“I STILL LOVE TONYE” (4) SHORT STORY
Obinna got a shock in the last episode when he discovered that Tonye had been intimate with Boma during her absence. In his annoyance, he kicked her out of his apartment. What happens next between these two in their convoluted relationship? Does Obinna finally end it as he has been threatening?
If you’re new to the series, find time to catch up on the one preceding it, “Will You Marry Me?”, to understand the link between the characters mentioned. And before reading this episode, check out the three earlier ones through Related Posts at the bottom of this one to understand the story better. Have fun!
“I STILL LOVE TONYE” (4)
Obinna leaned on the wall and slid to the floor. He sat with a hunch, his face covered with his hands for some seconds. He felt like he was in a nightmare, trapped under water, unable to breath. He lifted and shook his head, like one coming up for air and shaking free of some of the water he had been submerged in.
What sort of a mess have I got myself into? This girl is not just an unbeliever, but a degenerate and self-conceited one! Granted that I didn’t expect her to be squeaky clean, but a line was drawn after I proposed and SHE ACCEPTED!
Going back to be intimate with another man was unpardonable, in his view. And to think that performing fellatio on a man is fine. The very thought of it made Obinna sick and this time, he couldn’t hold it in. He ran to the loo and retched violently for several minutes.
You see, Obinna was one of those people with traditional views on sex. Thus, oral sex, as far as he was concerned, was a perversion, and to hear someone talk about it like it was no big deal was very shocking to him. He shuddered to think that he had contemplated a union with a girl like Tonye.
Maybe, I am naive, like she says. But I don’t want to have anything to do with people who live like that.
This was a rude awakening, a realisation that he and Tonye were not just different but worlds apart. Their views and values were vastly different. Perhaps, it would have been possible to bridge the gap between them, he thought, if she had admitted she was wrong to share her favours with Boma, but she was not remorseful. Rather, she had attacked and insulted him.
Lord, this is why I want a sister who fears You and lives by the Bible. I gave myself to you and have kept myself pure. But a girl like Tonye does not care for such things. She will probably laugh at me when she learns I’m a virgin. What was it she said? Obinna, grow up! This whole thing is a disaster and I can’t handle it.
He heard a knock on the door and it was Don, coming to see the progress Obinna had made with cooking the rice he hoped to eat before going to watch the day’s English Premier League football matches. A look at Obinna’s face told him there was trouble.
“Wetin don happen again?”
“Please I can’t talk now.”
“Na waa oh! Dis una love na tempest oh! I go just buy bread and mineral for viewing centre.”
Obinna nodded and shut the door.
Meanwhile, unknown to,him, Tonye was holding court in her room. Surrounded by some female lodge mates, she was venting her anger on Obinna and his kind.
“You see all these small small boys, steer clear of them, especially the so-called born agains. They can be so narrow-minded and difficult.”
“I tell you,” responded Linda. “Girl, I knew you were wasting your time with Pastor. If you didn’t realise yourself fast, I for rush Boma. As in eh, before you say Jack Robinson, I don carry belle, do wedding.”
“I trust you,” Bimbo responded. “You can confuse men for Africa!”*
“Confuse kwa? I for give am honey wella wella.”
Of the four girls who were with Tonye, it was only one, Titi, who did not receive the news of Tonye and Obinna’s quarrel with relish. Less than thirty minutes ago, Tonye would have told Linda she was welcome to have Boma, now she wasn’t so sure and she told the girls so.
“I wonder what gave Obinna the feeling that he could control me.”
“Wait oh,” Titi began, “did you not agree to marry the guy and announce it to others?”
The ladies descended on her like vultures on carrion.
“And so what?” Linda asked. “Has he paid her bride price? Even if …. Someone who cannot even afford an engagement ring wants to tell a woman what to do with her body.”
“The thing tire me oh!” Chioma exclaimed.
“It’s people like you that will end up marrying church rats and they will be maltreating you anyhow,” Bimbo added.
“I reject it. It’s not my portion,” Titi retorted.
“No matter what you say,” she continued, “I think Pastor has every right to be angry. Tonye, put yourself in his shoes and swear that you will not react if your fiancée did such a thing.”
Tonye did not respond but she was hit by Titi’s words.
“Titi, it’s time for you to go,” Bimbo declared. “E be like say you don join these born again people.”
“I wan go chop sef, but I’m warning you, Tonye. If you miss Pastor, you will regret it for the rest of your life.”
“Get away from here, stupid girl,” Bimbo charged.
“Are you cursing her?” Chioma asked. “Back to sender! Tonye, you no go curse am back?”
“I don dey go,” Titi said. “Miserable comforters, continue your ministry.” Then she ran to escape the shoe Linda hurled at her.
“Mtcheew! Some people just dey buy other people case dey break their head for am,” Linda hissed. Then she noticed how quiet Tonye was and asked if she was okay.
“I’m just tired. The effect of my journey from Port Harcourt is beginning to tell.”
The ladies expressed their understanding and left her to get some rest but rest was very far away from Tonye because her mind was in a turmoil.
-To be continued-
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2018
*“You can confuse men for Africa!” is slang for “You can confuse men very much!”
While Tonye was castigating Obinna, majority of the girls in her room were siding with her, except Titi. And my questions are:
Would you discuss a disagreement you have with your fiancé/fiancée or boyfriend/girlfriend with other people?
If you were there, on which side will you be: the majority or Titi’s?
Do you agree with Tonye that born-again Christians are narrow-minded and difficult?
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