Bukayo: “Oops! Forgive my manners. I am sorry. I never knew you had a visitor” She apologised and left.
Wendy: “Who was that?” she asked, feeling irritated.
Matilda: “My neighbour. She is a student staying next door.
Wendy: “Okay. But be careful in this country. No one is trust worthy. We don’t know who is who” she advised her to be precautious.
Matilda: “I know her. She is a student. In fact, I have followed her to her school once, when I just arrived and you were away. She was really helpful. She kept me company” she said assuredly.
Wendy: “I need to ship some consignments to Taiwan through a Lebanese, but, I will not be around at the time the man will be leaving. And you are the only one I can confide in. because the goods is worth thousands of dollars when sold. So, that is why I am here.” she said.
Matilda: “Oh that is not a problem. Let me have it. But, wait, what is in it?” she asked as Wendy dipped her hand into her Michael Kors’ designer bag to bring out the wares.
Wendy: “it is gold. I need to sell it, because I heard it has really appreciated this season, especially in Taiwan. So, that is why I want to see it off. I have more than I need in my chest, so, no need keeping what you don’t really need if it will fetch you some bucks.
Matilda: “okay, no problem. But, why can’t you give it to the man yourself since you know him well and he is your client? She asked looking bewildered.
Wendy: “I thought I just told you I won’t be around when the man will set to leave? And I don’t want to give him now, so that he will not misplace it. Why all these probes nah?”
Matilda: “No vex, I don forget. No worries, I will deliver your message. But how do I get to the man?
Wendy: that is not an issue. I will give you his number, but before then, I will call him to let him know you are the one coming with the goods.
Matilda: “okay” she stretched forth her hand to collect the neatly sealed brown envelope. “It is heavy”
Wendy: “What do you expect? It is gold now” she asked rhetorically.
Mariama’s ex-husband- a British descent arrived in the country to see his children. His ex-wife invited him into her house for lunch.
Maariama: “How was your journey Will?”
William: “Great! Thanks.”
There was a few minutes of silence between the estranged couple as they stared into each other’s faces. The silence spoke a thousand words.
Mariama: “Okay, if I may ask what brought you to The Gambia, and my house again?” she broke the silence.
William: “I thought we had finalised the discussion.
Mariama:” what discussion did Mr Scott have with Ms Senghor? We discussed so many things, I can’t recall which one in particular” She asked, raising her jaw up.
William: “Mariama, I did not leave the whole of England for a probe or jamboree in Africa. I want to see my kids. It has been a while. At least I am entitled access to my kids.
Mariama: “Hahahahaa” she laughed hysterically, clapping her palms. “You are kidding right?” she asked, still laughing.
William: “I am serious, and I will take up the necessary actions if the need arises, should you deny me access to my kids.
Mariama: “Exactly! I want you to act. I love actions. You have no idea whom you are dealing with. My kids are not following you to your country. Because, I know your plans. This is a strategy you want to use to woo the kids to your side, but I won’t condone that.
William: “I know what to do. I will get a lawyer, because you are not keeping to the rules.
Mariama: “what rules if I may ask, Will?”
William: “To see my kids anytime I want to.
Mariama: “That rule is not applicable no more. So, you can always go back to England.
William: “Oh, I can see you have not changed. You are still into your dirty acts?” He asked rhetorically, as he moved towards an ashtray filled with cigarette butts.
A lady came into the house in the middle of the two’s conversation.
Mariama: “hey Rougi, welcome. How are you?” she ushered her in and pecked her on her forehead.
Rougi: “Thanks for the love, Mariama. You are always looking beautiful and radiant. Ever young/1
Mariama: “you can say that again. I am flattered”
Rougi: “oh, forgive me, is this your ex-husband?” she asked in Wolof.
Mariama: “yes” she replied, feigning a smile as he looked in William’s direction.
Rougi: “oh, I see. Good day, Mr”.
William: “Good day! How do you do?
Mariama: “okay, can we see in the room, Rougi? Excuse me, Will. Will be right back”. She left the room, with her guest, while William assessed the room from his position.
William: “So, this bitch is still into this dirty deals?” he soliloquised, and cursed her under his breath. “I am here for you”.
Matilda was in bed feeling sick one afternoon, when her sister called to know how she’s faring, since it had been a while they heard from her.
Matilda: “how far Mercy? How you dey?
Mercy: “we dey fine o sister. All of us dey miss you for here. Mama don dey go out small small sef. We thank God, things don dey go back to normal
Matilda: “okay, thanks to God for that. Any news?
Mercy: “Nothing o sister, except if you wan send money give me” She chuckled.
Matilda: “see im mouth, you too like money.
Mercy: “Yes you, who no like money? You no like money n aim make you commot for Nigeria go obodo Oyinbo
Matilda: “I don tell una, sey here no be obodo Oyinbo, na still Africa I dey. If mama no understand, you too dey follow her call here obodo Oyinbo? She corrected her mistake.
Mercy: “okay, I don hear. But make I tell you something before my credit finish, Uncle come house with him two-left legged wife o. He come threaten mama sey make she release the document of Papa land wey dey Ota for am”
Matilda: “E be like say that man dey craze?
Mercy: “sister, no be small craze o. Even Yaba Left no fit contain e madness.
Martilda: “Whetin he wan again? After he don collect all the best thing wey we suppose dey enjoy. E wan wreck us finish? Man wicked o. all him pikin dey go better school, one dey abroad, that one no do am, na the little thing wey we dey hope on, e wan come collect?
Mwercy: “Na so the man be. Devil incarnate. He just wicked.
Matilda: “See tell mama not to release anything for him o.
Mercy: “Before? You no trust your mother? Sister, we go talk later. My credit go soon finish.
Matilda: “okay, later. Greet mama and Marcus.” Mercy hung the call at the other end.
She bit her finger and cursed her uncle who had done a lot of ruin in her family for maltreating his late brother’s family.
“The man sef no fit. This time around, we go fight am to finish?” she said, as se held her forehead. And headed to Bukayo’s flat.
Matilda: “Bukky” she knocked on her door
Bukayo: “Hello! How are you? Come on in.
Matilda sat down on the wooden chair before a reading table in one angle of the room. She picked up a book and dropped it after flipping through the pages.
Bukayo: “Hey. What’s up” she called her attention as the sight of picked up another book.
Matilda: “Yes, I came to ask if you have pills that I can take for my headache”
Bukayo: “Is anything the matter? Are you okay?” she asked, touching her forehead to feel her temperature.
Matidla: “Of course not.” She answered, opening her eyes wide.
Bukayo: “So, what is the headache about?
Matilda: “I have been feeling sick for some days now. I thought it was just a minor headache, but it has been persistent for some days now, and becoming unbearable for me.
Bukayo: “If it has been persistent, then you need no analgesics. Go for a check- up. Don’t rely on self- medication”. She advised.
Matilda: “hmmm, so what do I do now?” she asked, looking up.
Bukayo: “if you don’t mind, we can go to the lab for a test.
Matilda: “I don’t’ mind, but, how do I get there? You know I am yet to know this place fully? She aid, rolling her eyes.
Bukayo: “no worries. I will help you out.
Bukayo sat with Matilda at the laboratory reception awaiting the medical laboratory scientist to come out with the result. She held her hand tightly and squeezed it into hers.
Bukayo: “calm down. It is going to be fine. Why are you trembling or afraid by the way?” she asked, as her finger were stone cold.
Matilda: “nothing. I am just feeling feverish” she lied in order to brush the question aside.
The laboratory scientist came out few hours after the test had been conducted to hand Matilda the result.
Bukayo: “here he comes. We shall know what next to do soon” she said as she spotted the lab attendant.
Matilda: “okay, how was it?” she asked as the lab attendant walked up to them.
Lab Attendant: “here is the result”
Matilda: “Okay, thanks. Can we go?” she turned to Bukayo.
Bukayo: “Hold on. Let’s check the result before we leave so we can know what to do next.” She held her back.
Matilda: “I don’t seem to understand the jargons here.” she raised her head up facing Bukayo with a puzzled look. “Which one is HPV?” she asked looking bewildered.
Question: Hmmmm, what could the test result have shown that puzzled Matilda?
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