“I STILL LOVE TONYE” (3) SHORT STORY
In the last episode of this series, Tonye had come to Obinna’s apartment to apologise for her earlier hostility upon seeing him and Enobong, a fellow corps member and lodge mate. Obinna was about to cook jollof rice and Don, another colleague, had indicated his interest in the meal. Let’s see what happens next. There was a hint of a huge row at the end of that previous episode. What could trigger such and where does it leave the couple?
“I STILL LOVE TONYE” (3)
Unfortunately for Don, some unexpected fireworks between Obinna and Tonye halted the meal preparation. This is how it happened:
Obinna had immediately begun to prepare the ingredients for cooking the jollof rice. Tonye helped with removing the bones from the dried fish, soaking the broken pieces of the fish in hot water and making small conversation in the process. They were so comfortable and happy together, like an old couple cooking in their own home.
Obinna sliced the onions, blended the fresh pepper and tomatoes. Meanwhile, he had washed and was parboiling the rice. When he was about to wash the blanched rice, Tonye offered to help. Obinna, feeling that she wanted to take over the cooking from that point, declined.
“Why don’t you watch something on TV?” Obinna had a 17-inch, flat-screen LED TV and enjoyed communal cable TV subscription with some other lodge mates.
“Nah, I prefer to be right here with you,” Tonye replied, putting her arms around him. “You don’t know how much I’ve missed you.”
“It certainly wasn’t enough to bring you back earlier. And you didn’t even call.”
“I was being monitored to see if I would contact you.”
Tonye was nuzzling Obinna’s neck from behind. “I had some things I needed to do and I couldn’t attend to them till Boma the Beast travelled out of the country.”
The mention of Boma was like pouring cold water on Obinna, who was getting excited by Tonye’s touch. He dropped the half-drained pot of rice.
“You mean you were with him the whole time.”
Tonye, seeing that Obinna had stiffened regretted mentioning Boma’s name. She was wary of the direction their conversation was going.
“No!” she responded.
Obinna turned round and moved away from her. He was obviously expecting further explanation.
“I stayed with him the night we left here and the day we got to Port Harcourt. Then he went to Abuja to get his visa for….”
“I’m not interested in where he went. What I want to know is HOW you stayed with him. What sort of arrangement did you guys have?”
“I don’t understand what you’re asking.”
“Oh yes, you do!” Tonye walked back to Obinna’s room and sat on the bed but he wasn’t relenting. Leaning on the wall separating his room from the kitchen, he asked her pointedly, “Did you sleep with him?”
“Why would you ask me that?”
“Why shouldn’t I? And I demand an answer; did you sleep with him?”
“You’re being unreasonable, Obinna. Why are you trying to dredge up the past? I’m here now, isn’t that what is most important?”
Obinna remained implacable. He dreaded the answer he would receive but he felt he ought to know.
“It was the day we left here. We had just checked into the suite …”
His earlier dread notwithstanding, Obinna still felt sucker punched upon hearing Tonye say those words. “You slept with another guy, the same day you accepted my proposal of marriage?”
“I didn’t actually sleep with him, I just made him come.”
“Jesus! Are you justifying yourself? You sound as if there’s a difference.”
“You saw how he was that day. I had to do something to calm him down.”
“I think you should leave.” Obinna declared, pointing to the door.
“You’re sending me out? It was just a bl#wjob. I had to do it for my own safety.”
Obinna gagged but he recovered himself. “No, you didn’t have to do anything. You didn’t even have to leave with him. You made a choice. Now you’ll have to live with it.”
“You don’t understand. You knew I had a boyfriend when you proposed.”
“Are you saying that this is my fault? Why are my even talking to you still?”
“Seriously? You’re throwing me out when I’ve been making efforts to be free from him. Don’t you want to know how I’ve been trying …?”
“I don’t care. I insist that you leave.”
Tonye did not appreciate being tossed out like dirt. “You are so naive, you don’t know how the world works.”
“And you have a broken moral compass.”
“You’re judgmental and you think everything is black and white. Grow up, Obinna!”
“I have nothing more to say to you,” Obinna declared, and held open the door for Tonye, slamming it shut after she left.
-To be continued-
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2018
Wow! This is big trouble, don’t you think? Love to know how you see the events in this episode.
Obinna feels terrible and it seems he is ending the relationship. Do you think he should?
How would you respond to what Tonye did with Boma and her manner of telling it to Obinna?
Tonye implied that having a boyfriend meant having sex with him. Do you feel sex is unavoidable in a relationship between singles?
Any advice for these two in view of the latest development?
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