Saturday morning and in a matter of hours Vera would be married to Desmond and her status would change. She was so excited so much that she woke me up as early as 05:00 in the morning. Before 07:00, the makeover crew would arrive for their art so we had to shower and get ready for them. As soon as I left the shower and into the room, Vera threw a question at me.
“Dickson told me what happened yesterday. Like seriously what came over you?”
I sighed and went straight to the dressing mirror without saying a word.
“Fifi I am talking to you?”
“What was I supposed to do? He kissed me without permission.” I retorted.
“Oh yes, and you slapped him? For God’s sake, how does that appeal to you?”
“I had no choice. For real that was the only thing I could do at that time.”
“For crying out loud, Dickson is a gentleman, one every lady would want to keep.” She preached.
“Oh yeah, I know he’s a gentleman that kisses a girl without permission. That sounds cool.”
“Are you kidding me? Like he jumped on you without any green light? I know better than that. Just gimme a break.” She waved her hand in the air in a rebuff gesture.
“Don’t be like that Vera, you know I have a boyfriend and I told him that. He ought to have respected that.”
“Really? You have a boyfriend? I don’t seem to know him.” Vera jeered. “By the way, tell me you didn’t enjoy the kiss Fifi.”
“What nonsense are you talking about?” I shook my head and muttered a lie, “Stuff was so irritating.”
“Huh? It’s okay. You have a boyfriend, one you’ve been secretive about. Now see better dude, and you slapped him. I only mean well for you my dear.”
“Now see who’s talking about secretive. Why have you kept secret the reason for your breakup with Collins all this while?” I snapped with rage.
“Oh I see, seems you still have your mind on that. Come to think of it, why have you refused to get over Collins? I was the one that broke up with him and not you.”
“Same way I’m the one dating my boyfriend and not you.” I turned from the mirror and shot Vera a surprise attack. “Babe, don’t you think the same Voodoo that haunted Collins away from you can also wreck your marriage?”
I succeeded as my words struck her well. She froze and slowly turned to look at me. “Girlfriend, what’s the matter with you? Why now? Of all the days and times and hours, you chose now… Few hours to my wedding? Gosh, what are you up to?”
My words pierced through her like a spear. A little bit of remorse crept in but I didn’t care.
“So tell me, what do you intend to achieve?” She leaned backward and enquired thoughtfully. “Are you in anyway seeing Collins? Don’t tell me you’re communicating with him somehow.”
I took it well. I chuckled and replied calmly, “you are both pathetic and ridiculous at the same time. Just quit already, stop being petty. How is that possible?” I shook my head incredulously.
“Now listen baby girl, I’m just worried and concerned about you at the same time. Just like that your relationship with Collins snapped and it’s over, I was thinking he was the one you would have been tying the knot with today but no, it’s someone else. Don’t you see? Something must be wrong. Can’t you smell it?”
“Unfortunately baby girl, I’m walking the aisle with Desmond and not Collins. And if you give me multiple chances, I’ll still choose Desmond over Collins.”
“Story for the gods,” I jeered. “We both know you lied. Because he now works in an oil company huh? Tsk tsk tsk…”
“Oh come off it, I was into him before the job, don’t forget too quickly but like I said, I would never have dated Collins even if he was the only man alive.”
I felt goose pimples. Now this was serious. This was my time and I had to use it well. “I lowered my tone and asked, “why? What is your issue with Collins?”
She sighed and stood up to leave.
“Not again, not this time. This is the only one secret that you’ve kept from me and I won’t let it slip because after today, I’m sure you’ll never talk about this again.
She heaved a sigh and folded both arms. “Okay, Collins is a sex maniac.”
I angled my head in disbelief and burst into laughter clutching at my belly as it rocked.
“Are you just selling that to me hoping I’d buy?”
“I’m not kidding Fifi, he’s a lunatic. Collins is not normal.”
I stopped laughing and gathered myself. “Okay, I get you or lemme just pretend like I do. So because one is a sex maniac makes him a lunatic and abnormal. Girl, you’re boring.”
Vera just shook her head and stood watching me in disbelief as I returned to my seat before the mirror. We heard a knock and she went to get it. It was the makeover crew. While she was with them, I began to ruminate on what she just said about Collins being a lunatic and…Sex maniac- that I could understand but how is that a problem?
I smiled to myself and was about to write her off as being petty and boring when the image of Collins’s bedroom flashed into my head. I jerked at the thought and mistakenly knocked a bottle of fragrance to the tiled floor. The loud crash attracted the attention of the other party in the room.
“Babe, are you okay?” Vera asked.
“Yeah, I’m fine. It’s nothing.” I ran both hands over my head.
To be continued..