DIARY OF A STRANGE WOMAN – 76

Nosa will date any man for the right price. Find out why.

It’s been a week since Toyin and Bode moved in and I am surprised at how it isn’t bad, after all. Bode leaves the house before I wake up and returns late at night. And Toyin is her natural self, bubbly, excited for me. She cooks and cleans like it’s her house, and I don’t lift a finger. We even got to shop for and design my baby’s room. She goes to her government job in the morning and returns in the afternoon, the typical civil servant.

Toyin has spoken to me about getting a job so many times now, it doesn’t even make any sense to me anymore. Her life is not better for it, except that she is just so much more religious and fanatic. To be positive, I’ll say, she’s more heaven-ready. But who can know? She’s enjoying my sinfully-obtained hospitality, and doesn’t this make her an accomplice?

Yet Toyin has made it her duty to make me remember God and to change my ways.

Luke stayed away that first night but has pestered me to get rid of my guests because he wants to come over. I am willing to make a plan to meet him elsewhere. I even offered to pay for a hotel room if necessary, and he laughs in derision.

How much do I have compared to his, anyway?

Luke, by the way, is not as generous as I first thought and has not given a lot in recent times. Doesn’t bother me a lot but I remind myself I have a baby coming…And I need to find a way to get some more money out of my multi-millionaire boyfriend. I do have a premonition about a lot of things and it just seems things are going to wind down pretty soon, though, with all the recent events, I may just be reading the signs.

There’s a click of my front door, and though I am not close to it, only one other person has access to my house apart from me. Luke.

Toyin is back from work, and we’ve had a late lunch together. She usually retires for a few hours into “her” room, and then we watch TV together before I go to bed. She waits up for Bode so she can open the door for him.

I stroll out of my room and meet Luke walking into the parlor.

“Finally, there is a chair and a table,” he mumbles.

Luke is not the petty type, and he could well ignore it altogether, but he expresses his emotions at times.

“Hello, darling.” I get a peck on his cheek. “I know you’re upset.”

“Me, upset? I don’t have the time.” He drops into the couch. “Where are the free tenants?”

As though she is just standing behind the door, Toyin walks in. I’m surprised she goes on her knees to greet Luke, the drama queen.

He’s taken back as well but my boyfriend smiles and waves at her.

Toyin stood. “Can I serve you some food. We just cooked—”

Luke arches an eyebrow. “No, thanks. I’m fine.”

Toyin looks at me, and I smile and nod. Luke does not usually eat in my house anyway unless he’s spending the night.

“Okay, let me allow you. Goodnight, Mr. Chase.”

“Goodnight.”

After she leaves, Luke asks, “What’s her name?”

“Toyin.”

“I want her out of my house.”

I move closer to him and place my head on his chest. “They are trying to get a place.”

Luke snickers. “Accommodation isn’t that hard in Lagos.”

“They just can’t afford most. And the ones they can are not good enough.”

“I want them out of my house, Nosa. If you don’t do it, I will. Tonight!”

 

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DIARY OF A STRANGE WOMAN – 75

Nosa will date any man for the right price. Find out why.

Bode was to Toyin what Sazu was to me. Those guys we called boys and teased they wanted to bite more than they can chew. They were handsome, romantic, dangerously tempting but as broke as a beggar. I remember giving money to Sazu on several occasions. Relationships with those boys were just not one of the things we did.

Bode had not changed. A little leaner, but well-built and mature. The kind of man you want to move around with. But I guess he’s still as broke as he ever was. Toyin got a master’s degree overseas and will finish her youth service, and get a good job. She has many more years of feeding her handsome pauper.

“You look good, Nosa,” Bode says before I can get over the surprise of his presence. “Thanks for having Toyin. Trust me, we’ll be out of here before you even realize we came.”

“Nosa, I’ sorry I didn’t tell you ahead. I reckon you won’t mind.” Toyin pulls me into a hug and whispers fiercely, “I beg you in God’s name.” Then out loud, she laughs. “I’m your friend, where will you throw me.”

I shrug, not amused or pretending to be. “Luke is not going to like this.” I don’t care what Bode thinks of me at this moment, he is in my house, being paid for by another man. “You alone is already a problem with him.”

“We’ll be out of here before he gets back from wherever he travelled—”

“He’s in town.” I heave a heavy sigh. “Toyin, you both can’t stay.”

Huh! Like you have a choice.” She brushes by, pulling a suitcase with her. “I’m fishbone.”

She disappears inside like she lives here already.

“Bode, you have to leave—”

“To where Nosa? To where?”

 

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DIARY OF A STRANGE WOMAN – 74

Nosa will date any man for the right price. Find out why.

The last time I slept in the same room, and in the same bed with another girl was while on campus. My first year in fact. Since then, I’d had men, and I cherish my space. But Toyin’s coming over is a great excuse to keep Luke from spending the night. I quickly call him.

“I’m inside your house. Where are you?”

“I’m in my car, in the park.” I use my most frustrated voice. “My friend is coming in from Benin by road.”

“What friend? You said you were at home.”

Of course, I said so. “She called. I’m so sorry, darling. She was supposed to be at the park already. I thought I’d just pick her and—”

“When are you coming back?”

“Tonight, of course.”

“How come your house is still not furnished?”

What did he care? I don’t like unauthorized persons in my house when I’m not there. Even if he paid the rent and fixed all the locks.

“Everything! The morning sickness, Daddy dying. I’m overwhelmed.”

“Why didn’t you tell me? I could have gotten a team to come over.”

I rub my temple. He should just get off this call. “You were busy.”

He lowers his voice. “Anyway, I guess nothing for me tonight, madam. I should go and find my pleasures elsewhere.”

“I’m sorry, honey. I—”

“Goodnight.”

He hangs up, and I blow several breaths.

 

****

 

I spend the next day setting up the second room. I’m a little excited and still apprehensive about having Toyin in my house. She called early in the morning to tell me she was on the road so should be in by afternoon if there are no delays. Okay, or what can I say again.

This may be like having Ivy in my house before. Only that Toyin is a serious Christian and going by the two days with her in Julia’s house, she’ll wake up at four in the morning and pray for two hours. Well, she’ll have her room.

My good mind says it is the beginning of my restoration. My head says I’m going to hate it, and Toyin will not leave even if I ask her.

The good thing though is that Luke will not be able to come anyhow.

Reminds me I need to call and let him know.

He blows some steam at first. When he wasn’t paying my house bills, he didn’t want me living with anybody, how much more now. I’m back to pleading, begging even…we will work something out…I couldn’t leave her just like that…she didn’t tell me she was stranded…sorry, lovey, sorry baby, sorry sweetie…

I have a headache by the time I hang up. From my history, really, this is when to call it quits with Luke. No matter how good you are as a man, I hate whining. But I’m pregnant…

Toyin arrives at about five in the early evening with enough luggage to fill my house. And to the hellish surprise and back…Bode, her husband!

 

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DIARY OF A STRANGE WOMAN – 73

Nosa will date any man for the right price. Find out why.

Blank. I am blank.

Toyin insists the best thing is to tell Luke he’s not the father of my baby. How do I do that? I’ve never admitted guilt to any man. I don’t love them. I use them and dump them. Why would this be different?

Toyin cries over the phone. “He is brutal, Nosa. He is waiting for the right time to ruin you?”

“No man can ruin me.”

“You have seen them all, haven’t you? Then why are you calling me for advice?”

I take a deep breath. She’s right in a way. From the day I met Luke Chase, things have changed. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

“Look here Nosa, you have done this thing for too long. It’s time to consciously change your path. God’s arms are wide open—”

“Toyin, stop!” We’re both quiet for several long seconds. “What do you know of Luke?”

“Nothing you’re interested in.” She sighs. “I need to go, Nosa. I’m coming back to Lagos tomorrow by road and I need to sleep.”

“Why are you coming by road?”

“I don’t have money for flight, Nosa. My husband doesn’t either. And we won’t do the wrong thing to get it.”

“Okay, good night.” I hang up.

I am being stubborn, no doubt. She wants me to get a proper “job.” When all my life I haven’t. Is it now I have a baby on the way I will start looking for a job? Besides the fact that no one wants to employ a pregnant woman, no man wants to keep another man’s baby while having an affair with the mother.

The question of sustaining myself is out because I can from my savings but with a baby! It’s not even an option. My baby should have a rich father. All these years, I haven’t gotten pregnant. Why now? And I have the option of removing it…Toyin will faint if she even hears I thought of it.

Am I unredeemable?

My phone rings again. It’s Toyin. Should I pick it or not.

“Hello, Toyin.”

“I wanted to ask for your new address. You never did give it.”

I roll my eyes to the very back. But maybe I really do need her back in my life. I call out the address.

“Thanks. Actually, I’m coming to your place tomorrow. We had accommodation issues and even Bode went to his parents’ in Ondo till we can sort stuff.”

“You don’t have accommodation!”

“I told you Bode moved to Lagos because of me. His business hasn’t done well. It’s just a phase.” She sighs. “Please, I’ll see you tomorrow evening.”

She hangs up before I can say anymore.

This is why I don’t want to lose Luke. I’ll beg, and that will be unthinkable.

 

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DIARY OF A STRANGE WOMAN – 72

Nosa will date any man for the right price. Find out why.

I continue to contemplate my staying alone.

Luke came back from his trip just as I return from mine. For some reason, because I am one tough babe, I am shocked to realize I am scared to face him. With the calls, and Toyin’s hanging threat, what will he say?

Sure, I am going to maintain a tough front. I will not break down and confess he is not my baby’s father. He should feel privileged to be offered a baby on a platter. Everyone will know I cheated on him, but who cares. I don’t, and he shouldn’t.

So, I disappear to a shop in the neighborhood at the time he scheduled to visit. And didn’t pick his call. He leaves a message that he wants to spend the night, and he’ll be back. He should want to spend the night, a man hasn’t touched me since December. Which only happened when I didn’t have a “job.”

A man like Luke won’t even accept sickness as an excuse. AI don’t want him to touch me; maybe it’s the pregnancy.

Confusion has never been my mate but today, I don’t know what to do. Maybe it’s time to lay everything open. Tell Luke the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. What can he possibly do to me? With my father’s funeral behind, I have an escape route. I will go and stay with Julia in Benin. I have money in my account, over two million.

Right now, I can even disappear.

A soft wind blows my face and the other voice harshly reminds me of my baby. A billionaire’s child. Will I forfeit the life I can have with Luke Chase as the mother of his child?

I call Toyin. “Please, I need your advice.”

 

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DIARY OF A STRANGE WOMAN – 71

Nosa will date any man for the right price. Find out why.

I am Nosakhare William. From the time I was thirteen, I’ve been with men. I cannot be intimidated now at thirty. I know some men are pure evil but I know how to get even. This may be my first time of dating a man like Luke, but a man is still a man.

I call Toyin’s bluff and travel back to Lagos the following day. What can anyone do to me I haven’t seen till now – now I’ve been raped, a definite first.

The only thing that hasn’t happened yet is I haven’t died before. But I have had near-death experiences. What can Luke possibly do to me? Now I know I’m a target, I will be careful too.

Things don’t feel the same, though.

My stomach is growing, and because I want to keep this baby, I cannot break up with Luke and find another man. Even if I can, who will want a pregnant woman like me? Except for perversion.

My house is as empty as I left it and I consider getting a flatmate. It can be a very bad idea, I know, but with my life spiralling in different directions I’m not used to, I think someone in the house can help me find purpose and direction.

Where will I get a flatmate from anyway?

Toyin had mentioned Mary had accommodation problems in Lagos and was staying in her house, but even if I offer, my sister will never agree to live with me in a house provided by a man, a married man.

The walls are closing in on me. I feel so lonely. I rub my stomach. A baby is growing, and will come into a world so cruel, a world that has rejected its mother. I guess many will say I am one of the people adding cruelty but what about me? What chances did I have?

With my father gone, it doesn’t seem to make any sense to continue with my revenge. I only hurt myself. I am alone, hated by most people I know, deceived beyond measure by the married man I hope to exploit.

I’m not hungry but I have a bag full of fried meat. The meat has been well-seasoned and fried dry by the cooks. I put four on to a plate, open a can of malt drink I had in my fridge, and sit in my room, still the only furnished room in the house. It is not a good feeling to drink such chilled malt alone, with such sweet meat. But that’s what my life is. I can’t talk about regret.

I’m too stubborn to.

 

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