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A SMALL WORLD - SEASON TWO
Copyright © Ufuomaee
Ope shut the door to the hotel behind him. He brought out his phone and speed dialled a number. The person picked up on the second ring.
“We’re at the hotel,” he said, blocking Richard’s exit. He cut the call.
“Ope, it’s not what you think. I just came out for some fresh air. I didn’t even know she was here…”
“Save you speech for the Police!”
“The Police? The Nigerian Police?” Richard said, scornfully. “You have to be kidding me, right? On what charges are you going to arrest me?”
“For a slimy snake, you are very confident in your deception. But you should be ashamed. And very afraid!”
Richard couldn’t understand what Ope was doing. He tried to shove him aside so that he could leave, but Ope resisted him and pushed him back.
“You know, I never could understand how a pitiful, wretched man such as yourself had the gall to be making threats at my wife…even while expecting favours from me. And even after I showed mercy on you and gave you a chance, you continue in your campaign to humiliate my wife. Certainly, you know something that I don’t, and today we will find out just what that is…”
“She has you deceived! She’s a whore!”
Richard didn’t see the punch coming! Ope threw his fist at his face before he’d even had a moment to process what he had said. Richard stumbled backwards, moving dangerously close to the pool. Ope reached for him and threw him to the ground, with his hand around his neck and his fist in position for another strike. “You were saying…?”
Richard just stared up at Ope, his nose bloody from the blow. Promise had run to Ope’s side and was holding his fist. Ope was breathing heavily, like a lion defending its cub.
“Baby, he’s not worth it,” Promise said, rubbing his hand to get him to relax his fist.
Ope rose up, releasing his grip on Richard’s neck. He stood guard again, watching Richard for any quick movements.
“Promise, get inside,” he instructed.
“Baby, please don’t…” Ope gave her a stern look, and she got the message. Promise glanced back at Richard, before she re-entered the hotel.
Richard slowly arose to his feet. He wiped his bloody nose. “Ope, I’m sorry…” he began. “I’m going to go, and I won’t bother you again.”
“It’s too late for that now! You should have listened when I told you to stay away from my wife.”
“What are you going to do to me?” Richard asked. “What is my crime?”
Just then, the door opened, and two Policemen exited the building. Richard backed away from them, shouting, “Get away from me! I’ve done nothing to warrant an arrest! Ope, I never knew you could stoop to corruption!”
One of the officials pulled out a photo of Tony, taken at the Police Station four years ago and flashed it in front of Richard. “Do you know this man?”
Richard recognised him, but figured it was in his best interest to lie. “No!”
“Are you sure?” the second cop asked.
“I’m positive! I never forget a face.”
The second Policeman pulled out another picture. This one was captured from the security cameras in Tony’s apartment. It showed Tony and Richard riding the elevator together. “Do you want to change your statement?”
“I want to speak with my lawyer!” Richard said.
“Don’t worry, you’ll get the best lawyer your money can buy!” One of the Police officers said, as they cuffed him, read him his rights and escorted him out of the hotel.
Jimmy and Fatima drove Jason and Fiona to the airport, for their flight back to Los Angeles. The couple had spent an extra week after their traditional wedding to pack up Fiona’s things, to sell or give some away, and also make some final farewell visits to friends and family. They had spent the week in a five-star hotel in Lagos, as a prelude to their honeymoon. They both had the glow of lovers, who were very satisfied sexually, and couldn’t get enough of each other.
At the Airport, they exchanged hugs, and Jimmy gave his brother some much needed marital advice. “Whatever happens, always remember that you are in it together. She’s your best friend. Treat her that way, every day, especially when she forgets it! That’s when you need to remind her that you love her, no matter what.”
Jason nodded, and hugged his brother again. “Thank you, Bro. I’ll remember that.”
“Fiona, please remember that he is the leader. If you will always remember that and show him that respect, you will do well. Jason is a good man. He will make a good leader and husband too,” Fatima said, as she received Fiona for a hug goodbye.
Fiona wiped away a tear. She had grown to be fond of Fatima. “Thank you. Jimmy is a good leader too. You’re very lucky!”
Jimmy took Fatima into his arms to hug her, as he watched his brother and his wife go through Security to board their plane to America. He was going to miss him. From their time together, he knew that God had called his brother to a special ministry, and he prayed that Fiona would be just the helper he needed to fulfil it.
After the small commotion caused by Richard being escorted from the hotel by armed officials, Ope called his wife. They needed to talk. He had noticed that she had been distant, since he had agreed to work with Richard. He hadn’t known how to explain his reasons then. He hoped she would understand now.
“Baby, where are you?” he asked when she picked up the phone.
“I’m in my office.”
“Okay, I’m coming now.”
When he opened the door to her office, she had her head turned away, towards the window. He knew she was crying. He went to her, and knelt before her.
“What did he say to you?”
Promise wiped her face with the tissues in her hand and composed herself. “Does it matter anymore?”
“Yes, it does. You know it does…”
“You didn’t listen to me when I told you not to work with him. Do you know how that made me feel?”
Ope hugged her. “I know, Baby. I’m sorry. You don’t know all the things I wanted to do to him. All the things I want to do to him even now!!! I couldn’t act on my rage, Baby. It would have been wrong. I signed the contract so that I could have time to process a few things and watch him… I really hoped he would prove me wrong, I really did.”
“You always see the best in people, Ope. But it’s dangerous! He could have really hurt me!”
“Not on my watch, Baby,” Ope said, kissing her temple. “I had to put in extra precautions before I agreed to work with him. Baby, you’re the most important person to me. You mean everything! I would never jeopardize us…”
Promise looked into his face as he said that. “Do you mean that?”
Ope nodded frantically. “Of course. You know it’s the truth, Promise. There’s nothing I will not do for you!”
“Then fire Cindy.”
Ope was stunned. He looked into Promise’s eyes, but they were hard. She’d really thought this through. He swallowed. “Okay. But can I ask why?”
Promise almost said, “Because she’s in love with you!” but held herself back, because in the event that he didn’t know it already, she didn’t want to be the one to tell him. “Because that’s what I want.”
Ope rested on his feet, with his knees on the ground. “If that will make you happy, Baby. She’s gone.”
Promise just nodded, feeling bad, but having the conviction that she had done the right thing. The best thing for her marriage. Ope stood up and sat on a chair. He put his face in his hands, as he wondered how he would break the news to Cindy. She would be crushed.
As if reading his thoughts, Promise said, “Don’t worry. You don’t have to do it. I’ll tell her it’s not working out.”
Ope just nodded. He didn’t really know what to do again. He felt so sad. Mostly because Promise didn’t trust him. But also because he knew she was right not to. He knew he was taking a risk being around Cindy, but he had put trust in his ability not to act on his attraction to her. Maybe it would be better for all of them if she left.
After the wedding, Nomnso took Kemi to his parents’ Mansion in Ikoyi. They still wanted to hang out, and he didn’t want to go to her small flat, which she shared with two other women. He had his own quarters at home, and they wouldn’t be disturbed.
It wasn’t the first time Kemi had been to his place. The other times she had visited, they had stayed in the lounge and watched TV or movies together, and even played games. A few times, they had made out on the sofa, but there was no heavy petting. Just sweet kisses and gentle touches.
Today, she was going to his place about the time she would usually be returning home. And they had both had a few glasses of wine at the wedding. She felt cautious about being alone with him in his house.
But a part of her hoped they would flirt around the danger zone, tonight…even if they didn’t go all the way. She knew she wanted to wait until marriage to have sex for the first time. And even though she was sure she wanted to marry Nomnso, and now knew he wanted to marry her too, that didn’t mean it was okay for them to have sex.
Nomnso led her by the hand to his quarters, and ignored her gentle tug to sit on the sofa, when they passed through the lounge. Her heart was pounding in her chest as he led her to his bedroom. When they got in his room, he shut the door, and drew her into his arms.
She felt him. His heart beating fast against her neck. His hot hardness against her navel. And his sharp, warm breath against her ears.
She closed her eyes as his lips came down on hers fiercely. She kissed him back passionately, enjoying how his hands moved with lust on her body, caressing and squeezing her soft mounds of flesh. God, this felt so right! Whoever said “sex before marriage is wrong” has never, ever felt like this before, Kemi thought, pressing her body against his and caressing him in return.
“God, I want you so much,” Nomnso whispered, kissing her all over her face, and trailing his tongue down her neck. Then he stopped himself. He breathed hard against the door, where Kemi’s back was pressed against.
This was so wrong, he thought. He had done this so many times to other girls and women in the States. He didn’t want to do this to Kemi. She deserved better than this! He just told her he loved her, for goodness sake! He had to do things right!
He pulled away from her, and went to sit on his bed. “I’m sorry…” he said, rubbing his hand on his face, and trying to pull himself together.
Kemi was confused. She hadn’t wanted him to stop. She slowly went to the bed to meet him. “For what?”
He looked her in her eyes. They were filled with so much love and desire. He was pained. “For treating you like the others…” he said. He swallowed, and looked at her squarely. “I meant it when I said “I love you”, Kay. You’re not just another girl to me. I have to control my passion for you, and treat you with the respect you deserve… Please forgive me.”
Kemi smiled at hearing his words. For a moment there, she had thought he didn’t want her anymore. She had also been worried about telling him to stop, because she didn’t want him to think she didn’t want him as much as he wanted her. She also didn’t want him to go elsewhere for satisfaction. But she was glad that he had decided to stop all by himself. And that it was because he treasured her.
She went to him and hugged him tight. “Thank you! Thank you for this!”
To be continued…
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