will do anything,
    anything at all as far as it satisfies her own
    selfish interests! Dont let her decieve you,
    the truth is, you will never be happy with a
    man you dont truly love, i'm speaking from
    experience'
    'but i love him Folly'
    'if you love him then fight for him!' Qasa
    said 'dont just sit back. Device a plan to get
    rid of any obstacle standing between your
    loves for each other. If you ever
    experience any difficulty, then come to me.
    I'm always here for you'
    'thank you Qasa' i smiled.
    ***

    MABEL.
    Sometimes, i just felt like seeing Chichi
    again. To just right all my wrongs. She was
    never going to understand what went
    down with Chuks several years ago. She
    was never going to understand what her
    husband did to me.
    Yes, i was guilty as well. But if Chuks hadnt
    come to me, seduced me and told me lies
    about Jude, i would never have fallen for
    him. How was i even going to state that he
    drugged my drink?
    Chuks was a monster and i hated him. He
    didnt deserve Chioma. Chioma was too
    nice for him. I cried in my heart whenever
    i thought about Chioma's facial expression
    the day she saw us making out at my
    apartment.
    She didnt even know that our affair had
    lasted for two years. Two solid years and
    Nathan had already been born then. Even
    now, as i thought about it, i felt like killing
    myself.
    Chichi had been nothing but a good friend
    to me. I also felt bad betraying the only
    one who truly loved me and whom i also
    loved in return.
    How i wished we could just get back
    together and forget about all that
    happened in the past. It was so fustrating.
    I saw him everytime and i wept in my
    heart. I still loved this man.
    Nathan deserved to get back with his
    father. How i wished i could get him to
    know Jude. How i wished he could get
    closer to Jude. He needed a father figure in
    his life. Maybe, if his father had been
    around, he wouldnt have turned into the
    spoilt child he was today.
    I pondered on it for a while, then i pressed
    my intercom 'come to my office right now'
    I hung up.
    Not up to a minute later, my secretary was
    in my office.
    'madam? You sent for me?'
    'yes i did Jagugu. I need you to set up a
    meeting with Mrs Chioma Igho, the CEO of
    SpiritSensation Hotel & Suites. Let her
    know Mabel Imore of Imore Corporations
    would want to see her'
    Even as i said so, my heart thumped. How
    would i face Chioma? Would she want to
    see me? What do i tell her.
    I wiped my face with shaky palms.
    'okay ma. When?' my secretary asked.
    'today. By 2pm' my heart skipped.
    Wasnt it too early? I shook my head. No,
    the earlier the better.
    ****
    CHIOMA.
    'Kainene, Chuka is still your father no
    matter what. All this your shakara shakara
    it will not work oo. He's still your father.
    He's your blodd. Your one and only father.
    You dont have two fathers oo Kainene. I
    did not sleep with two men in order to
    concieve you ooo'
    My daughter rolled her eyes twirling her
    locks around her index finger 'mum, this is
    not my problem. You know what? You and
    your so called husband are selfish, you
    guys are heartless and greedy mum and
    i'm especially disappointed in you. You
    mum, we've been together for 24yrs, your
    husband was never there for me. But all of
    a sudden, your husband comes from
    nowhere and you choose him over me.
    Mark my words mum, listen and listen very
    carefully to me, i will leave your house the
    moment that man steps in as your
    husband. You're going to lose me mum,
    that you can be sure of'
    'Kainene!'
    She shrugged her shoulders carelessly 'i'll
    see you later mum' she stood up and
    bumped into a cleaner at the door.
    'sorry ma'am' then she looked at me as
    Kainene exited the office 'ma'am, one
    Mabel Imore from Imore Corporation
    requested a meeting with you at 2pm. The
    manager said i should tell you...' she
    bowed slightly.
    'Jesus Christ!' i sighed.
    'ma'am are you alright?'
     

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