Episode 14:Tumbler

Love is tougher than alcohol, even a single drop can intoxicate it's victim. Love is blind, it does not matter how strong its victim might be, (s)he must fall. I wish I knew where love lives, maybe I would have threatened it or bribed it so that I would not be its victim.

I turned deaf ears to mother's call. I began to love Joshua more each day. I spent more time with him and even promoted him at work. I made him the general manager of the new branch in order for him to have enough to spend, invest and save so that he can become a great man, a man fit enough to be a TUMBLER.

Mother and Carolina advised me to slow things down a little, that I was moving too fast. They said I did not even know if the young man  loves me or want me. Carolina tried to remind me of how tricky an hungry man could be. Mother even told me her experience with such gold diggers but all those stories did not add up. Joshua was devoted to God's work. He was even ordained as a minister in the sanctuary. His life was an epitome of a good husband. I did not want to lose the golden chance of getting married to him. I distanced myself from Carolina, since she was married already. I also stop tell mother anything about my relationship life. I only told her Joshua and I were friends and he was also my employee.

That went on for almost two years, by then I was already 26years. Though, I was wealthy and influential but I was not happy. People's expectations on marriage overwhelmed me. Even that made me desired to make Joshua the lucky man. I invited Joshua to one of TUMBLER'S welcome party in order to show mother how far Joshua had gone. A welcome party was always being organized by the family to welcome any son or daughter of the TUMBLER'S family coming back home from abroad.
Desiri was my Uncle's Chidera's daughter. Uncle Chidera was the owner of a famous cocoa factory in the western part of Nigeria. He was my father's younger brother and he has been a father to me since my father died. He is a wealthy man with a happy family. Desiri was the only daughter she had. He sent Desiri abroad to study medicine immediately after her secondary level. Desiri was fond of me when she was in Nigeria and we never stopped communicating when she left. She was only 20years old when she became a medical doctor. She came back to Nigeria to practice her profession because she had passion for saving souls and she wanted to start from her dear country. I was happy to see her fulfilling her dreams.

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