The Cracked Screen

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Emails to mum
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Loving, Every Minute
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His mother’s son
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Can you stop the rain?
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I like me better when I’m with you
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Thinking about your love
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Is it my turn?
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I didn’t know my own strength
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Because you loved me
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At the end of the tunnel

Emails to mum

Author’s note: For some reason, oniovo, I couldn’t get this character out of my head. He kept running around in my mind like a real person, and l looked out for him in Lagos traffic! So I gave him a few more paragraphs, hoping to write him out of my consciousness. It worked. Not completely though. He’s still there. Lurking in a corner, smirking at me. However, this is a start. If, unlike me, you’re done with these two and their story please let me know. I’ll spare you this epilogue until I post new material . If not, I hope you enjoy reading (as much as I did writing) for the next 12 days. Emails to mum 1.She calls me Edosa, mum. The name you gave me. Sometimes negligently. Often intentionally. And it makes me mushy in her arms. I can catch the stars out of the sky for her. Stop the rain from falling once she mentions my name that way. Do you recall meeting her? We visited you last month. For a whole week. The week of my birthday. Esohe. She spent each day of it by your side, talking to you, taking selfies and reporting my antics to you. How I distracted her at the meeting where we met at first instance. Rushed her into the relationship which we both can’t seem to do without now. As I observed her with you, it produced the idea for these mails, and Adesuwa has graciously committed to reading them out to you for the next one year only. Thank you, Ade! They like Esohe – Ade & Ivie. I don’t know how I’d have reacted if they didn’t. Ade has always been protective of me; so her initial reservation, hesitation towards Esohe did not come as a surprise. Ivie, on the other hand, became friends with her immediately. Happy 60th birthday, mum! I understand it was a quiet celebration since you were mostly unaware of much of the goings-on. Nevertheless, I speak for all of us when I say we are all grateful you saw your diamond year.”more

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His mother’s son

He sighed. “Jennifer, mother hen, is clearly the oldest of you lot; she’s about 36 maybe younger.” He began. “Alero is the baby of the group; I’ll put her age at 29 or 30. She can’t be more than 31. You are smack in the middle of the trio. Give or take, you’re between 33 and 35 years. But you look 27.” He continued confidently. “Anyway, I don’t care how old you are. You’re definitely not as old as I am and you’ve had a child already, so getting the next shouldn’t be a problem. I also believe in the options of science and the miracle of God. We are sorted as it is.” He concluded.

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I like me better when I’m with you

“We all have a past – whether it returns to haunt us or not. Dealing with it with the people in the present helps to keep it firmly where it belongs – in the past. “He shook his head. “And I told you not to dismiss me again, Esohe. Do you remember? After my first meeting with Folarin? I knew what I was getting into when I got involved with you. I like my cases dismissed; not me. But no, you went right ahead to not only dismiss me but also break up with me when it mattered most. Was I supposed to be in your life just for the good times? The outings? The fun? Uh, Esohe?”

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Thinking about your love

For wia I wan leave you?” Her friend sounded pissed; her voice becoming closer, stronger. “If Jeje nor go tell you, I go tell you! How you go do dat kain tin? Let dat bastard Folarin make you troway a whol’ Eddie for corner? Eh? Our Eddie!” She seethed. “You get luck say I nor dey town when you try dat nonsense! I for go fin’ Folarin, bus’ bottle for im head. Cari the remainin’ con bus’ for your own.”

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Is it my turn?

She willed him to have the presence of mind to offer her Eddie’s number because she didn’t know how to go about asking for it without raising his eyebrows. She was already certain he was finding this conversation weird and didn’t want to put him in a more uncomfortable position. “Okay. Thanks.” Reluctantly, she broke the connection.

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I didn’t know my own strength

“If you ever threaten me with Osayu again, Jeff Kimble has promised to fire and blacklist you in that order.” Her voice was steel razing silk asunder. “I have it in writing, and witnessed too. Do you want a copy?” She asked suddenly, her eyes watching him. “So call off your dog who has been tailing me for weeks. Don’t come within certain prescribed yards of me or Osayu. Visitations with him will be supervised from now on at my discretion. You lost the right to be anything to us four years ago.” She continued in a cold monotone. “If you don’t like these terms, you can return to wherever you’ve been holed up in for the last four years.” She drew a steadying breadth. “The only regret I have in all of this is letting you harm my relationship with Eddie…and coming in between Ifeanyi and you. But then, if he really is your best buddy, wouldn’t you be a different man by now, allowing his good qualities rub off on you? Instead of this tyrant you have become?”

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