Lara wiped a sweat off her forehead as she pushed a trolley round the mall. She was shopping alone against Tony’s wish, he always wanted them going out together. He becoming a superglue! She thought. She just doesn’t want some Adam generation hovering over.
Lara: “Nice” she said aloud as she examined a baby feeding bottle.
She threw it into the trolley, that was the tenth feeding bottle she’s buying. Money isn’t a problem like Tony said, their baby deserves everything in the world.
Lara: “What’s this used for please?” she asked a woman close to her.
Woman: “Ooh! Its just like a box, you can keep your baby’s feeding items in it.” the woman explained with a smile.
Lara: “Thanks” Lara smile back throwing it into her trolley again.
She made sure the trolley was full before heading to the cashiers desk, the security men helped take the goods to the waiting car. She felt hungry, luckily there was a restaurant in the mall. She excused herself from the driver, before hurrying to grab a bite. She chewed her food slowly, till something caught her attention. A dark woman in a blond wig!
She smiled quitely, why can’t black people understand that those wigs made them look like black mermaids! She thought. The woman rose from her table, and their eyes met.
Lara: “Hey Deji!”
Deji: “Hey Lara” Deji replied
Lara: “its been a long time, how have you been?” Lara walked towards her pleased.
Deji: “i’ve been like the Deji you used to know!” Deji replied coldly.
Lara: “I’m happy to see you, so can you join me at my table!” Lara tried to hold her.
Deji: “No I need to go now!”
Lara: “oh c’mon Deji! Are we quarelling? You’ve been acting strangely” Lara looked worried.
Deji: “lara please! I beg you don’t start!”
Lara: “Okay…” Lara sighed.
Deji: “So you’re pregnant?” Deji sneered.
Lara: “so who did the job? Tony or your gateman, or your father-in-law, or your driver or your….come on tell me!” she eyed Lara’s bulging tummy.
Lara: “Did you suddenly forget I’m married?” Lara forced a smile
Deji: “oh no! I didn’t forget your husband is an impotent!” Deji quipped.
Lara bit deep into her lower lip.
Lara: “Deji…” her voice was low.
Lara: “You’re hurting me! Stop that! I thought you were a friend, I mean..that was cruel…besides Tony’s alright now.”
Deji: “Oh really! Let me don’t waste much of my time! Wish you all the best.” Deji turned to leave.
Lara: “Deji tell me whats happening” Lara held her hand.
Deji: “Nothing! Just that I think….we..we can no longer be friends! You aint my class, you’re married and I’m not, gerrit?” Deji said carelessly.
Lara: “does that matter?” Lara whispered.
Deji: “It does! Please stay away from me!” Deji walked away.
Lara watched her friend leave, she hoped Deji didn’t mean those words, something was wrong. Do people change so easily? What was wrong with everyone in the world? Her mother changed from bad to worse, Tony changed from bad to good, now Deji is transforming into a being she never knew… Deji exhaled sharply as she sat in her car.
Deji: “So Lara is preggie?” she asked herself.
Deji: “Her mum didn’t tell me! I’m sure she needs me!” she wondered aloud.
She felt jealousy and strife surge through her veins. She, naturally was never happy ever since Lara got married. She was beginning to earn some satisfaction when Tony maltreated her, she definitely want Lara to be single as she is, but had to put up some shows to cover up. Now she could no longer pretend to be that ‘caring friend’, she was now a jealous friend. She sure is going to help Funke to make sure Lara is out of that house.
She nodded as she thought. She picked her cellphone.
Deji: “Hello Veejay?” she said.
Deji: “Are you in town?” she listened for a while.
Deji: “okay, I’m coming over” she ended the call.
Deji: “I’m sorry Lara…Deji aren’t a true friend!” she whispered driving off.
…. Stay tuned to Episode 21