*THE PERFECT MAN Episode 22 & 23* I blocked Bryan on Facebook because it was the decent thing to do and it was more for his own good than mine. I loved Bryan, no doubt. But I had done the most despicable thing ever; I had cheated on the love of my life. There was no way back from that. I battled with myself if I should tell him, I also sought Nneka's advice 'There is no need telling him Kamsi. What he doesn't know won't kill him,' she said one hot afternoon she came to visit. It wasn't easy getting back into Nneka's good books after the Olumide saga but she eventually came around. 'But I can't live with myself knowing what I did and keeping it from him,' I replied 'Okay, tell him.' 'Tell him what, Nneka?' 'Hian, that you cheated on him na.' 'It's not that easy, you know?' 'Kamsi, I don't know what you want me to tell you. But any decision you make, I will stand by it and respect it. What of Olumide?' Olumide had gone AWOL on me. I called him severally yesterday. He ignored all the calls. I texted him an apology, still no reply. Well it wasn't like I was being smart when I called him a fling. Was he expecting us to get married and live happily ever after? He was a rebound and the sex was great. He was indeed a fling and i was unapologetic for calling him one. Ok, that wasn't completely true. If I was being honest, a part of me actually missed him. I spent virtually all day doing nothing but thinking first about Bryan, then Olumide, then Bryan again. It was not an easy way to live and my dad took notice 'Kamsi, is everything okay,' he asked. 'Yes dad, I'm fine.' 'You are not fine. If there's any problem, it's better for you to tell your parents. Since we got back from the village, you've been walking around like a zombie.' tbc


'Daddy pls I'm ok. I just have plenty things on my mind.'

'Is it regarding your Bryan?'

Wonderful, my father just asked me about Bryan. After months of living in denial, he decided to bring it up

'No daddy, it's not Bryan.'

'Look Kamsi, I may not have handled the Bryan issue properly, but I did it to protect you.'

I really did not want to talk about it but I decided to indulge him

'Protect me from what exactly daddy?'

'From yourself kamsi. You think this is what you want. But you are very young and carefree. You think you are in love but that's just a phase.'

'Daddy, I didn't think I was in love, I was actually in love.'

'Do you even know what love is? You think behaving like you are hypnotised is love? I just couldn't let you make a mistake that you would regret for the rest of your life.'

'You are right daddy, it's my life and it would be my mistake. You should have given Bryan a chance. At least gotten to know him better. If you did, all these wouldn't have happened,' I said, dejected

'All what, Kamsi?' He asked, concern laced in his voice

The departure of Bryan, the Facebook obsession, Olumide, sex with Olumide, etc. But I couldn't say all that and particularly not to my father of all people.

'Don't worry daddy,I'm fine.'

'If you say so kamsi. But don't forget, if you ever need anything that is not Bryan, do not hesitate to talk to me and your mother.'

I smiled irrespective of the jab at Bryan. Times like this reminded me of why I loved my father. When he was not being unreasonable, he was actually funny and loveable.

'One more question daddy.'

'Yes, my child.'

'What exactly did you tell Bryan that made him so angry, enough to storm out of here on you and uncle?'

'Well I can't remember the details exactly, but on our way here, I told him I would not let him colonise you the way his forefathers did ours.'

'Forefathers, really?' And I thought that was the Brits, not Americans.'

'Nne, they are all the same thing,' he said, walking out of the room

My dad was an enigma. Of all the reasons he could muster for not wanting Bryan as his son in law, it had to be some historical bullshit. Well that was all in the past.
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Three weeks later, the conversation I had with my dad kept replaying in my head. He wanted to save me from myself. As if I had the tendency to self destruct. Well he at least got what he wanted, I was safe.

I stayed off men for a while. There was no need over complicating my life. I was happy with myself again. Bryan was becoming a distant memory, Olumide was completely faded. The only unhappy person was my mum. She was always bringing up marriage wherever and whenever possible.

'Kamsi, can you remember Jerry?'

'No mum, who's that?'

'Jerry. That fine man that lives with the priest. He asked after you today in church,' she announced as soon as she walked into my room

'Jerry kwa?'

'Yes now. Like you, he just came back from overseas o. Nne, the boy amaka, he's too fine,'

'Ok mum, I've heard.'

'After hearing what next, Kamsi?'

'Mummy what do you want me to say?'

'Well, I will tell him tomorrow that you greeted him back and you want to invite him on Sunday for lunch.'

'Invite him for breakfast and dinner too. Me I won't sha be around from Saturday. I want to go spend two days at Nneka's, she has been the only one staying over,' I said, smiling

My mum was becoming a pest. Yesterday was Philip, her colleague's son, today is Jerry, the priest's cousin. Only God knows what tomorrow would bring, probably her dentist's nephew.

Going to Nneka's house proved to be a blessing in disguise. Not only did I escape my mum's paranoia, it also gave me a chance to revaluate myself. Nneka's mum, a fair petite woman of about fifty five years took my welfare personal. She treated me like I just got back like days back, instead of months back. It pissed Nneka off, but it made me happy

'Mummy, pls Kamsi is a Nigerian o. Staying in America does not make you American,' she complained after her mother offered me fish peppersoup

'Nne, have you been to America before? Allow me pamper her o. Do u know if she will eat peppersoup when she gets back?'

'Aunty don't mind Nneka. She is very jealous,' I said, laughing

'Why won't I be jealous, my mother has never prepared pepper for me, talk less of pepper soup,' Nneka equipped

We all laughed out loud. I wished my parents could borrow a leaf from Nneka and her parents. Sunday came and passed and I decided to stay longer. There was no rush. I was with my laptop and wifi, so I could still write and send my articles. It was all fun and relaxations. No stress, pressure etc

Because of my tension free and relaxed state, I became worried when I realised I was some days late. My body was a clock and my period was never late. In fact, the only time I was late was when I started the pills. I had run to the doctor with tears spilling out of my eyes

'Relax miss kamsi, it's not abnormal to miss one or two periods when you go on the pills,' the doctor said

'Are you sure doctor?'

'Yes I am. But in order to quell your fears, you could do a pregnancy test and see for yourself,' he said smiling

That was the first time I did a pregnancy test and the relief when it came back negative was wonderful. Now I was faced with such predicament but this time, I wasn't new on the pills. Instead, I had gotten off it. I thought back to my calculated risk with Olumide, could it be possible?

No again. I remember the chief nurse telling me not to expect getting pregnant immediately after I stopped the pills. She was white and she couldn't be wrong. Nneka walked in.

'Kamsi, is everything alright?'

'Nneka, I think I maybe pregnant."

'Haaaaaaaaa. Pls bring down your voice,' she said 'my mum is coming up.'

She stood up quietly, stuck her head and looked left and right before jamming it shut and bolting it. She gestured me to come closer and then we walked together to the veranda.

'Kamsi, how do you know you are pregnant?'

'I missed my period,' I replied

'Ehen, that can happen na.'

'It doesn't happen to me Nneka, I'm never late,' I started to cry.

My entire world seemed to flash before my very eyes. If I was indeed pregnant, it would be Olumide's baby. How would I face my parents? I had not even heard from Olumide since he walked out of my house. Then Bryan. Oh my God! I was inconsolable

'Kamsi, pls calm down. Stop crying. Let's start from the beginning before we get to the end. Do you have any pregnancy symptoms?'

'Neky I've never been pregnant. What are the symptoms,' I asked

'Ok, let me Google the exact symptoms of pregnancy,'

She brought out her phone and Googled it. She started to list them out and asked me to think if I had any time felt such symptoms

'Nausea and vomiting. Kamsi have you vomited any time recently?'

'Only once, yesterday, after eating the peppersoup.' I replied

'Hmmmm. Ok, you've missed your period, that's part of it. Any frequent urination, breast tenderness or fatigue?' She asked

'I don't know Nneka, I don't know. What does breast tenderness mean,' I started to cry again

'I don't know too, Kamsi. What will your parents say,' she came to hug me.

The thought of my parents increased the frequency of my tears. I was doomed and I knew it. My father would literally cut off my head. Nneka spoke up again

'Let's not jump into conclusions yet.6 Stop crying, go and have your bath and make up, before my mother realises something is wrong.'

I offered no resistance. As I walked into the bathroom, she made a call on her phone

'Nchedo, go to Dove pharmacy across the street and buy me three pregnancy test strips. It's better you hide it with your life because if another eyes sees it, you are dead.'


I turned and walked back to her. I gave her a big hug. What could I ever do without Nneka? Tbc
*THE PERFECT MAN Episode 22 & 23* I blocked Bryan on Facebook because it was the decent thing to do and it was more for his own good than mine. I loved Bryan, no doubt. But I had done the most despicable thing ever; I had cheated on the love of my life. There was no way back from that. I battled with myself if I should tell him, I also sought Nneka's advice 'There is no need telling him Kamsi. What he doesn't know won't kill him,' she said one hot afternoon she came to visit. It wasn't easy getting back into Nneka's good books after the Olumide saga but she eventually came around. 'But I can't live with myself knowing what I did and keeping it from him,' I replied 'Okay, tell him.' 'Tell him what, Nneka?' 'Hian, that you cheated on him na.' 'It's not that easy, you know?' 'Kamsi, I don't know what you want me to tell you. But any decision you make, I will stand by it and respect it. What of Olumide?' Olumide had gone AWOL on me. I called him severally yesterday. He ignored all the calls. I texted him an apology, still no reply. Well it wasn't like I was being smart when I called him a fling. Was he expecting us to get married and live happily ever after? He was a rebound and the sex was great. He was indeed a fling and i was unapologetic for calling him one. Ok, that wasn't completely true. If I was being honest, a part of me actually missed him. I spent virtually all day doing nothing but thinking first about Bryan, then Olumide, then Bryan again. It was not an easy way to live and my dad took notice 'Kamsi, is everything okay,' he asked. 'Yes dad, I'm fine.' 'You are not fine. If there's any problem, it's better for you to tell your parents. Since we got back from the village, you've been walking around like a zombie.' tbc *THE PERFECT MAN Episode 22 & 23*

I blocked Bryan on Facebook because it was the decent thing to do and it was more for his own good than mine. I loved Bryan, no doubt. But I had done the most despicable thing ever; I had cheated on the love of my life. There was no way back from that. I battled with myself if I should tell him, I also sought Nneka's advice

'There is no need telling him Kamsi. What he doesn't know won't kill him,' she said one hot afternoon she came to visit.

It wasn't easy getting back into Nneka's good books after the Olumide saga but she eventually came  around.

'But I can't live with myself knowing what I did and keeping it from him,' I replied 

'Okay, tell him.'

'Tell him what, Nneka?'

'Hian, that you cheated on him na.'

'It's not that easy, you know?'

'Kamsi, I don't know what you want me to tell you. But any decision you make, I will stand by it and respect it. What of Olumide?'

Olumide had gone AWOL on me. I called him severally yesterday. He ignored all the calls. I texted him an apology, still no reply. Well it wasn't like I was being smart when I called him a fling. Was he expecting us to get married and live happily ever after? He was a rebound and the sex was great.  He was indeed a fling and i was unapologetic for calling him one. Ok, that wasn't completely true. If I was being honest, a part of me actually missed him. I spent virtually all day doing nothing but thinking first about Bryan, then Olumide, then Bryan again. It was not an easy way to live and my dad took notice 

'Kamsi, is everything okay,' he asked.

'Yes dad, I'm fine.'

'You are not fine. If there's any problem, it's better for you to tell your parents. Since we got back from the village, you've been walking around like a zombie.' tbc Reviewed by De SOUL ENERGIZER on July 15, 2017 Rating: 5

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