Home Coming


And thus said Venus to Cuspid
Listen Kid,

Love is not magic
It is as real as us
It only takes the courageous

Love is not magic
It is pure faith to feel
For something so mythical surreal

Home Coming IV
Wooaa!! Mary-Rose screamed as she rushed to meet her friend Chioma, who was approaching from the gate of their house. Mary-Rose had previously been sitting under one of the numerous orange trees that surrounded the spacious compound.
You look so beautiful dear said Mary-Rose, stepping back to admire her friend after they had hugged, you don’t look bad either she replied smiling with pleasure. Hope everyone in your family is bubbling as you said Mary-Rose, everybody is fine and my mother sends her greeting Chioma replied walking beside her friend as they made their way to the house. Brother, Chioma is here Mary-Rose called out to her brother who was in the dinning section of the large sitting room eating. Good afternoon Chioma said meeting his gaze, Afternoon Chi welcome he said between a mouthful, thank you she replied and set out behind her friend who was already heading to her room.
The kids should come with us to the ceremony tomorrow Nicole said, it was later in the evening same day they family had gathered for a chat after dinner. Sister I am not a kid anymore Mary-Rose said in defense, you are only 16 Nicole said teasingly to her little sister. I will be 17 next year Mary-Rose said emphasizing the 17, so? Nicole was saying when their mother interrupted. Nicole leave my baby alone she said and turned to Mary-Rose, don’t mind her you are soon going to become a lady not a little girl anymore. When everybody else had gone to bed, Sam stood alone on the balcony of the house, staring into the envelope of darkness that covered the world around him. The gems of the night didn’t even come out to offer any glimpse of hope to wandering souls like his, his thoughts was focused on Amanda he regretted the very day he walked away from her, like an ass-hole he had betrayed a good woman who loved him. He had let few moments of canal pleasure cloud his thoughts and now he just cared how to make amends even that seemed bleak.
Love! Said the priest, is a story of two willing hearts, willing to stay committed to each other no matter what may come. It must be written as truthful as possible by two hearts as one, there must be room for forgiveness as much as possible, for when one sacrifices for the other it for themselves they do it, because now the two co-exist as one.
Thus love is one personality shared by two individuals, anything outside is beneath love, the heights of love is always hard to achieve.  It takes patience, endurance and many trials at it. I urge the new couples before me to strive hard, from this very day to achieve this very height in the story,  they are about to start to write today. Amanda listened intently to every word the priest said, and for the rest of the service her mind was centered on Sam. Why had he done it? He had been faithful to her for two long sweet years, then turn around to stab her in the back, he could have waited a little longer or at least took time to think about it before spoiling the perfect story they were writing, how could chase another woman only because he desired canal pleasure. After hurting her without remorse was he back to hurt her some more? Men! She didn’t understand them at all.
Mary-Rose was the first to spot Dan as he made his way through the gate whose two huge doors were flung open, the pillars was decorated with beautiful purple ribbons and balloons of different colours. He waited a little distant from where Sam was slowly maneuvering to pack the car, she told Chioma pointing in his direction but only slightly lifting her fingers, wow he looks so handsome in house clothing her friend exclaimed. It is his granny’s cerebration of life ceremony and he knows we are coming, Mary-Rose said almost in a whisper, what are you kids gossiping about?   Nicole said from the front seat turning to stare at them through her dark shades, nothing the two girls said in Unison blinking with guilt. Let the ladies alone Sam said, go socialize with kids your age and have some fun. Many people of different ages filled every corner of the huge mansion, the music was mild and the live band acknowledged rich relations and important personalities as the came into the compound. I got your invitation a man said behind Sam and the other laughed heartily before replying his friend. Forget it that card man it is all a sham, come 4th of January we are flying back to Spain together as planned. Are you serious? The other asked trying hard to control his amazement, Sam wasn’t in any mood for socialization so he kept to himself and indulged in ears dropping. He listened intently as the other man narrated his love conquest to his friend, everything happened so fast I just had to live my moment and enjoy the show. Play along to marriage? You are crazy man when your wife hears about this you will be as good as dead his friend chilled him, Christ! Forget it man you get too scared, Juliana is not coming to Nigeria anytime soon and she hardly even has any Nigeria friend. Man you are the devil himself, I didn’t ask for free food, free accommodation and free sex when I came to Onitsha only because I spent fifty thousand naira on a girl in one night. Sam saw Amanda come and he felt the thunder bolt hit him suddenly, her hair was braided in an amazing way, her curves perfect in a killer dress which matched with her last year Isabelle Morrent hills. He knew because he bought it for her last year on a vacation in Paris, France. Their eyes locked for a brief moment and she was gone, what was she doing here he wondered.
Nicole was with Dan’s elder sister Victoria on the balcony of one of the wings of the house, Amanda approached them with a sweet smile on her lips, Nicole meet my good friend Amanda, Victoria was trying to introduce the two girls who was smiling at her confusion, I know who she is Amanda said to her. And how do you know Victoria? Nicole asked, she is my recent client and nice person, I will make her wedding just perfect Amanda replied. Nicole turned with surprise towards Victoria who was blushing now, Vicky you getting married and I didn’t know? It was just so sudden it was actually going to be a surprise. Oh sorry dear my bad, Amanda said to Victoria. It is okay, Nicole is a dear friend it just that I wasn’t so sure at first, so who is the lucky guy? Nicole asked, Obi! Victoria replied a little nervous, which obi? Nicole asked with a frown. The same Obinna you know, I thought you guys broke up long ago Nicole said trying hard to contain the anger and emotions rising up from within her, Amanda stood surprised watching the two ladies without reaction. What is wrong with us coming back to marry each other? I have been going out with Obinna for the last three months and we were planning to get married next year, Nicole spoke with tears falling from her eyes and before there was more she stumbled out leaving behind, two stunned ladies. She was so upset she notice she brushed right past Obinna on the staircase as she made her way down, he was grateful she didn’t notice him, what was she doing here anyway. On the balcony two cold stares met him before a slap caressed his cheeks and he was left alone to his imagination for his faults. Sam made his way into the house in search of Amanda, first Victoria walked past him without a word then he saw her coming towards him with grace when their eyes met, they both froze.
He walked up to her, I am sorry Amanda he began, for what? She replied coldly, I made a mistake, I slipped and would forever regret that, I only wish you give me another chance to try to change that every day of my life. I need to see my friend first she replied, she is upset I would talk to you later, she walked past him too. He leaned on the wall for some time wishing he had said more or at least said the right words.
In another section of the house, Mary-Rose and Chioma were entertained lavishly by Dan who made sure he sampled every dish on the course he could think of, he did his best to excite the girls. Chioma couldn’t get enough of the red wine even though as Mary-Rose warned her of the after effect, Dan urged her on. Mary-Rose didn’t even finish her first glass but she sampled every food Dan had brought eating only little of each. I think we should go find brother Sam Mary-Rose said, trying to get her friend away from danger, are we leaving already? Chioma asked, it is getting late, stay a while Dan said it is not even yet six pm. Dan is right we should enjoy ourselves a little longer, fine enjoy yourself I am going to find him and when I come back we are definitely leaving. She found him leaning on the wall along the staircase, brother are you okay she said touching him lightly on the shoulder, hey Rossi I am fine and I hope you are enjoying yourself he replied trying to gather himself together. But you were leaning on the wall, what’s wrong? Uhmm! Forget it dear, it’s nothing, can we leave now? he replied her, okay let me get Chioma, alright I will go get Nicole, we will be waiting in the car. She started upstairs and he went downwards.
Chioma and Dan were gone when she returned, she wondered where they went and went in search. Inside Dan’s room along the hallway, he forceful parted her lips with a kiss she was too weak to resist, after a resisting faintly she consented and his hands was soon all over her. Her head was spinning and her body was on fire, the passion with intoxication of alcohol seemed to make her want to explode. It was the sharp pain she felt when he tried to insert a finger,/ between her thighs that made her shout and throw away herself from him, what are you trying to do she screamed at him and without a word he leaped for her again. Mary-Rose heard her friend’s scream and went fort in the direction till she was sure, only a door was separating them, she braced herself for the worst. Her screamed froze them both and Dan immediately went limp, Chioma was grateful to catch her breath as she panted a few times before standing up. Mary-Rose helped her to her feet, Dan began to apologize but the two girls left him before he could complete a statement. We must tell Sam, Mary-Rose said as they made their way downstairs, oh no dear, I have had enough humiliation for one day.
Sam couldn’t find Nicole and her phone was switched off, he decided to go and wait for her in the car, he was still trying her number as he made his way to outside the compound. Amanda hunted for Victoria all over the place but couldn’t find her, she couldn’t reach her on cell too, maybe she was somewhere cleansing her mind with tears. It was what ladies do at times like this, she had been there so she knew, deciding to call her later, she started walk towards the gate it was then she saw him walk past it. The man she love looking like a drifting shadow of him as he moved, her heart reached out and she quickened her steps towards him.
When the stood facing each other, Sam tried to say something but choked on the words, Amanda spread out her hands and held her man tightly. It took the sound of a car horn to seprate the two love birds, Sam cursed under his breath before following Amanda to her car. I think we should go to my house first so i can rid of everybody before we go out? Sam asked expecting a yes! from the beautiful over face smiling at him, I am sorry boo but I have a flight to catch tonight in port-harcourt she replied getting into her car. Whats so sudden dear? It is a girls’s thing, i will see you in onitsha next weekend, when Amanda left,  Sam stood for seconds trailing her car with his eyes until it was gone from view. What is wrong Nicole, you look like you cried Sam asked his sister he approached them, forget it is a girl’ thing she replied settling into the passenger seat beside him, Sam wanted to ask Mary-Rose why her friend looked upset, it was probably a girl’s thing too he thought. Brother i saw you with Aunty Amanda, are you guys back together? Mary-Rose with exictment in her voice, I don’t know Rossi time will tell.
To be continued……..
*PS Happy new year everyone, wish you all a productive year ahead. #greendiarynotescollection #greendiarynotes


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