I woke up somewhat around 5:40pm to the sound of Frank rummaging through his box and files in the room.
“Guy, how far? Wetin you dey find wey you scatter place?” I asked.
“I just got an invite for XYZ recruitment test scheduled for Saturday in their PH test center,” he said as he flipped through some documents in the file he was holding.
“Na wah o! Why you just get your own invite 1 day to the test? Some guys I knew got theirs last week and even up to Monday. I didn’t even know you applied,” I asked him, surprised.
“As a matter of fact, I was sent the invite since Monday in a mail. Don’t know why I didn’t get mine as text message but when I was discussing with Jude, he asked me to check my email which I did and saw the invite in the spam folder,” he said, moving around the room.
“So, what’s the plan now?” I asked.
“Leaving first thing tomorrow morning. Mumsy dey ask of you sef,” he said, closing the box, perhaps having found what he was looking for.
“Dem don return?” I asked as I sat up picking up my phone.
“Just she and Favour. Popsy dem get governing council meeting with some visitors from Abuja,” he said as he began arranging some clothes in his shuttle bag.
On my phone screen, I saw a message from Ella.
***hey! sori 4 makin u tk d test wit me. Just wanted 2 put u @ ease. Bt I guess I went abt it d wrong way n only succeeded in gettin u pissed…Couldn’t face u afta dat, but had wanted to say tnks 4 givin life 2 my fantasy***
Shaking my head I hissed, “This girl is sure possessed,” I said under my breath.
“Who be that?” Frank asked.
“Na Ella o…How far you and Juliet sef?” I replied and asked him at the same time.
“Omo, that girl get winch(pidgin for witch), I swear. But na later gist,” he said.
Dad was not home for dinner so mum asked us to eat because she would wait for him.
Fay: How are you going? (directing the question to Frank)
Frank: Through Abakaliki to return Monday through Calabar. I’ll leave PH on Sunday.
“Make sure you carry some yam tubers and that plantain bunch I brought from work today for my sister (his aunt he was going to stay with), don’t go there empty handed,” Frank’s mum called out from the living room.
Frank murmured, “Mumsy, I been no plan carry load travel o.”
“To carry food for your aunt is now punishment, abi? Who’s paying for the load?” mum shot back from the living room
Favour: Shey na inside booth the motor go carry am and not your leg?
Frank: Na women dey carry foodstuffs dey waka.
Favour: I no blame you. Na because I carry your foodstuffs for you when you dey school na why you get mouth.
Frank: Obudu-Calabar na straight journey and na one Motor till you reach Etagbor (the street where they lived back in Calabar).
Me: Fay, how was work today? (I asked when I got tired of their arguments)
Fay: Fine o. Tomorrow is half day, lemme come back and rest sef.
Me: Half day because of…?
Frank: The new yam celebration is on Saturday.
Me: Will the café be open? I need to do some work.
Frank: Yes. But you have data on your phone, abi?
Me: Yeah, but I need to update my system and check all those client sites I run to update their themes and plugins (I design WordPress sites also). Na plenty data be that.
***After Dinner, we’re all in the living room***
Mum: Fury how’s the holiday going?
Me: Fine. Making good use of your WiFi in the school since Monday.
Mum: Is that thing free? Thought It was secured…
Frank: I paid for a password.
Fay: How many people can use the same password at once? (she asked in a bid to say she knew Frank had so many free passwords)
Frank: That I’m in the café doesn’t mean I’m online.
***We heard Dad honk outside***
***Dad and Mum having dinner***
I chatted with Dolly, Laura, and a few other contacts during which Favour sent me a message
Fay: Missed you.
Me: Same here.
Fay: You don’t act it.
Me: How else do you want me to? You’ve been busy all week.
Fay: Not even a kiss. Thought you would have checked me in my office when you came around. Perhaps I’m not that important.
Me: It’s not like that. Just that it never occurred to me that I could come over.
Fay: We’re saying the same thing. If I were important you would have at least asked if you could stop by.
Me: I’m sorry. Guess I’ll come over next week.
Fay: Still guessing?
Me: Ok. I’ll come over.
Fay: You’ll drop Frank tomorrow morning at the park
Me: Not a problem.
**** The next morning ***
It was around 4:30am when Frank woke up and began to prepare for his trip. By 5:15am, I was driving him out of the compound with Favour closing the gate. Just when I was about to zoom off, she came out through the smaller gate and entered behind.
Frank: Where you dey go?
Fay: Anything wrong in following my younger brother to the park? Besides, if Fury didn’t come around, who would have gone to drop you?
Frank: Hahaha! Thanks big sis.
Five minutes later, we were at Ogoja road where he was to board a car to Abakaliki. Getting there, we saw a car that had just one passenger to go and ten minutes later, they had left the park. Favour and I were on our way back home.
Getting to the gate, I stopped for her to alight and open the gate, but unknown to me, she had her own plans.
To be continued…