Married Twice – Episode 32

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Chapter Thirty Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHARUNA looked up from the phone

 

 

Priceley??

 

 

She had heard that name before, from somewhere

 

 

But she couldn’t pinpoint anything

 

Just a name anyway

 

 

She shrugged

 

“I’m Sharuna”, she said

 

 

He nodded

 

“Nice to meet you”, he said offering his hand for a handshake

 

 

 

She scoffed and looked at him, then his outstretched hand

 

 

“Same”, she said ignoring the handshake

 

 

He sighed

 

“Well, I’ve been trying for days now to talk to you…..”

 

 

“Not days”, she interrupted, “specify, it’s two days, just two”, she raised two of her fingers to verify

 

 

Priceley sighed, running his hands through his hair

 

 

“Well, two days. I have been trying to talk to you but you seem not to give me a second of your time, why you behaving rude as that?”, he was forced to ask

 

 

She looked at him

 

“You won’t gonna believe if I tell you”

 

 

Priceley was forced to laugh

 

“Why? Tell me, I will try my possible best to”

 

 

She heaved a sigh

 

 

“If you insist. I lost someone very, very much close and dear to my heart, someone who meant a whole lot to me”, her voice was emotional

 

 

“He was so close that loosing him was like loosing my mind…. that’s why

 

I’ve been behaving this way”

 

 

It seemed like she wanted to cry

 

She held herself not to

 

“Is that it?”, Priceley asked

 

 

She nodded

 

 

“If you think you are the only one who losed a very close person, then it’s a lie. I lost someone too, a best friend and a brother.

 

 

“He had an accident some bad day, and he’s presently in the hospital. He’s been in coma for almost a year now. Any hope of him coming out from there alive is slim, it’s a possibility.

 

 

“He’s my best friend, my very good friend, and my brother”, he was already ranting before he could realize

 

 

“Look at his picture over there if you think I’m just exaggerating”, he stretched his hand towards the big picture frame on the wall

 

 

Sharuna’s eyes followed

 

 

For the first time since she came into the guestroom, she looked round

 

 

They were about four big picture frames on the wall

 

 

The first her eyes caught, was that of Mr Bennett and a woman she presumed to be his wife

 

 

The second was that of a young teenage girl

 

 

The third was the presumed Priceley, sitting opposite her at the moment

 

 

And the fourth was that of the best friend and brother, Priceley was talking about

 

 

 

The picture got her smiling and before she knew it, she stood and walked up to the picture frame

 

 

She placed her left hand on it and ran her hands round it, feeling it’s texture

 

 

All the while, she was smiling as she instantly felt an aura of joy and happiness, the kind she normally feels when Kesmanee was still present, the kind she feels whenever Kesmanee was around her

 

 

She was just happy

 

 

All these while, Priceley just sat with his eyes on the floor and his hands on his head

 

 

Then he got up, and walked towards her

 

 

She was still smiling and looking at the picture, her hands still going round the frame

 

 

After hesitation, he held her right hand

 

 

“I want you Sharuna”, he said

 

 

She brought her hand down from the picture frame and turned to look at him

 

 

Then, it hit her!

 

 

As quick as flash, she started remembering all the moments she and Kesmanee had once spent, the outings they went, the happiness they had shared, the sad stories they had shared, and finally the day he vanished

 

 

She felt like she was cheating on him, she felt guilty

 

 

She immediately withdrew her hand from his hold, and shaking her head

 

 

“No…….no……no”, was all she was saying, tears already running down her

 

beautiful face

 

 

Priceley was surprised, and before he knew it, Sharuna ran to the sofa, took her bag and took the stairs running and crying

 

 

Priceley stood still in shock, astonished

 

 

Then he realized himself and ran after her

 

 

Sharuna kept running till she got down to the road

 

 

“Sharuna…….wait please…..wait”, she heard his voice

 

 

She turned and saw him running towards her, she was still crying

 

 

Soon a cab pulled up and she boarded

 

 

He was late, before he could reach her, she had already gone

 

 

He stood in a spot for minutes, dejected, heartbroken and rejected

 

 

He wanted to cry and he fought the urge to enter one of his cars and go after her

 

 

He just turned back and went back into the house *

 

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Sharuna got home and ran straight to her room

 

 

Thank goodness, Dr Sujit wasn’t home yet

 

 

She flopped herself down on the bed and tears flowed

 

 

She cried like never before

 

 

“Kesmanee why you doing this to me? Please come back…… please”, she

 

lamented crying and soon, she drifted into sleep

 

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Sharuna was sitting on a couch under the pine tree in her school’s compound

 

 

They had closed for the day and she was waiting for Dr Sujit to come pick her

 

 

She couldn’t go to the provision store where she normally waits because the store keeper was ill and so, couldn’t make it to the store that day

 

 

She was reminiscing on what had happened the previous day, and remembered Priceley

 

 

Now talking of Priceley, she hope he wouldn’t see her waiting for Dr Sujit

 

 

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Priceley had just arrived the institution at good time

 

 

He hoped Sharuna hadn’t gone home already, like she used to

 

 

He took the stairs to her department and true to his fears and disappointment, she had gone

 

 

He shrugged and turned, then he saw something

 

 

It was clear from his vintage point upstairs, he saw someone sitting under the pine tree

 

 

He knew her

 

It was she!

 

 

He happily walked down to her, she was on her phone As always

 

 

“Hi”, he said walking closer

 

 

Sharuna turned and saw him, she instantly became uncomfortable

 

 

She kept mute, ignoring his greetings

 

 

“Hello Sharuna”, he repeated

 

 

“Hi”, she replied shortly, avoiding his eyes

 

 

“What you doing here?”, he asked “It’s late, come let me drop you home”

 

 

 

What!

 

Drop her home indeed

 

 

“Thanks. I’m waiting for my dad besides”, she said

 

 

He laughed

 

 

“I know you are waiting for your dad before I asked, it’s nothing just to drop you off”, he insisted

 

 

“I said no”, she yelled, “or are you deaf? Please let me be”

 

 

He smiled

 

“I’m sorry I won’t. I mean….. I can’t let you be”

 

 

Sharuna turned to look at him

 

Then her phone rang, it was her father

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Hello Dad”, she said

 

 

“Hello. Sharuna?”, Dr Sujit voice filtered into the phone

 

 

“Dad?”

 

 

“Please angel, I’m sorry I can’t take you home today. I have a very important schedule to attend to, please take a cab home”

 

 

She kept mute, angry

 

 

“You there?”, Dr Sujit was forced to ask

 

She sighed

 

“Yes. I’ve heard you”

 

 

“Take care of yourself okay? Bye”

 

 

“Bye dad”

 

 

The call ended

 

 

Shit!

 

What a perfect situation now!

 

 

Priceley smiled, his opportunity was here, he had heard everything

 

 

“So what are you saying? You still gonna wait?”

 

 

She looked at him

 

Anger filled her heart

 

 

“Don’t ever bother yourself about me, I will take a cab”, she stood up and walked to the road

 

 

Priceley didn’t give up, he followed her, still pestering her

 

 

She hailed a cab

 

” The Sujit’s mansion”, she said to the cab driver

 

 

He shook his head

 

“No ma’am, not going that route”, and he drove away

 

 

“You still have a chance”, Priceley kept nudging her “Just join me, I’m not gonna eat you”

 

 

“Will you leave me alone”, Sharuna yelled at him, hailing down another can

 

 

The cab driver said same thing

 

 

Now, she was becoming agitated, the sun was hitting her with full force And Priceley was still standing there

 

 

It seemed everybody decided to join forces and spoil her day

 

 

After hailing down about four cabs, all saying same thing, she gave up

 

 

“I think I will consider your request”, she said to him

 

 

His face lit up in smiles

 

“It would be my pleasure. Come”, he motioned and she reluctantly followed him

 

 

He made to open the car door and she stopped him

 

 

“I can do that myself. Thank you”, she opened and entered

 

 

He shrugged, smiling

 

“Okay. But I guess you don’t have a clue to how happy I am now. I mean, giving you a ride. It’s a pleasure”, he revved the car

 

 

She hissed

 

 

“Don’t feel lucky either. Don’t think I will let you do this again”, she snapped

 

 

“Whatever”, he smiled and they zoomed off.

 

Ndozi Nuellitta

 

 

To Be Continued

 

 

Those of you that want to eat me raw because of Kes’ whereabouts, I hope you’ve known now??

 

 

He’s in the hospital, in coma, under life supporting machine

 

 

Lemme not talk much

 

 

Love y’all

 

 

 

 

 

 

Married

 

Twice

 

 

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