A story written by Chekwube Emmanuel… (0703440 1770, [email protected])
Again, soon you will be done from here and probably go abroad to further your studies and maybe unite with your boyfriend. Precious I like you, I swear but I have to start something serious. I have to start a relationship with someone and that person is definitely not you”.
“Purity I’m sorry for those things I said to you then. But am not going away. Am not going to leave you for anybody. I have come to develop something deep and real for you. I would have told you a long time ago but if I remember those things I said to you when you were in first year, my heart skips.”
“Precious you have to snap out of this. What is wrong with you? You have a boyfriend for crying out loud. Wait, are you guys having issues? If that is the case, you can easily talk it over and resolve it”
“I don’t have any boyfriend, I don’t” she said and started crying all over again.
I looked at her in surprise. “What are you saying? You told me you had a boyfriend schooling in London and that’s why we couldn’t have anything serious. Or was that a lie you made me believe?”
“I didn’t lie to you. How do I make you understand this? The truth is that I have never seen my so called boyfriend face to face. The whole thing was an arrangement made by our parents. I only talk with him via phone and Skype.”
“You gotta be kidding me. Do parents still do that in this age? Ok even at that, you have been able to keep up with it till this moment, why?”
“I didn’t want to offend my parents. I have been able to put up with it till now because I want to please my parents. The relationship meant a lot to both families. But I don’t care anymore. I can’t sacrifice my happiness for something I don’t even know the intent. Am ready to bear every consequence and be where my heart belongs; and it’s here and with you.”
“Ok, calm down and stop crying. If I tell you that I understand this situation or can handle it I will be lying, but we are going to find a way through this ok?”
“Purity am sorry………………” she started to say something.
“Shhhhhhh!! Don’t say anything ok?”
We both laid back down on the bed staring into the space with many thoughts running through my mind.
‘How do I handle this?’
‘I can’t cut off my friends because of this’
‘Cindy, Cindy, what do I do? I love that girl.’
‘What about Shania? That is a no, no. I can’t cut her off. It is not possible’
‘Hmmmmm!! I don’t like complications like this’
On Sunday evening when she was prepared to go, I sat her down to talk.
“Babe am happy that you came out clean to tell me about your feelings. Truth is that I have been worried about your behavior recently. In as much as this is very difficult for me, am happy you said it out. But just like I told you yesterday, I have someone that I want to start up something serious with and I think I love her. But on the same note, I wouldn’t want to hurt your feelings. Precious, this is going to be difficult for me because I never thought a day or something like this will come between us. You have been more that a friend to me and ……………….”
“Purity please don’t tell me it can’t work between us, please. I’m going to be the best I can for you. I’m going to pay you back for the heartbreak I caused you in first year……..” she said with tears rolling down her eyes.
“Wait, please allow me to finish. In as much as this is going to be difficult for us, I’m going to give us a trial. And if at any point I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel for us, please don’t fight it, just let me go then”
“Thank you, thank you. I know we are going to make it. I know it will work between us. Am not going to do anything to hurt you…………..” she continued.
After we talked for a while, I saw her off and came back to continue with my thoughts. I needed someone to talk to. I don’t know how I was going to handle the situation. My instincts were telling me that trouble looms if I don’t handle the situation well. The truth is, my instincts are never wrong.
To Be Continued…