“What’s the matter?” Sandra asked taking me by surprise, I had no idea she had been listening to my phone conversation, “The matter?” I stuttered “with what?” I asked, “I couldn’t help but listen to your conversation” she confessed, “who was arrested?” She asked, “Oh! That’s what you’re asking about?” I asked trying to buy time to think of a lie to tell her; there was no way I was letting her know it was Nonso, I wasn’t even sure why he had been arrested and I couldn’t risk telling her about it. I didn’t want her thinking my boyfriend was a criminal. “yes that’s what I’m asking” she replied looking suspiciously at me”, “some people don’t just give up” I thought rolling my eyes, “it’s my Dad’s driver” I began clearing my throat, “I don’t know what is up with drivers of nowadays”,
“what did he do?” She asked curiously, I could’ve sworn I saw her ears twitch in excitement probably at the thought of hearing some hot gist; “he broke traffic rules and was arguing with law enforcement officials instead of apologising, now he’s been arrested and Dad’s car has been impounded” I lied, “that sucks!” Sandra exclaimed,”does your dad know about it?” She asked, “not yet” I replied, “he called me first”….. Few minutes after having to tell that pathetic lie I was off to the police station to rescue Nonso, I’d told Sandra to cover for me for the rest of the day as I had no plans of returning to the office even if I was able to get Nonso released before the close of work. While still on my way I called Toun, a lawyer cousin of mine to meet me at the police station just incase they insisted a lawyer had to be present to secure Nonso’s release. It was so annoying the way she kept saying “pardon?” “Sorry?” and “can you say that again?” after almost every sentence since I mentioned Nonso, I would have assumed she had an ear infection that was affecting her hearing if I didn’t know better.
By the way, ear infections are more common in children especially middle ear infections; they are usually caused by viruses or bacteria that result from infections such as flu or cold that cause congestion and swelling of the nasal passages and tubes in the ear running from the middle ear to the back of the throat. Some ear infections will resolve on their own while others may require drug treatment with antibiotics. One of the complications of having an ear infection is mild hearing loss that goes away after the infection clears, I guess you can now understand why I was almost beginning to think Toun must’ve had an ear infection till I realised the repeated “pardons?” and “sorrys?” only began after I mentioned Nonso’s name. She was pretending not to hear me properly after I mentioned his name because she obviously wasn’t willing to help and didn’t know how to refuse. Toun wasn’t very fond of Nonso, she disliked him from the moment she heard he had cheated on me, it didn’t help that Nonso’s cheating became a regular occurrence because it only made her dislike him the more. I could understand where she was coming from; being married to a man that constantly cheated on her and spent most nights away from home, she knew how I felt anytime Nonso cheated and vowed to do all she could to make sure I never made the mistake of marrying him.
It’s not like I hadn’t tried ending things with Nonso or I enjoyed being cheated on, I just hadn’t been able to find the strength to leave him for good. Each time I tried, he kept begging to have me back and did the most drastic things to win my love, in the end I always found myself entangled with him in a love web all over again. After much persuasion, I finally convinced Toun to meet me at the police station, “I promise you he has changed ” I pleaded, “he’s not the cheating Nonso you used to know” I added, but she didn’t seem to be convinced about that, “I’m only coming because of you and not that cheat you call a boyfriend” she replied, “thanks cuz”I replied blowing kisses to her over the phone, “I owe you a million.” After everything, she ended up getting to the police station before I did, she was parked and waiting by the time I got there. Relieved, I waved frantically to get her attention as I parked, she scowled at me, stepped out of her car and came over to meet me. We went in together and made our requests known to the police officer who attended to us, “hmm! That one?” the officer replied when he heard Nonso’s name, “his case is very serious, as a matter of fact his case is being handled specially by our boss” he replied, “please what did he do wrong?” I asked, “he raped a lady” he replied bluntly, “rape?” I thought, Nonso might have been capable of doing a lot of horrible things but rape was definitely not one of them. I glanced over at Toun and she gave me the “I’m not surprised look” and was about turning to leave but I held her back begging her to stay, “you have to help me”I pleaded, “please, it’s me asking for your help not Nonso”, “I will only help to secure his bail” she replied sternly, “I will not be representing him if his case goes to court” she insisted, I had no choice but to reluctantly agree to her terms.
We were ushered into a room where we were allowed a few minutes to speak with Nonso who was sitting on a chair looking very sober when we walked in, “what’s all these talk about rape?” I questioned angrily ignoring the pitiful look on his face, “please sit down” he replied motioning for us to sit on the bench in front of him, “I can explain” “You better start talking” I replied folding my arms across my chest while Toun sat, “I went to visit a friend of mine yesterday” he began, “I only went to settle a misunderstanding we were having” he said then paused, “go on talking, we don’t have much time” I urged looking at my wrist watch, “why then is he accusing you of raping his girlfriend?” I questioned jumping into conclusions, “it’s a female friend” he stammered, “really?” I said raising an eyebrow, “do I know her?”, “yes” he replied looking away. It was obvious he had done something wrong, especially when he looked away, “Who is she?” I demanded waiting to hear a need name, this time he paused for an even longer time, making me even more nervous, “who is she?” I repeated,
“it’s Nancy!” he confessed burying his head in his palms in shame. My heart sunk on hearing that name again, I instantly felt a wave of depression come over me; I was weak, my legs became wobbly. I leaned against the wall for support. I couldn’t believe I had come all the way to rescue him only to find out he had attempted getting back with Nancy again barely 3 days after we returned. My head was banging, I was confused, I didn’t know what to think…..