Chioma arrived about thirty minutes later and was be yo ng shocked to see Gold in such situation.
“I can’t believe you could do this Gold. Now look at what you’ve done to yourself. What do we do now,” Chioma lamented.
“She said she have to be taken to the native doctor. She said he’s Baba Jeje,” Amanda said.
“How are my going find where he is, we should take her to a church,” Chioma said with tears in her eyes.
“I don’t think. We should do what she said,” Amanda said.
“Ah I wonder where my son and my grandmother went to?” Lady Monica said.
“We can’t wait till tomorrow, she might get worse,” Amanda said.
Lady Monica looked at her. “So are you saying you are going with her to the native doctor?”
“I..I” Amanda was but short by Lady Monica.
“You are going no where.” she said and turned to Chioma, “Biko, take her away from here. I’m sure you will find a way of taking her to wherever she mentioned. Oya bia k’igawa – right, it’s time you start leaving.”
With the help of of Peter and Amanda, Chioma was able to get Gold into her car meanwhile she had made a call to Henry, breaking this news to him.
“You are part of this Henry. Come quickly to her house. You are going with us to the native doctor she mentioned,” she had told him.
“Ma’am… I feel like I should have gone with them,” Amanda said after Chioma drove out.
“No no my daughter. You can’t get involved with such evil. Let them carry it and solve it alone. Come come inside, we need to clean up that room. I’m calling Desmond but he’s not picking up,” Lady Monica said.
“Don’t worry Ma’am, he’s with Odeya, nothing would go wrong,” Amanda said.
“Ohh really, you know what, I believe you Amanda. And please from now onwards, I want to hear you call me mother and not ma’am, OK?” Lady Monica said.
Amanda raised her brow “Ma?”
Lady Monica exhaled. “I’m so happy this didn’t go deep. My poor son, he must be so sad. That little witch. If not for God, I would have cursed her to remain mad, for using my son. My only child.”
Amanda sighed. “It’s okay ma’am.. Sorry mother.”
“Hia, wonders shall never end.. Wetin I.k no go see for this city where he dey. As day break like this, na so so tori wet fit block ears, na wetin pesin dey hear. Tufiakwaa.. I said it.. I said it. That oyibo bleach na witch. Chai..” I.k soliloquize from his quarters.
Two hours later, Chioma and Henry embarked on the journey to Baba Jeje by asking few people his address.
On their way, Henry’s phone rang. It was Desmond, his boss and friend.
Henry was scared.
“Desmond is calling.. I have a bad feeling about this,” he said to Chioma.
Gold was laughing and muttering to herself at the backseat. She was chained on her hands and legs.
“What are you going to do, pick it?” Chioma asked.
“What else.. I have no other choice,” he said and use an earphone since he’s driving.
“H..Hello Director,” he stuttered.
“If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have met her.” Desmond said in a very calm tone that made Henry relief a bit.
“I’m very sorry Desmond. I had no idea she was such a person. My sister had no idea too. We are shocked and speechless. We are currently on our way to the place she mentioned us to take her to, before it get worse. Please Desmond, you have to find it a place in your heart to forgive all of us. I thought Gold wa-” he was cut short by Desmond’s bombshell.
“You are fired Henry. You will get your sack letter on Monday,” he said in the same voice.
Henry gasped. “What.. Desmond.”
The call dropped.
“What is that? You look more than shook. What did he tell you?” Chioma asked.
Henry removed the earpiece from his ear. “He fired me,” he said.
“What!” Chioma exclaimed.
Both Dad and Daughter sat at the seashore, staring at the beach water.
The sun was setting and the sight of the water was just too beautiful.
“..it’s beautiful but more beautiful in the early morning when the sun rises,” Odeya said.
“How do you know that?” Desmond asked as he held his daughters hand.
“I watch that in movies alot. People go to the sea to watch the sun rise,” odeya said.
Desmond smiled. “You know so much Deya.”
“Dad,” Deya called.
“Did you really have to fire him?” Deya asked.
Desmond sighed. “Yes.” he said then stood up, “Let’s talk a walk again. You want Porks don’t you?” he pulled Odeya up.
“Of course dad, I do.” Deya said with a smile.
“Let’s go then.” Holding her hand, they headed towards the barbeque.
They had no idea a spy had been following them.
“I wish Nanny and mom are here too,” Odeya said.
“You are not leaving today right ma’am?” Amanda asked.
They were done with cleaning the house and now, sat in the sitting room.
“Of course, I’m not. I will leave tomorrow morning. I think now is the time for you to do your job,” Lady Monica said.
“My job, I don’t get ma’am?” Amanda said.
“You this girl! I thought I told you to call me mother now,” Lady Monica said.
“I’m sorry ma..I mean mother.” Amanda said.
“Ah I understand. Having two mother can be confusing right. That reminds me, have you spoken with your mother today or yesterday?” Lady M asked.
“Oh she called me yesterday night but I just forget to call her back,” Amanda said. Truthfully she forgot.
“I’m sure she was trying to tell you about my visit,” Lady M said.
“You communicate with my mother?” Amanda asked, curious.
Lady M smiled. “Yes we do. All the time.”
Amanda was surprised? Why does she talk with her mother? What do they talk about? Did she know her mother?
“You see Amanda, there’s something I want to let you know. I don’t know how you are going to feel but I just have to tell you.” Lady M said and took Amanda hands.
“What’s that?” Amanda asked.
“I and your mother planned this. When I met your mother few weeks ago, I told her that I want you and my son to be together but my son is the hard type. His heart got broken by the woman he gave his all to. I was scared because he told me he’s never going to get married again. Because I wanted him to get married to you, I told your mother about the nanny work. I hoped that you’d come in here and in someway get my son’s heart. I never thought of revealing the truth to you but I think I have to now.”
Amanda was shocked. She couldn’t believe it.
“Ma’am how could you think of such a thing? No wonder my mother was always talking about being at my best behavior and the rest. I know my mother want me to get married but I was surprised at her strange behavior recently. I’m astonished and can’t believe this.”
“I know you will be angered by this please you can’t go away now. This is the time my son would need someone beside him. That girl wanted to mess him up.”
“And you think I will be the one to help him get himself? Ma’am, to him, I’m just a nanny here to take care of his daughter. He doesn’t even look at me nor notice my presence. He doesn’t let me take care of any of his thing like cleaning his room, making meals for him and washing his clothes. He just want me focusing only on Odeya.
How do you think I’m going to get close to such person? You shouldn’t have even thought of such idea. A rich boss and a poor nanny can’t get any close and fall in love. Those things only happen in movies.” Amanda said, totally angered.
“I’m sorry dear. Maybe I should have thought of a better idea. I thought this was going to work since it happens a lot in the movies.” Lady M siged then looked at her closely. “..but Odeya is fond of you now.. That is a step. With Odeya by your side, he will notice you and you won’t believe how hard he will fall for you.”
“Don’t say that ma. You should ask me if I even want him to.” Amanda said.
“Of course you do.” Lady M said with a smile.
“What?” Amanda raised her brows at her.
“You like him, don’t you? I saw it in your eyes while we were eating at the dinning. You kept looking at him and at the kitchen when that witch accused you and he said those words to you, I saw how bad you felt that he didn’t believe you. You like him, right?”
Amanda faced down with embarrassment. She wondered how the old woman got to know about it. Does it mean Odeya’s sensitivity and smartness is genetic?
Lady M smiled as she noticed how uneasy she became.
“It’s okay if you don’t want to admit it to me but please if you like him, don’t let him go. I’m his mother and I want you both together. I will be the happiest mother in law on earth if that happens.”
“There’s no possibility for that ma. Odeya talk about her mother all the time. She even asked me to help her bring back her dad and mom together again. She likes me, yes but told me that she can’t have another mother. That was what she told me. She found out that I like her dad and she told me to quit because she won’t have another mother. She was so angered when Gold came in..” Amanda said.
Lady Monica exhaled. “That little girl. Now I’m thinking she should go back to that mother of hers. After her father tried so hard and wasted so much money to claim her and bring her to Nigeria just to distance her from that stupid mother of hers, she still talk about her ehn. Children of nowadays.”
“Ma don’t say that. She’s just a little girl and have no idea. She just want to be like every other kids who’s parents are together. So she don’t Care if whatever her mother is,” Amanda said.
“So are you going to do as she said? Help her bring her dad and mom together? Do you and if you want to, how? It’d be better than taking her back to her mother than Desmond getting back with that Vanessa. I can’t let that happen,” Lady Monica said.
“I didn’t give her a hope of that. I tried explaining to her that her dad only want the best for her but she think he did the worse thing to her by separating her and her mother,” Amanda said.
“Then she’ll have to go back to her mother or stay back and don’t tell my son what to do,” Lady Monica said.
“She’s just a kid ma, don’t get hard on her,” Amanda said.
“A five years old kid won’t talk that way. She’s not a kid,” Lady M said. Amanda sighed.
Silence followed as Amanda’s thought went back to what Lady M told her.
Her coming her was a plan between Lady Monica and her mother to get Desmond and her together.
What did they thought would happen between them and make them fall in love someway. How could her mother even agree to such and hid it from her?
Of course, she have to talk with her mother but that would be later.
This is too funny to even think of.
What is she going to do about this? It seems Lady Monica really want this..
She’s about to go crazy thinking about it.
No wonder Lady Monica who wanted her son to marry so badly met Gold and got irritated.
Does this means Desmond and her is meant to be?
Amanda stood “Excuse me ma,” She said and hurried upstairs.
‘No,’ she shook her head. His mother isn’t God or Fate. Only God and Fate knows who and who are meant to be together. His mother might want them becoming lovers but what if it isn’t their fate to be together or is it?
What if it is?
She collapsed on her bed immediately she entered her room.
“Ah I’m going crazy thinking about this thing. What do I do? I’m tearing up.. This is too saddening and exciting at the same time,” she said.
She was happy that Gold’s page is closed now even though it had to close with such tragedy.
Now Odeya would be happy and she herself won’t have to worry about some lady with Desmond.
She got really jealous this few days.
“Thinking about it now, I just want to love him more since his mother really want that but Odeya is my only problem. She don’t want another lady being with her daddy. Ahh what should I do.. I almost stopped liking him but now.. I’m even wanting to like him more.”
She kicked her legs on the bed in frustration.
“I need a drink.” she breathed out.
It was time to go back home. Desmond helped his daughter into the car.
“I wonder if grandmother left since you refused picking her calls.” Odeya said.
Desmond started the car and drove out of the beach.
“She can’t leave. I have two people to apologize to at home. Her and your nanny.” Desmond said.
Odeya nodded. “Yes that’s right especially my nanny.”
“Hello, I’ve emailed all that I got today. Check them,” Rock said to the receiver.
“I’m going through them right now. You say the lady in the car was the Gold Benson and she was insane?” Vanessa asked.
“Yes. I got talking with the gateman for few minutes and he seem like a loud mouth and told me she charmed your ex husband but got discovered today and went insane. That’s all he told me. I think your ex husband was damn sad and took your daughter to the beach to think. But I’m curious, do you want him back?” Rock asked.
“I only want my daughter. I have nothing to do with him,” Vanessa said.
“There’s something else I found. I think your daughter is really fond of her nanny. They went to the supermarket together in the morning.” Rock said.
“That’s surprising tho. My daughter hates going to the supermarket. My daughter can never get fond of a nanny. I think they are subjecting her to do so. I have to come and get my daughter as fast as possible,” Vanessa said.
“Alright. That’s all for today.” Rock said.
“Your balance will be ready tomorrow morning. You can stop spying from tomorrow. I’ve gotten the information that I need. My daughter still want me and I’m coming to get her,” Vanessa said.
“Bye,” Rock said and ended the call.
“Job done.” he said and sped off.
[Canada🇨🇦, at Vanessa’s residence]
Vanessa took a sip of the wine and smiled.
“Why would I want him back? My Odeya is all that I want. He thought he took her away from me?” she scoffed. “..I will let him know that Odeya would choose me a hundred times. I am her mother and my daughter can never be taken away from me.”
The door opened and a black man in his late thirties walked in dressed in suit and held a briefcase.
“Baby,” he called and went to give her a kiss but she pushed him away.
“Get away from me, where are you coming from Steve?” she questioned.
Steve headed to the wardrobe, “You should know that. Work of course.”
Vanessa chuckled. “Of course, you work at a restaurant now right, and your work is to sit down and talk with a lady, drink with her and of course cheat around with her.”
Steve turned to her and laughed. “Wait, did you hire someone to spy on me baby? Not to worry OK, she’s just a client.”
“You cheat and liar! Shut the fuck up!” Vanessa yelled and threw the wine glass on him.
“Oh my God.. baby, this is one of my three favorite suits. You should control your anger sometimes. I’m getting sick and tired of that. Why getting worked up like I’m the only one cheating here. Oh this reeks.” Steve said and walked out.
Vanessa dialed on the landline and made a call to the maids.
“One of you should get yourself here and clean up this mess,” she said and dropped back the telecom.
[Back to Nigeria🇳🇬, at Desmond’s Residence]
“Oh you are back, welcome. I kept calling but you didn’t pick up your calls. I made dinner, come over to the dinning,” Lady Monica said as Desmond and Odeya entered the house.
“Grandmother, what did you cook and what of my nanny?” Odeya asked.
“I made tea and toasted bread, and about your nanny. She’s been sleeping and I decided not to wake her up. She must be very tired,” Lady M said.
“Oh okay.. Dad has something to tell you,” Odeya said and ran to the dinning.
Lady M smiled at her son. “What’s that son? If it’s about what happened today, you should try and get over it okay. You should also forgive Gold.” she said to him.
“Mom, I want to apologize to you. I shouldn’t have doubted you. I’m sorry mom,” Desmond said.
Lady Monica hugged him. “It’s okay son. I’m happy it wasn’t too late. You don’t need to apologize to me. I should be the one to apologize for getting you into this, I’m sorry son. Forgive your mother.”
“It’s okay mom, I forgive you just like you forgive me.” Desmond said.
They withdrew and Lady Monica smiled. “You should come and have your dinner.”
“What about Gold?” he asked.
“Her friend took her away. If there’s a way we can help her, we will. She must have learnt her lesson,” Lady Monica said.
Desmond breathed out and glanced upstairs.
He has to apologize to Amanda too.
After the meal, Lady Monica took care of Odeya to bed.
“Grandmother you have to tell me a folktale. My nanny does that every night,” Odeya said.
“Really? She must have told you all the folktales then,” lady Monica said.
“No! she said there are hundreds of African folktales.” Odeya said.
“Uhm then have she told you about Tortoise and the palm tree?” Lady Monica asked.
“No, she haven’t,” Odeya said, excited.
Lady Monica smiled.
It was past eleven when Amanda woke up from her deep sleep due to the alcohol she took.
She struggled her body out of the bed and went into the bathroom to ease herself and wash her face.
“Gosh.. I drank so much. Finally, I had a reason to take those beers that had been in my bag for days.” she said as she washed her face.
After that she walked out and felt heavily hungry. She checked the time and gasped when she saw it was “11:50pm”
“Everyone must have gone to bed” She said and walked out. She walked to Odeya’s room door, opened it and saw her sleeping with Lady Monica sleeping beside her.
“Lady Monica did my work. How do I explain to her that I got drunk..” she sighed, closed the door and when she got to Desmond’s, she felt like opening it to see if he’s in.
“I can’t do that.” she said and walked away.
Getting downstairs, the sitting room was only a bit bright due to the one blue bulb that was on.
Amanda with thoughts that no one was there, headed to the switch to switch on the other lights.
“Don’t switch them on,” A voice that sounded like Desmond’s own said causing Amanda to flinch with fear.
“Sir..are you the one?” she asked and turned to the direction the voice same from. She saw him.
He sat on the floor with his back resting on the couch. In front of him were cans of alcohol.
“Where are you going to?” he asked in a drunken voice.
“I..I’m going to the kitchen,” Amanda answered.
She had never seen him drunk.
He must have been thinking about Gold and the mess she caused.
“Don’t go anywhere. Come here and have a drink.” he said.
Amanda raised her brow.
Have a drink? She drank four bottles hours ago and just woke up from it’s effect. How can he tell her to have a drink. He is really drunk.
He looked at her and she looked down. “I..don’t think I want to drink sir. I’d rather eat,” Amanda said.
He smiled and dropped the empty can he held, taking another can.
“Are you refusing to drink with me huh? I’m I really such a mess that you can’t even take my offer? Have you packed up to leave?” he asked.
Amanda shook her head, “no sir” and before she knew it, she was standing before him.
Desmond hit beside him. “Sit here. I have something to tell you,” he said.
Amanda looked at the floor. How can she sit that close to him?
Her heart began beating.
“Aren’t you going to sit?” he asked.
She immediately sat down but a little bit away.
Desmond stretched the drink to her. She collected it. He took another, opened it and gulped.
Amanda held hers with her two hands and didn’t know what to do.
Sitting beside him is causing her heart to beat so loud that she can even hear it.
“Aren’t you going to drink?” he asked.
He reeked of alcohol and had gotten so drunk. She knew he wouldn’t tell her to sit here if he wasn’t.
Amanda immediately took a sip.
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