Nora’s Cousin: ‘’anyway relax bro, I’m not here to fight you, rather I’m here to discuss things with you’’ the young lawyer suddenly added, forcing out a smile that made me relax a bit. Nevertheless I still stared at him suspiciously, wondering the type of game he was trying to play with me.
Nora’s Cousin: ‘’before I continue , you should know that Nora has no hand in this meeting. She clearly kicked against it but I had to force her into giving me your details. Nora means a lot to me. I’m much more than a cousin to her. Her problems are equally mine and I wont take it kindly with anyone hurting or causing harm to her happiness’’ he said calmly, stopping to see if his words were registering. I kept my eyes on him, not blinking even for a second.
Nora’s Cousin: ‘’I was with Nora yesterday and believe me, she is just a shadow of herself. She is suffering in silence. Her heart is totally broken, thanks to you. Seriously I’m very unhappy with you. I’m not here right now as a lawyer but as someone who wants his sister’s happiness. Why are you doing this to her?. Don’t tell me you don’t love her please. I know it’s about the new girl in your life. Yes she told me everything about Cassandra and i came to the conclusion that you probably abandoned her because you felt she doesn’t deserve a man like you. You felt her level in society doesn’t meet up to your taste?’’ he went on and on, throwing me around with his words. I never said a word until he was done.
David: ‘’you know at first I thought all you wanted to do was to threaten me but I’m happy you are matured enough to know that things don’t work that way. You see Nora and I were never in a relationship. Yes we were close to each other but as neighbors and nothing else. It was unfortunate that a night of careless abandon ended the way it did. I never denied her pregnancy. I even offered to assist but no she wont hear of it. Nora wants us to be together as a couple and nothing else, something that can never happen because I’m in love with someone else. I’m so sorry for being so plain and honest with you’’ I muttered seriously. The young lawyer stared at me silently. The look on his face clearly showed that he was disappointed with my reply.
David: ‘’Nora is a great woman, no doubt. She will make a good wife and mother but I don’t feel strongly or feel the way I feel for Cassandra towards her. You got to understand please’’ I begged desperately.
Nora’s Cousin: ‘’how are you sure the love Cassandra has for you is greater than that of Nora’s? have you tested Cassandra for once?. You see one thing we guys don’t know is that it is better to move on with a woman whose love is greater than ours than moving on with a woman whose love is way much lower than ours. Think of it bro. Think of it. Nora needs you , here is her new house address’’ he said softly, fetched a pen and a piece of paper from his pocket and wrote down Nora’s new address which he gave to me.
Nora’s Cousin: ‘’I want us to be friends and the only way it can happen is by you getting back to Nora. I have many ways to go around things but I pray this issue ends well between us’’ he said with a cold smile, shook hands with me and got up, leaving me with my imaginations.
I had great urge to drive over to Nora’s new apartment to surprise her with a visit but after thinking about it for some minutes I decided to go home instead. I just couldn’t imagine how my Cassandra was feeling after being left alone on a Sunday when we were supposed to be together.
I hurriedly drove home, forming an apology In my mind as I drove. My Cassandra was someone I couldn’t afford to hurt and I kept checking my watch as I cursed and sped home.
On getting to my compound, I spotted Cassandra in front of the gate seriously arguing with a young man whose dressing portrayed him as a rough person or should i say a rough student. The young man was on black jean trouser, black top and a black face cap, also probably in his mid twenties.
Quickly parking my car, I rushed forward to see what was happening. I drew back Cassandra and stared at her with great worry.
David: ‘’whats happening my dear?, what going on?’’ I asked but she couldn’t answer, instead nervously looked down.
Cassandra’s Boyfriend: ‘’so you are the guy huh?. You are the old man deceiving my Cassandra?’’ the young man suddenly barked, drawing out a pen-knife from his pocket as he advanced towards me murderously.
As the young man advanced towards me with a knife in his hand, I stared at him fearfully, very unsure if he was actually going to use the weapon on me or not. I really felt like a cornered rat and the last thing on my mind was running away like a scared chicken.
I bravely stood my ground while deep inside I was shaking with fear. Of course I didn’t know the guy. I didn’t know what he was capable of doing, but I couldn’t just run away from a young boy like him. Luckily Cassandra quickly came in between us and pushed the troublesome guy backwards.
Cassandra: ‘’whats wrong with you Edwin ?. you just pulled a knife for my friend. Have you gone nuts?. Do you think we can resolve this with fighting?’’ she barked at the guy who bit his lips as he exchanged glances with Cassandra and i.
Cassandra’s words kind of had a good effect on him because he instantly pocketed the knife and tried to close in on me again while Cassandra pushed him backwards.
Cassandra: ‘’seriously you are going nuts. How dare you show up here just to embarrass me?’’ she barked at the guy who really was behaving as if he was under the influence of drugs.
Cassandra’s Boyfriend: ‘’so he is the guy right? ‘’ the silly boy asked, roughly pushing Cassandra sideways as he closed in on me one more time with great strength. I really wasn’t expecting such move and so was caught unawares.
Closing in on me, he grabbed my shirt by the collar.
Cassandra’s Boyfriend: ‘’you took my girl from me because you have money right?. You will pay for this. You got to pay. I easily found you guys and that’s the same way I will easily deal with you’’ he threatened as saliva flew from his mouth and designed my face, getting me very angry.
Without warning, I hit his crouch with my right knee, sending a great wave of pain across his body. As he tried to regain his composure I gave him three supper punches on the face , sending him backwards while Cassandra screamed and held me as concerned neighbors ran towards us.
Cassandra’s Boyfriend: ‘’this isn’t over. I see you can fight old man. I’m coming back for a rematch’’ he threatened, wiped out blood from his nose and quickly disappeared down the street before my neighbors could understand what was happening.
Neighbors: ‘’’Mr David are you okay?. Who is that guy. What happened?’’ my neighbors asked curiously.
David: ‘’he is a street tout. I guess he is under the influence of drugs’’ I stammered, totally shaken and scared. The silly boy threatened he was coming back and I definitely knew if actually he was coming like he threatened that he wont be coming alone. He surely would be coming with a truck load of gangsters.
David: ‘’we got to talk’’ I seriously said to Cassandra as we headed to my apartment while she nodded in agreement.
Cassandra: ‘’my friendship with Edwin is rather a weird one. You see when I was in my 2nd year in school, I was being disturbed by a redhead cultist who wouldn’t take no for an answer. It got so bad that I was sacred of going to school because of running into him. Edwin was my neighbor. He equally belonged to a cult group, but his own group hardly terrorized anyone. I had to reach out to him for protection which he gladly offered by confronting the guy and telling him that ” I’m his girlfriend”. The guy backed out eventually and I showed my gratitude to Edwin by sharing my food most times with him. There was even the month he ate all his meals in my room but unfortunately he soon became obsessed with me and wont let me have my privacy anymore. I soon moved into another hostel but yet he wont let me be, always embarrassing my friends and stalking me. I really don’t know if he is still mentally sound. You need to see the type and size of weed these guys smoke. I’m still in shock how he found me here. I’m really ashamed and embarrassed’’ she breathed, covering her eyes with her hands while I stared at her speechlessly.
I really didn’t know what to think, nor believe. Of course I felt there were some details in the story which she didn’t share with me. But what could I do?. I still loved her. I still wanted to be with her. I still wanted to support her.
Cassandra: ‘’I’m so sorry. I think I will leave tomorrow. I don’t want him to come back and harm you. Very early tomorrow, I leave for my school’’ she added solemnly, throwing a curious look at me as she awaited my response.
….. Stay tuned for Episode 27