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Here is another fresh episode of “Bruises” for the day written by Tariba Nimota and edited by Hubloaded.
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Let continue – No dulling!!!
My day wasn’t a good one. I rolled in and out of bed, thinking of how my life has taken turns. What would have happened to my sisters if it was me that got killed?
Why didn’t I go to that operation with Fresh and Ajanaku? why did I have such nightmare? Why did God spare me?
All these and many more thoughts were all that I had in mind. I wanted to cry so bad but I couldn’t find tears.
I wanted to scream but my voice was lost. I stood up from my bed, I picked a T-shirt and put it on my sweaty body while I already had a short on. I looked outside and everywhere was dark.
I heaved a sigh of relief knowing my struggles have somehow ended but it will be better if I talk to someone. I left my room and realized I’ve been the only one inside all day.
I didn’t bother to look for Kitan and Dara because I didn’t want them to see me in that state.
As I stepped out of the house with no intention of where to go, I kept on walking and suddenly someone called out to me
Kunle! Kunle! Lakunle! The tiny voice called out, bringing me out of my thought. I looked back to see who it was and to my greatest surprise, it was Ideraoluwa, the pretty, curvy girl whom I had a crush on back then in school. But I couldn’t tell her because she was my best friend.
I didn’t want that to ruin our friendship. Everyone had thought we were dating and she was okay with it until I became a bad boy and I started to avoid her. I haven’t heard from her since she graduated 3 years ago.
My heart raced so fast, I was covered up with hot sweat as I didn’t want her to see me in this state. Even though I know she might be my only way out. I immediately walked faster in a bid to avoid her.
Olakunle stop! Don’t make me run, she said with hesitation in her sweet tiny voice.
Why are you running away from me? She asked in a broken voice. This was the same way you acted while you were in school until I didn’t hear from you anymore.
Her voice brought tears to my eyes as I remembered how much of a mother she was to me. Although I was older than her but we were in the same class.
Her level of understanding and maturity was high. She had the perfect words to say to me. She Knew when I needed comfort, she knew me better than I knew myself.
She was always there for me. She always say “I know you’d turn out to be a great person, and your Mummy will feel sorry that she ever left a great man” even though she doesn’t know the whole story of why Mummy left us.
I don’t think it matters now as I’m not sure my Mummy will still feel sorry that she left. I think she’d be happy that she’s not associated with a criminal like me.
I turned back to look at her, this time with the determination of staying and not running away. She ran into me and gave me a tight hug. She pressed her lips on my forehead and said;
“I’ve missed you chicken, where have you been? It felt like you disappeared into thin air”, She said with so much joy in her face while I stood there numb.
“Kunle, you don’t look happy to see me. Do you think I’m mad that you left me for 3 years. Well yeah, I planned on getting really angry if I ever met you.
But meeting you now, all that anger just disappeared. I’m just happy we’re both alive”, she said with so much joy.
“Why do you look this way though?” She asked as she hits me on my chest the way she usually does when were in school.
Tears welled up my eyes as I pulled her into a tight hug. I knew this has God’s hands in it. God really wants me to be a new person that’s why he brought Ideraoluwa my way, I thought to myself.
“Kunle, you seem weird, what’s wrong? This is not my bestie that I use to know. What has changed? You know what? I’d give you my card and number.
I’d take your number too so that I can visit you soon. I don’t want you leaving my life again”, she said as she flashed me a smile revealing her nice dentition.
We exchanged contact as she slipped her card into my pocket.
“I’d leave now, my Mummy is waiting for me at the shop there”, she said pointing at a place not too far from where we were.
“That’s where she sells her wears. I decided to spend the weekend with her. No matter how big a child grows, she’d always be a baby to her mum”, she said.
While she was saying all these, I wasn’t listening. I kept on looking at how beautiful she has grown.
“I’d leave now”, she said as she turned to leave, giving me a peck on my cheek.
I couldn’t stop looking at her and imagining how different things would have been with us if my life didn’t end up this way. We could have been close to getting married by now. If she finally learns about me, would she ever want to speak to me? Would she ever date me?
Would she even think of us being together? I’m not even sure if I should tell her about my past. What if she rats me out to the authority? But Ideroluwa isn’t like that.
She has a pure heart. Maybe she won’t judge me after all. I should talk to her. The devil we know is better than the angel we don’t know. What If I’m mistaken?
What if I’m going to pay for my actions through her. I think it’s better I just stay away from her, she has her life going on smooth for her. I wouldn’t want to ruin it with my already spoilt life.
“Hmmm! God! Guide me through this. If talking to Idera is going to bring me peace, then please lead me through”. I said looking up at the sky as if I could see the face of God.
I woke up to the sound of my phone beeping. I checked the screen of my phone only to see a message from Ideraoluwa.
“Olakunle, seeing you last night was like a dream come true. I fought myself everyday when it felt like you were never coming back.
I can’t wait to accomplish those dreams we had back then in school with you. I’m glad we met again and I’m going to make the best out of this. I love you bestie”.
Tears rolled down my eyes as I know how bad Ideraoluwa is going to feel when she realizes I’m not that man anymore. I checked the screen of my phone and I realized it was just 4:30 am.
I went back to bed but various thoughts crossed my mind. What if the rest of the gang members come looking for me? What if the police finds them and they rats me out? The thoughts of lots of what ifs crossed my mind as I slept off.
Gba! Gba! Gba! It was the sound of someone hitting the door very hard.
“Brother Kunle, they’re looking for you o!” Kitan said in her not so usual high pitch voice.
Fear covered me as I jumped off my bed sweating like a Christmas goat with my heart racing so fast. Who could be looking for me?
Could it be my gang members? The end is near? I’m finally going to rot in jail. I thought to myself as tears rolled down my eyes……..
To be continued!
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