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A lass in Lagos: that bus ride like no other
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A lass in Lagos: a jolly good fellow
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A lass in Lagos: oshodi oke
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Sometimes the heart takes the long way home…39 & 40
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Sometimes the heart takes the long way home…35 – 38
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Sometimes the heart takes the long way home…31 – 34
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Sometimes the heart takes the long way home…29 & 30
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Sometimes the heart takes the long way home…27 & 28
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Sometimes the heart takes the long way home…25 & 26
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Sometimes the heart takes the long way home…21 – 24

Sometimes the heart takes the long way home…39 & 40

‘Ok. Do a lap dance or get a pole,’ Trish said, with a laugh.

Naji joined in. ‘You’re a spoilt woman, Trish. Give your life to Christ!’

The other woman exploded into raucous laughter. ‘Isn’t that grand enough? Either one you choose, it will be a complete surprise and so uncomfortable for you plus…yummy, you’ll be wearing only your underwear. Not sure what will happen after you’re done with your routine sha.’

Naji almost choked with amusement. ‘You’re not helping at all. And I called you for ideas.’

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Sometimes the heart takes the long way home…35 – 38

‘What are you saying?’ The rustic tones had lost some of its feistiness.

She waved at him. ‘Your stance, your words, Tay,’ she began. ‘You’re battle ready. That outfit says it all.’

‘Because our circumstances have changed overnight,’ he responded. ‘I was going to accept whatever bitter pill you threw at me but seeing you, seeing you lying there last night, I knew I wasn’t going to let you go without a fight this time. The news about the baby, well, it took my resolve a notch higher. I want both of you. So here I am.

She closed the gap between them, lowering her gaze. ‘Oh Tay, I wasn’t…’, she paused, and made another restless motion with her hand. ‘I was coming to tell you that I didn’t want to spend the next 17 years without you.’

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Sometimes the heart takes the long way home…31 – 34

Her day had been relatively easy-going save for that uncomfortable incident at the hospital. Try as hard as she could to erase the image of Tayo and Adaobi from her head, it played over and again; no matter how much she cluttered it with other thoughts. The kiss had been fervent, similar to the kind she’d shared with Tayo on several occasions. She developed a headache just thinking about it.

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Sometimes the heart takes the long way home…25 & 26

I have every reason to come back safely. You are all my reasons.’ And tilting his head to the side, he kissed her slowly, lingering on every inch of her mouth as though attempting to create a lasting memory while they were apart. ‘Good night, love.’ He whispered in her ear when they eventually separated.

‘Godspeed.’ She whispered back, then watched him leave, closing the door quietly behind him for the second time that day

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