Eliz and Daniella
Somewhere in Texas, U.S, Eliz and her daughter, Daniella sat at the dinner table. It was 7:40pm in the evening. Just as they were about to start eating, the door bell rang.
“Oh crap!” Eliz nearly screamed, “I don’t want a visitor right now!”
“Why mom?” Daniella asked innocently.
” ‘Cause I’m so tired, would faint if I don’t hit the bed right after dinner.” The bell rang again. “Who the hell could that be?” she said in a whisper as she moved to the door.
“Who is it?” she barked, her annoyance reflecting in her voice.
“It’s Helena,” came the voice from outside.
“What? I can’t believe this, Helena?” shouted Eliz.
“Oh yeah, silly girl, open this fucking door, I’m freezing out here!” she yelled.
Eliz opened the door and there stood her childhood friend and close confidant. “Oh my God! When did you arrive? How did you get my address? I don’t believe this, what a surprise!” Eliz kept ranting on as she hugged tightly her friend of over twenty-five years. They were so happy to see each other again for the first time since Eliz left Nigeria for the US. Eliz soon forgot about her tiredness.
She called out to Daniella to come and say hello.
“Oh my God! My baby is now a big girl,” Helena exclaimed.
“It’s been a long time, you know,” Eliz replied. “But how come you didn’t tell me you were coming? How and where did you get my address?” Eliz asked further.
“Calm down babe, won’t you even ask me to sit? Where are your manners?”
“Oh, please sit, I’m so sorry, I am just too excited. In fact come and join us on the dining table.”
“Okay dear, thank you,” Helena replied. “My coming is meant to be a surprise,” she said as they all settled down to eat.
“Wow! I am so happy to see you Helena. When exactly did you arrive?”
“Last night. I put up at Uncle Richard’s place.”
“I can’t believe this, so you have been in town since last night? If I had bumped into you today, I would have thought it was your ghost!”
They all laughed.
“So how are you doing Eliz?” Helena asked.
“I am so good and you?”
“Well, I’m doing great as you can see.”
They chatted on and on for several minutes, gossiping and gisting about different issues and people.
Daniella soon slept off in Helena’s arms where she had curled up earlier.
“So, how long are you gonna stay in Texas?” Eliz asked after she had taken Daniella to her room and settled back on the couch with her friend.
“In two months from now, I would have been back to Naija oh. Abeg, no place like home. I wonder how you people survive in a place where local delicacies are such a luxury to afford and where cold can kill person.
See ehn … eba , fufu and ogbono soup are very important in my own life oo.”
“Silly girl.” Eliz laughed.
“Back to sender,” Helena replied giggling.
“Eeenh, Eliz,” Helena called out suddenly. “What are your plans babe, is your decision to leave Michael final? Won’t you have a rethink?”
Eliz immediately went sober. “I don’t want to go back to him, he’s such a cheat and a liar, I regret ever marrying him in the first place.”
“But why don’t you at least let him know what he did wrong, the reason why you left him?” Helena interrupted her.
“Well, I decided to let sleeping dogs lie since I have my own secrets too you know, let us both live in our separate worlds, okay? My daughter is not complaining, neither am I. Even if Daniella insists on seeing her Dad, I can agree and arrange to do that for her once in every year. Anything asides that, I don’t want to hear.”
“But you are a cheat and a liar too, Eliz. Considering the fact that you also have your own secrets and faults, why don’t you just do this for the sake of your daughter? She needs a father figure in her life.”
“Helena, forget about it, I will never go back to him, and that is final okay? Let’s talk about something else.”
“Alright babe, it is your life, you have a right to your own decisions. I was only bothered about your loneliness, it’s not too good for a woman of your age. You are in your early thirties babe, how are you coping with your body’s sexual demands? I hope you haven’t been going out with different men?”
“Me? God forbid!” Eliz replied, “you know I can be really choosy when it comes to men, I don’t even have their time here at all. There are vibrators in the market, I already bought one for myself and I make use of it whenever my body is on fire.”
“Chai, baaaad girl. You are really a bad girl and I hate you for that,” Helena replied.
“I hate you too, Eliz said, “the feeling is mutual.”
They both burst out laughing as they made their way to the bedroom to retire for the night.
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