Dad and I hardly talk long on phone, but this time was different.
I felt fear in his voice as he spoke, expressing every emotion when he heard I was shot. He spoke more affectionately and for the first time in a long long time I heard my dad say, “I love you, Son”.
I wish dads would know how their sons feel when they hear that.
This made me realize something; when everything is good, people tend to underestimate how important it is to actually be affectionate towards each other, until something bad happens.
I jerked out of my thoughts when Evy cleared her throat to continue her story.
“The Onabanjo’s wanted a balance” she continued. “So they asked Ana (that’s how we call them both) what they wanted. They, being the No. 1 fan of the Kardashians, said they wanted their own clothing line, starting from an exclusive boutique, which was what led to Ana Clothiers (Anabel & Nina Clothiers). This would run till they’re matured enough to take charge of the business.”
The energy and passion in her voice drew everyone the more into the story, giving it an entirely different flavor.
“We bumped into an Igbo guy called Chidi on one of our trips” she added. “It was our first time in New York, at the Times Square.”
“Look who we have here…”, he said like he’d known us before.
We looked at each other, gave in to a deceptive smile at least to return the public gesture.
He looked cute though :), but unfortunately our focus was different from what he wanted. So we ended making him our big brother.
Being our first time in New York, he took us around and made sure we had all the fun we needed to write our blog.
The next time we met, it was at Silverbird Galleria in VI Lagos, with Sophie. She looked innocent for this guy, but when we heard her, we knew she was our kinda gal. We became friends straight away.
Oh! I almost forgot, we parted ways with Chidi when he invited us over for a threesome in NY. He was that crazy. So when we saw Sophie with him, we got nothing but pity for her. Although we never told her this until they broke up eventually. Yea…our bad!
When Ana turned 18, we pleaded the Onabanjo’s to allow them travel with us to the Caribbean Island. This time, we had sponsors who took care of our own trip so we bought 3 more tickets for Ana and Sophie. She became like one of us.
It was when we got there we met Jane, she and her family – more like a family vacation.
Things turned awry when Chidi asked us out, again. He called Ivy up with his bullshits, sent a couple text messages, forgetting the girl he claimed to be in love with is now our bestie.
Our mistake was this; we didn’t tell Sophie while this was going on. And when she found out herself, she felt betrayed and used, which was not actually the case.
We got back together when she and that ‘mitch’ finally broke up.
Long story short…and here we are – still together.”
With hands across her chest, mum shook her head and was like “hmmm… girls of nowadays! Una sabi this thing sha…”
We all had a good laugh.
© 2015 Michael Agene
This is a work of fiction. While reference might be made to actual historical events or existing locations, the names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.