Old Man: “We have come to take you out of this marriage, we need children to bear Popoola’s name.” he further explained.
Lara laughed uncontrollably.
Tunde: “You don’t laugh when an elder is talking.” Tunde yelled at her.
Lara’s Mom: “She’s stubborn o.!” Funke chirped
Lara ignored her mum and faced Tunde.
Lara: “You don’t yell at me, else I’l throw you out of my house.!”
Lara: “Baba…”she turned to face the old man
Lara: “I’l go with you if only you can do something for me.” she said politely.
Old Man: “Name it omo mi.” Baba Lagbaja said
Lara: “If you can return all you’ve collected from Tony and his parents, then I’l follow you.” Lara assured him.
Old Man: “What are those things?”
Lara: “To start with, my mother must return the one million naira she collected for bride price, then all the jewelries and ornaments, then all the clothes, the house they bought for her, all the gifts they showered on her…alll..the…”
Old Man: “Ehn!” The old man screamed interrupting her,not believing his ears.
Old Man: “Ehn!” Baba Lagbaja exclaimed again.
Lara: “Yes o! Including the two jeeps Tony’s Father gave her, and the…”
Old Man: “Wait!” he stoped her, turning to Funke.
Old Man: “Funke! N gbo? You collected all that? Are you trying to sell your daughter? You’ve sold her already I rather say!” he yelled at her.
Funke shifted uneasily on her seat.
Old Man: “My daughter, sorry to have troubled you o. ” Baba Lagbaja told the smiling Lara.
Old Man: “Young men let’s go!” he said angrily and they rose to leave.
Lara’s Mom: “Wait wait! I’ll pay!” Funke was desperate.
Lara’s Mom: “I’l pay in installments, little by little.”
Old Man: “When you sold your daughter to them, did you give her to them in installments?” Baba Lagbara shrieked at her.
Old Man: “Don’t ever come to me again o! If you do Sango would strike you dead! ” he cursed before leaving the house with his group.
Funke was confused! How could her daughter become so mean.
Lara: “hey mum! You’ve got another plan?” Lara laughed at her dejected mother.
Lara: “Well, I’m afraid, you’ll have to die without a grandchild o. As for me, I can easily adopt as many children as I want o!” she jeered.
Funke threw her handbag at her in anger.
Lara: “Ouch!” Lara winced as the bag hit her belly.
Lara: “Please o! Be careful, Tony’s Babies are in there!” she laughed some more.
Lara’s Mom: “Lara, you’re doing this to me your mother! What’s your gain?” Funke asked tears staining her eyes.
Lara: “My gain?” Lara looked sobber.
Lara: “My gain, is that, I can make you feel bad after all you did to me!” Tears welled up her eyes too.
Lara’s Mom: “Omolara! I’m leaving you! Continue to ruin your life!”
Lara: “Yea! I’ll continue from where you stoped” Lara spat out.
Lara’s Mom: “Don’t ever come to look for me! I’m no longer your mother.” Funke fumed heading towards the exit.
Lara: “And I’m no longer your daughter!” Lara shot back.
Funke turned round astonished.
Lara’s Mom: “Lara?” she whispered.
Lara walked into her room, leaving her to stand there like an undecided ghost. Funke tossed and turned on her bed. She had suffered from chronic fever ever since her last encounter with Lara.
Lara’s Mom: “What have I done to deserve such treatment from my daughter?” she asked herself.
Lara’s Mom: “The child I bore for nine months, brought up at my own expense, decides to turn against me.” she gazed at the ceiling.
She counted the ceiling for a long time.
Lara’s Mom: “Hmn!” she chuckled wickedly.
Lara’s Mom: “So far I’m her biological mother, she must leave that marriage! Whether Tony gets well or not!” she said firmly.
She brazed up a plan, she pulled her cellphone towards her and dialled a number.
Lara’s Mom: “Hello, Deji ?” she said into the phone.
Deji: “Hello, eka le ma! Good evening.” Deji said in a sleepy voice.
Lara’s Mom: “Deji please, come over to my place tomorrow morning. We have something to discuss.” Funke told her softly.
Deji: “okay ma.” Deji said cautiously before ending the call.
Lara’s Mom: “Deji eat and drink now, its your home o.” Funke said as Deji sipped her drink shyly.
Lara’s Mom: “Deji there’s something I’ll want us to discuss.” she said after Deji finished her snacks.
Lara’s Mom: “I heard of a girl back then…the girl that used to be Tony’s mistress…I mean Sophia…” she continued.
Deji: “uhum!” Deji grunted giving her suspicious look.
Lara’s Mom: “Errm..Deji, I know you and your exploits, you have this city under your finger tips…” Funke appraised her.
Deji: “So?” she grimaced.
Lara’s Mom: “So I want you to tell me where she is! I know you monitor her movements! Please let me have her address.” Funke explained.
Deji: “just like that? What do you want with her?” she asked.
Lara’s Mom: “I’ve got some business plans, and I heard she’s good in such business…”
Deji: “Of all the business women in this city?” Deji interrupted her.
Lara’s Mom: “Common Deji, just give it to me! I’ll pay any amount you need.” funke said this because she knew Deji is a sucker for money.
Deji: “hmmn, I just hope this ‘business’ won’t affect Lara o!” Deji cautioned.
Lara’s Mom: “Nooo…not at all! You forget Lara is my daughter!” Funke laughed.
Deji: “Okay!” Deji said scribbling Sophia’s address on a note pad.
Lara’s Mom: “Thank you, name your pay!” Funke smiled satisfactorily.
Deji: “no need for that! Meanwhile, I must go and see Lara now, I promised her I’m going over.” Deji made to go.
Lara’s Mom: “Okay bye, and please don’t tell her about this o.” Funke saw her off.
She waved as Deji drove away, a donkey smile playing on her face.
First mission accomplished, next target on point!
….. Stay tuned to Episode 16