Saturday morning and in a matter of hours Vera
would be married to Desmond and her status
would change. She was so excited so much that
she woke me up as early as 05:00 in the
Before 07:00, the makeover crew would arrive for
their art so we had to shower and get ready for
them. As soon as I left the shower and into the
room, Vera threw a question at me.
"Dickson told me what happened yesterday. Like
seriously what came over you?"
I sighed and went straight to the dressing mirror
without​ saying a word.
"Fifi I am talking to you?"
"What was I supposed to do? He kissed me
without permission." I retorted.
"Oh yes, and you slapped him? For God's sake,
how does that appeal to you?"
"I had no choice. For real that was the only thing
I could do at that time."
"For crying out loud, Dickson is a gentleman, one
every lady would want to keep." She preached.
"Oh yeah, I know he's a gentleman that kisses a
girl without permission. That sounds cool."
"Are you kidding me? Like he jumped on you
without any green light? I know better than that.
Just gimme a break." She waved her hand in the
air in a rebuff gesture.
"Don't be like that Vera, you know I have a
boyfriend and I told him that. He ought to have
respected that."
"Really? You have a boyfriend? I don't seem to
know him." Vera jeered. "By the way, tell me you
didn't enjoy the kiss Fifi."
"What nonsense are you talking about?" I shook
my head and muttered a lie, "Stuff was so
"Huh? It's okay. You have a boyfriend, one
you've been secretive about. Now see better
and you slapped him. I only mean well for you
"Now see who's talking about secretive. Why
have you kept secret the reason for your breakup
with Collins all this while?" I snapped with rage.
"Oh I see, seems you still have your mind on
Come to think of it, why have you refused to get
over Collins? I was the one that broke up with
him and not you."
"Same way I'm the one dating my boyfriend and
not you." I turned from the mirror and shot Vera
surprise attack. "Babe, don't you think the same
Voodoo that haunted Collins away from you can
also wreck your marriage?"
I succeeded as my words struck her well. She
froze and slowly turned to look at me. "Girlfriend,
what's the matter with you? Why now? Of all the
days and times and hours, you chose now... Few
hours to my wedding? Gosh, what are you up
My words pierced through her like a spear. A
bit of remorse crept in but I didn't care..
"So tell me, what do you intend to achieve?" She
leaned backward and enquired thoughtfully. "Are
you in anyway seeing Collins? Don't tell me
you're communicating with him somehow."
I took it well. I chuckled and replied calmly, "you
are both pathetic and ridiculous at the same
Just quit already, stop being petty. How is that
possible?" I shook my head incredulously.
"Now listen baby girl, I'm just worried and
concerned about you at the same time. Just like
that your relationship with Collins snapped and
it's over, I was thinking he was the one you
would have been tieing the knot with today but
no, it's someone else. Don't you see? Something​
must be wrong. Can't you smell it?"
"Unfortunately baby girl, I'm walking the aisle
with Desmond and not Collins. And if you give
multiple chances, I'll still choose Desmond over
"Story for the gods," I jeered. "We both know you
lied. Because he now works in an oil company
huh? Tsk tsk tsk..."
"Oh come off it, I was into him before the job,
don't forget too quickly but like I said, I would
never have dated Collins even if he was the only
man alive."
I felt goose pimples. Now this was serious. This
was my time and I had to use it well. "I lowered
my tone and asked, "why? What is your issue
with Collins?"
She sighed and stood up to leave.
"Not again, not this time. This is the only one
secret that you've kept from me and I won't let
slip because after today, I'm sure you'll never
about this again.
She heaved a sigh and folded both arms. "Okay,
Collins is a sex maniac."
I angled my head in disbelief and burst into
laughter clutching at my belly as it rocked.
"What's funny?"
"Are you just selling that to me hoping I'd buy?"
"I'm not kidding Fifi, he's a lunatic. Collins is not
I stopped laughing and gathered myself. "Okay, I
get you or lemme just pretend like I do. So
because one is a sex maniac makes him a
and abnormal. Girl, you're boring."
Vera just shook her head and stood watching me
in disbelief as I returned to my seat before the
mirror. We heard a knock and she went to get it.
It was the makeover crew. While she was with
them, I began to ruminate on what she just said
about Collins being a lunatic and...Sex maniac-
that I could understand but how is that a
I smiled to myself and was about to write her off
as being petty and boring when the image of
Collins's bedroom flashed into my head. I jerked
at the thought and mistakenly knocked a bottle
fragrance to the tiled floor. The loud crash
attracted the attention of the other party in the
"Babe, are you okay?" Vera asked.
"Yeah, I'm fine. It's nothing." I ran both hands
over my head.

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