An hour later, I found myself lying naked in my bed beside Nonso who was fast asleep with his hands tightly wrapped around me, I had fallen into his trap once again. I still could not understand how one man could have so much power over me; why did I find it so difficult to say “no” to him when it mattered the most?
I lay there staring at him sleeping peacefully for a good 60 seconds, then scenes from the video with his ex came flashing through my mind making me angry once again; I didn’t even realise when my palm landed flat on his face giving him a slap that was loud enough to wake the dead, “Chineke!” He shouted jumping up immediately and holding his face in both palms and looking left and right as if trying to find the evil spirit that was responsible for such rude awakening.
I struggled not to laugh as I began talking, “who said you could stay the night?” I asked giving him the best angry face I could come up with, from the expression on his face, I could tell he was a still a little confused, “are you out of your mind?” he asked looking up at the clock, “it’s past 2am already, what’s this about?”,
“It’s about learning to sleep in your own house at night” I replied rolling my eyes, “you don’t expect me to go home now, do you? It’s late already” he replied looking puzzled, “well it’s better late than never” I said getting up and picking his clothes from the floor, “there’s no way I’m sleeping in the same room with you this night”….
Within the next 30minutes I had successfully thrown Nonso and his clothes out of my apartment, I guess the voodoo he used to lure me to bed had worn off. I didn’t care if he spent the night on the floor outside,as far I was concerned it was part of the long list of punishments I had planned out for him for recording his shameless acts on camera.
Normally, I’d never have gotten away with any of these stunts I’d been pulling but Nonso was trying to make up for his wrong doings and I was maximising every bit of it to pour out my anger on him.
Later that day in the office, at lunch time, the doorman came to inform me that I had a delivery waiting for me outside, I told him he must be mistaken because I didn’t remember ordering any pizza but he insisted it wasn’t pizza and the delivery man asked for me specifically and wouldn’t let him sign for the delivery; I grudgingly stopped what I was doing and followed him. When I got outside the delivery man confirmed my identity and handed me a bunch of fresh red roses with a small card attached to it and an envelope; I opened the card and it simply read, “I’m sorry! Please forgive me”, I smiled and thanked the delivery man before walking back to my desk, this was one of the things I loved about Nonso, I was a hopeless romantic and he knew just how to win my heart. “Wow! these are lovely!” my colleague Sandra said grabbing the roses from me and sniffing them, “new toaster I guess?” She asked with a mischievous smile on her face, “it’s from my boyfriend” I said quickly hiding the small “I’m sorry” card behind the envelope I was holding, “awh! He’s so sweet!” She said still sniffing the roses, one would think she had sinusitis with the way she dug her nose into the roses and was still sniffing, “wish my husband would surprise me at work like this too, you’re so lucky” she said, “I know I am” I nodded with a smile in agreement, if only she knew the real reason I was getting those roses, she would’ve been more appreciative of her husband.
Just realised I mentioned the word sinusitis without explaining what it was, pardon me! it’s a really bad habit I have, I just assume everyone can read my mind and figure out what I’m trying to say. Sinusitis is a condition in which the lining of the air-filled spaces behind the cheek bones and forehead that connect with the nasal cavity become infected usually by a virus causing symptoms such as blocked nose, reduced sense of smell, headaches, fever and bad breath; it usually resolves spontaneously within 3 weeks.
Sandra took it upon herself to look for an empty bottle to fill with water so she could place the roses in them while I sat down and opened the envelope that the delivery man had given to me to see what was inside; my mouth dropped open in shock when I saw the contents of the envelope, it was a printed hotel and ticket reservations slip for two with a note that said “take a trip with me to Calabar and let’s explore the cattle ranch together.” Like I said before, Nonso knew just what to do to get me caught up in his web and as usual he had just hit the jackpot.
If you’re wondering if I’m going to accept the offer, the answer is “hell yeah!”, there’s no way I’m saying no to an all expense paid trip even if it’s just to the island and back.
Of course, when Nonso called me later on, I played it cool and acted like I could care less about his efforts to atone for his sins against me, I told him I’d check my schedule and let him know later if I was free to make the trip. Don’t judge me please, isn’t a girl allowed to play hard to get anymore?
I struggled to focus at work, the rest of the day, I’d been floating on cloud 9 till my boss called for an emergency meeting to discuss ideas for a new documentary series with a client that had just hired us.
“Settle down please, our clients will be arriving any moment now” he announced as all members of the team fixed themselves in their respective positions on the seats surrounding the boardroom table, “our clients will be doing a short presentation to introduce their brand and give us an idea of the kind of documentary they want while our job will be to execute” he continued. I was getting excited already, our last shoot was over two months ago and for a movie director like me, that was a long time to be away from a movie set.
“Sonia” he said, turning to face me, “you will be working closely with our client’s content developer for the next 4 weeks” he informed just before a lady dressed in a grey skirt suit with a cream coloured camisole to match walked in,
“Oh! Here she comes” he announced with a big grin on his face, “talk of the devil! Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my pleasure to introduce to you Miss Nancy Bello” he said pointing to the lady that walked in as everyone paid close attention.
I stared in confusion as my boss went on with the introductions, it seemed as though my eyes were playing tricks on me, the lady that stood before us looked so familiar like someone I had seen before. All of a sudden, it struck me, I suddenly remembered where I had seen her, how could I have forgotten so soon? My mood changed immediately, I could feel my chest burning in anger, standing right there next to my boss was the lady in the video, Nonso’s ex…..