Maaaaaaaaaaaaaa! (Looking quite upset) “Why does she have to call someone this much? She has a thousand and one servants and yet she’ll call my name as if I am one of them and not the Princess herself. (Arranging herself as she mentioned the word ‘Princess’) One of these days, (rolling her eyes) with the way this her yeye lover man is scooping me sef, I might give in to him, just to show her.” Cynthia fumes as she hurries towards her mum.
“Yes Mummy, did you want something?” She asked in a babyish voice, like the mummy’s girl she’s had her mum believe she was.
Patting the space beside her on the soft wide bed with pastel coloured bed sheet and fluffy feather-filled pillows, “Come my darling, sit with me a while. I have great news for you!”
“What’s up mum?”
“We are gonna have a parry!!!! I’m super-excited. As a matter of fact I’m trying to organise the women’s group”. (Tapping the pen gently against her teeth and lost in another world of party plans.) Cynthia observes her mum, wondering why she always got excited whenever there was a party to go for or planned. “Well, I can’t really blame her”. You see, Kate (her mum) had had a troubled marriage to her father. Thinking about it, was he really her father? Why did she treat him with so much disdain? She never saw anything good in what he did. No matter how hard he tried, “it’s not good enough” she would sneer at him in low tunes and angry gazes. Now she sucks up to her Uncle, Des. I’m not even sure what to think of that one. He’s after my mum and cutting me eyes at the same time. Is it not bad enough that he took mum away from his brother, now he wants the daughter too!
“I’m thinking of the colour of Aso-ebi to wear for the occasion this time” Kate’s voice cuts through Cynthia’s multiple thoughts bringing her attention back to the matter at hand.
“Let’s do Coral and Cobalt Blue for a change, it will soften the blue and still make it sweet. The last time we used Purple and Lilac.”
“I see”, nodding her head in agreement, “you are right. I can already see the bevy of gorgeously dressed women everywhere in the palace and I will be the talk of town for weeks by the time I show up in all my splendour.” (With closed eyes, she raises her head smiling) “I can already feel the buzz and all the activity. Hmmm”
“Yes I was going to tell you this important point before we, sorry, (smiling knowingly) I went off on another tangent about Aso-ebi.” Kate continues in-a-matter-of-factly voice, “Like I was saying we are going to have a party and you know how Uncle Des can be whenever there is one and he has taken that his Baileys, Gin and Tonic with Orijin on the side. And whenever he is surrounded by his bunch of lousy friends, he wants to impress them.” (Shooting her a mischievous wink) “And you my darling, is one of the many reasons he loses it. So we are going to maximise that opportunity. By the way, I’m not saying sleep with him o! I’ll have your head if you attempt it. Just kidding baby.”
“I wouldn’t do such a thing mummy” Cynthia protested. “Not after all you have done for me when Daddy kicked you out.”
“Good, now we understand ourselves, we are…”
“CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT THING IN LIFE! ALL THESE SINS YOU ARE COMMITTING, DARIS GOD O!” CHANGE YOUR WAYS! (Rings his annoying bell in-between, screaming) CHANGE YOUR WAYS!! I SAY, CHANGE YOUR WAYS!!! LEAVE PEOPLE’S WIVES ALONE, FACE YOUR FAMILY. WOMAN, GO BACK TO YOUR HUSBAND, BEFORE THUNDER WILL STRIKE YOU IN YOUR ADULTERY!”(And the bell faithfully rings as he passes on)
She allows the curtains fall out of her hands, walks back into the room and breathes out in anger “I really HATE this man, why won’t he just shut up and stop being a show spoiler” Kate hissed at the retreating back of Prophet Patrick. “He seems to have a knack for showing up at the wrong place at the wrong time. One of these days, he will get what’s coming to him. I will make sure he loses the thing carrying that his bad mouth” (looking up at her daughter) “and that’s a promise” she concludes.
“Such beauty! Such splendour!” Uncle Des gushes. “How do you manage to get so many beautiful women in one place, my friends will be pleased.” He beams at Kate who gives him a little bow of acknowledgement. “Thank you my love.”
“I hope Cynthia will do her special dance for me and my friends today. I had promised them thrills beyond measure.”
“She will my love, she will. Just remember to settle her after the party.”
“Anything for you Kate. You know I have been eyeing you before my brother brought his K-leg into the matter and you agreed to marry him. Well, all that is in the past now” He raises his glass of Baileys to her red wine glass and they toast to a fun-filled night.
“What have I gotten myself into?” Des mutters to no one in particular and quickly sends Kate a BB message “My love, please understand I cannot do this…I cannot make this request possible. Please have Cynthia ask for something else.”
“But you promised, dearest Des, you promised!” was the reply she sent, whilst smiling at her daughter, experiencing joy that finally she would get her revenge on that Prophet Patrick and at Des for being so weak when it comes to his ego.
The morning after the Ladies night, Kate looked out of the window, almost certain he would show up as usual with his annoying bell, croaky voice and unkempt busy beards. He didn’t. But she heard his warning all the same “CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT THING IN LIFE! ALL THESE SINS YOU ARE COMMITTING, DARIS GOD O! CHANGE YOUR WAYS! CHANGE YOUR WAYS!! I SAY, CHANGE YOUR WAYS!!! LEAVE PEOPLE’S WIVES ALONE, FACE YOUR FAMILY. WOMAN, GO BACK TO YOUR HUSBAND, BEFORE THUNDER WILL STRIKE YOU IN YOUR ADULTERY!” in her head.
Matthew 14: 1-11
Word in Pidgin English:
Silly lover that is panting after me
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