The Painful Pleasure (TPP)
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“You wanted to tell me something before we received that emergency call, can you please tell me now?” Moji said to me. I was so scared of telling her, so I decided to postpone the whole thing. “Don’t worry, when I get back to Ife, we will discuss it fully”. I answered her. “Alright no problem”. She said. Moji later got a bus, and I went back to the hospital to meet my mum. My mum got discharged later in the evening, and we went home.
When we got home, my mum kept looking at me, but she wasn’t saying anything. I knew there was something she wanted to say, so I started the conversation. . .
Me: Mummy, I noticed that since you came back from the hospital, you have been looking at me in a very funny way that I cannot even explain. If there is anything, you can talk to me, everything will be resolved.
My mum: Thank you oko mi, thanks for the observation. Its about that girl.
Me: What girl?
My mum: How many girls do I know you with? The one that paid the bills of course!
Me: Oh! You mean Moji?
My mum: Yes, my son.
Me: What’s wrong with her mummy, did she do anything bad?
My mum: No my son. It’s about you. As an elder, I’ve been in this game long before you were born. The both of you are in in love with each other.
Me: (laughing) Mummy, Moji is just my friend. She is just my best friend. In fact she brings me food.
My mum: That’s the point! How will a girl that is not your wife cook for you, if no strings are attached. How will she follow you to see your sick mum if she doesn’t have feelings for you? How did she know that I was sick, if not because you do tell her almost everything? How will you allow her to follow you to Ibadan if not because you are strongly attracted to her?
Me: But Mummy. . .
My mum: (Interrupted) Shut up and listen to me! I’m not arguing with you whether or not you are attracted to her or she is attracted to you. What I’m saying is that you have to be careful not to do something you’ll regret. Before you go into anything in life, be sure you are ready for it, lest you regret your actions.
Me: Alright mum, I’ve heard you, and I won’t disappoint you.
I thought about Sandra for a while, and I was really sad. If my mum should know about my affair with Sandra, she won’t believe her son could do such a thing.
My mum persuaded me to go back to school the following day, but I refused, because I didn’t want to leave her all alone. But after so much sermon, promising me that she’s well already, I agreed to go back to ife. Her words kept ringing in my hears “Don’t do anything that you will regret.” “I really hope I don’t regret everything I’ve done with Sandra.” I thought to myself. As I was going back to school, I decided to put the whole affair with Sandra behind me by opening up to Moji.
The following day, I took the only back pack I brought, said ‘bye’ to my mum, and went back to school. It was an easy journey. It seemed faster than all others. When I got to my room, my roommates were very happy to see me. . .
Mayowa: How’s mummy’s health now? Hope she’s alright?
Me: Yes she is. In fact, she said I should greet you guys.
Emeka: Omo no be small tin o. Wen I no see you for like two days, I think say you don die ni. I don dey reason am say how Sandra wan do naw, d girl go miss you if you die o.
Me: God forbid, I no go die in Jesus name.
Emeka: Wait o, Mayowa talk say that girl wey den dey call Moji follow you go house go see your mama, guy you don marry be dat o. Na mother-in-law to daughter in law introduction you do so.
Mayowa: No mind the guy, soon now you go dey talk say you no like the girl. Girl wey be say you don carry go show your mama.
Me: Guys, you know the funniest thing? Thank God Moji followed me. She was the one that donated blood to my mum. The case would have gotten worse
Emeka: Na lie! She give your mama blood? This girl don win your mama already. In fact, na she you go marry. You no get choice.
I was just laughing as Mayowa and Emeka were pulling my legs. Olu was not in the room that day, it would have been much worse. I had really missed those guys, and I kept teasing Emeka especially to talk more.
Later in the evening, I called Moji that I was in school already. She was really surprised as she thought I would stay with my mum quite longer. I made up my mind to tell her the whole truth that night, I decided to conquer my fears. I told her to come and meet me at Anglomoz. That was around 9pm. She came and we started talking. . .
Moji: I never knew you would come today, I thought you would stay with mummy quite longer.
Me: She told me she didn’t want me to miss lectures.
Moji: Why didn’t you tell her that I was writing all the notes, and making photocopies for you.
Me: (If I had told my mum that, it would only have confirmed what she said) It skipped my mind.
Moji: Anyway, if she is really okay now, then no problem.
Me: Yes. Eeeeer Moji, there is something I want to tell you.
Moji: There he goes again, I really hope you say it this time. Because I can’t wait to hear it.
Me: I hope you won’t. . .
Moji: (Interrupts) Stop that, I won’t kill you, I won’t do anything, just say it Dapo, please. I’m all ears. Say it!
Me: Moji, the thing is. . .
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