A story written by BukkyDan ([email protected])…
Barbra took a few steps back, so she could have a full view of the room, its new look was beautiful enough to welcome a new bride.
Was it the Kingsized bed or the wardrobe and dresser, the beautiful flower vase’ or the soft curtains. She’ve spent alot, thanks to her sister’s contributions. The dresser was filled with body cream’, perfumes, lotions, cleansers of different shapes and sizes, everything a young girl would need. The shame she felt was unestimable when she discovered her daughter’s still using petroleum jelly, using cheap perfume, and using olive oil for her hair. Or was it when she went through Sasha’s clothes and shoes? She had to change everything.
But then, she wasn’t sure if the girl would appreciate her efforts. Each time she tried to imagine how she would welcome her daughter; fear grips her heart, the fear of rejection.
Her daughter would be with her in less than 16 hours, after all the preparations, she’s still nursing the fear. Whatever is going to be would surely be, all she got to do is hold on patiently.
Her tensed up muscles relaxed as she tried to console herself that her family would be happy once more.
Happy? Something was still missing. Joyce is still in her home! The woman isn’t back from wherever she went for two days, and she secretly wish she’d never come back.
Barbra waved the issue of her mind, resuming her thougts about Sasha.
“My baby…I’d be the best mum I can be…I promise.” she smiled at the empty room.
“my beloved PH. City hasn’t changed a bit.” Sasha noted looking out of the window.
“You’re just absent for a few weeks, you shouldn’t expect a change.” Williams replied.
“Yea…” sasha smiled.
Williams smiled too, he was enjoying every bit of her conversation. This was the Sasha he never knew, he’s yet to know why she became so nice overnight, or was it the thought of coming back home? And that knowing look she and Tunji exchanged from time to time; something is up.
“Uncle Tee Jay…that’s my school…” Sasha pointed out.
“Before I was bundled the Lagos!” the words came out swiftly beyond her control.
“I mean…” she looked sober. The look Tunji gave her just made her melt, or was it the guilty look on her father’s face.
Tunji let out a sigh, the girl wasn’t prepared to let go.
He looked away, as she shifted closer to him.
“Sorry.” she whispered.
His lips curved into a smile…Sasha using the word ‘sorry’? Unbelievable.
“Just a few metres drive and you would be home again.” Tunji took her hands as the driver turned the Car into the street where The Williams reside.
Sasha tightened her grip on Tunji’s fingers, her heart beat soared. Just a few seconds and she’ll be facing them? Her family? How would they welcome her? Would her mother snob or hug her? Would Kola run to hug her? What about cassie? Would Kenny be there too? Or has he forgotten her? Would…?
The gate waved at them as he opened the gate, she waved back with trembling hands. Her throat was dry, her eyes moist and her heart threatening to jump out of her chest.
Tunji squeezed her fingers, giving her an assuring look.
Yes, Sasha tried to assure herself, everything would just work out fine. If her family rejects her this time around Kenny would never reject her, and if he does; Kemi and her husband won’t, her newly found faith in God won’t fail her.
“Welcome back home Dada mi…” Williams cooed as the car came to a halt.
Sasha swallowed as she watched her them alight, her buttocks was still glued to the car seat.
“Madam oya bo sita jare…that car looks comfy, but I tell you your room would be much more comfortable.” Tunji teased.
Williams laughed but Sasha didn’t, instead she pursed her lips into a thin line. Her feet trembled as she made to get down.
‘don’t worry Sassy…be strong.’ she gripped her dress.
Her ears pricked, her head jerked to the direction of the voice. She was too scared to look at who own the voice, the giggling sounds shows it was not just one person.
She turned to see her family rushing to meet her, faces lit with smiles.
“Who’s gonna get your first hug?” Tunji whispered.
“Whom do you think deserves it?” she whispered back.
“Make your choice.” Tunji laughed.
Sasha scanned their faces as they approached her, the joy on their faces was unmeasurable. She made her choice, her Mother. She took a deep breathe and ran to meet her mother half-way.
Barbra held unto her tight, they both trembled.
“Welcome back…I missed you.” Barbra sniffed.
“I love you momma.” Sasha whispered, tears stinging her eyelids as she buried her face in her mother’s neck.
To Be Continued….