“I STILL LOVE TONYE” (5) SHORT STORY
The last episode of this series showed the immediate aftermath of Obinna’s row with Tonye. While he was ruminating over the fight, Tonye was telling some girls from the lodge what had happened. Most of them supported her but one sided with Obinna. Is this the end of this engagement which has lasted only one week or their compatibility problem surmountable? The present episode shows whether each of these lovers stick to their guns or seek reconciliation. Enjoy!
“I STILL LOVE TONYE” (5)
When the ladies left Tonye’s room, they went straight to Chima, another lodge mate, to collect their “winnings” on the bets they had made regarding the prospects of Tonye and Obinna’s union. While the guys had wagered that Obinna and Tonye would end up together, the ladies had bet that there was no future for the two. After the invectives they had heard Tonye hurl at Obinna, the ladies were certain they had won. However, Chima and the other guys had gone to watch football matches as his locked door and a subsequent phone call revealed.
Obinna, on his part, reminded himself that he had vowed not to brood over Tonye again, even before she returned. So he finished cooking the jollof rice he was in the process of making when they fell out. He had no appetite to eat but he didn’t know if Tonye had taken anything since she returned from her trip. He felt he should offer her some food, but he didn’t want her to feel it was a conciliatory gesture or a disguised apology. In fact, while he did not intend to keep malice with her, he was unsure he was ready to meet her yet.
After pondering over the matter for a while, he decided to send her the food through Bimbo. his immediate neighbour. While he was knocking on her door, Titi walked into the lodge and said Bimbo and Chioma had gone to Mama Favour’s, a restaurant in the neighbourhood, to eat their Saturday ofe nsala* special. They had just arrived as she was leaving, she said. Obinna then requested that she help deliver the food to Tonye, without going into details about why. Titi agreed and followed him.
As he was scooping the rice into a warmer, Titi came into the kitchen and started spilling the conversation she and the other girls earlier had in Tonye’s room.
“Tonye is way out of line, Pastor. In fact, she is spitting fire and the girls are fanning the flames.”
Obinna was nonplussed. Could Tonye not get anything right, he wondered. How could she tell others that they had fought and even disclose the intimate details of their disagreement? Had she no shame? Titi’s revelation strengthened his resolve to break their engagement. His only concern was that he didn’t know how much more embarrassment he would still suffer at her hands.
Wisdom, the Bible says, is the principal thing. Apparently, this girl is totally bereft of it.
“You must realise that she doesn’t know what she’s doing, Pastor. If you truly love her, tit for tat is not the way to go,” Titi advised.
Obinna thanked her and begged that she not spread the unpleasant tale further. She assured him that she wouldn’t and left. He thought about Titi’s words for a while. He would need to pray about what had just happened between he and Tonye. When he probed deep into his heart, all he could find there was fondness for Tonye. It was unbelievable seeing what she’d put him through, yet it was quite undeniable. However, he was going to keep it locked up down there. And he was certain that nothing will take them back to the point where they were the previous Saturday before Boma, her boyfriend from Port Harcourt, showed up.
Tonye was surprised to see Titi back to her room so soon. Although she tried to conceal it, Titi could tell that she had been crying. She, however, decided not to say anything about it and simply deliver her message.
“Pastor said I should bring you some food. He wasn’t sure you had eaten since you came back.”
This was too much for Tonye and she burst into tears. How could he be worrying about me after all the harsh words I spoke to him? Titi hugged her and then they both sat on the bed.
“I’ve been thinking about what you said earlier – that I should put myself in Obinna’s shoes.” Tonye was speaking and sobbing simultaneously. “Doing that has shown me that I have really treated him badly. Do you know I confronted Enobong when I saw her with him earlier today?”
“No, I didn’t know that. But why?”
“I was jealous. Just because I saw them together. I wonder what I would have done if I saw him in bed with someone. Titi, what am I going to do? Obinna is so angry that he doesn’t want to see me again.” And she broke down into tears again.
Titi held her close and patted her shoulder repeatedly.
“Look at me yapping away before …. There is just no comparison between Obinna and Boma. Ever since Obinna proposed to me, I have had so much peace. But whenever I think of marrying Boma, my heart drops into the pit of my stomach. See how the devil wants to destroy my life.” More rivulets of tears flowed from her eyes.
Titi turned her so they could face each other.
“Stop crying, okay? Just talk to Pastor. Tell him how sorry you are. He is a child of God, he will surely forgive you.”
“Will you come with me? I’m not sure he will listen to me now. And I won’t blame him if he doesn’t.”
“I’m not sure that is a good idea. I think you guys should be alone to work this out. Meanwhile, try and eat something. And wash your face. It’s all red ….”
“No food. I can’t swallow anything now. But I will wash my face.”
Several minutes later, Tonye knocked on Obinna’s door, but there was no response. After a few more knocks, she had to leave. She didn’t know if Obinna refused to see her since he had a peephole on his door or if he had gone out. And she couldn’t summon the confidence to call his line. All she could do was wait. And pray. Pray that God would soften Obinna’s heart. Pray that they would be able to put the past behind them. Pray that they could get their relationship back on track.
-To be continued-
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2018
*ofe nsala is a special fresh fish soup popular among Delta and Anambra Igbos
Love to hear your views.
Now Tonye is all tears. Do you think she’s truly sorry or she just doesn’t want to lose Obinna?
What should one do when they are so sure they love someone but the person seems all wrong for them?
Can a relationship work when the partners are not fully compatible? Put differently, are there some areas of incompatibility between couples that may not threaten their relationships?
Back to our story, Titi assured Tonye that Obinna would forgive her. Do you think he should?
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