That night, Onyi couldn’t sleep. She called her sister on phone to know if they were through with the study, but her phone was switched off.
“Ah ah, what is wrong with Anna’s phone this days? All the time switch off, I hate this kind of thing” Onyi said flinging her phone on the mattress.
“Since I can’t get Austin on phone, is it not better I travel down to Onitsha tomorrow morning? At least by then, his anger must have subsided. Yes, that is what I will do. I know he loves me, he can’t stay angry with me forever. Very early in the morning, I will reach his house before he leaves for work” Onyi said lying down to see if she can catch some sleep, but that was far fetched.
About 2:30 am, she was still awake, so she set her phone on alarm at 5:00am incase she gets carried away by sleep. Finally she slept and the alarm woke her by 5am. She said a short prayer, asking God to forgive her for lying to Austin and to also give him the heart to forgive her.
After the prayers, she got prepared and went to her sister’s hostel to tell her about her movement, but was informed by her roommate that she did not sleep in the hostel that night.
“How come? But she told me she will………..never mind, when she returns tell her I went to Onitsha, also tell her to call me” Onyi messaged
“Alright, I will….I like this your gown ooo, but just that your face is not bright, hope you are OK?” Anna’s roommate, Stella inquired
Onyi giggled weakly and explained:I am good my dear, I slept very late last night, that’s why”.
“OK then, safe journey” Stella wished her
After an hour, Onyi stormed Austin’s apartment and knocked. When he opened the door, he was so displeased to see her, his anger escalated.
They looked at each other for some minutes, but he was fuming with anger, reminiscing how that young man held her romantically on the waist that night.
“Onyinye, have I not warned you to forget everything about me? This relationship is over. Thanks to you, I will never trust any woman again. I’m sure you are not expecting to step your miserable foot into this house, go back to that your boyfriend, we are done”
“Austin, you should have told me you have another woman in your life, instead of making up stories. Now I know…” Onyi said looking down.
When Austin looked at the direction her eyes were staring at, he saw Anna’s slippers, and said: “It doesn’t matter anymore, you can think whatever you want to, I don’t care. So leave and never come back.”
As Austin was still speaking, Onyi remembered that her sister has the exact slippers but waved the thought off, that she can’t be the only person to have that kind of slippers, but when she remembered she did not sleep in her hostel, she started having a second thought.
“What am I even thinking, it can’t be Anna naw. It’s not possible” Onyi said in her heart discarding the thoughts. But her feelings kept hitting stronger that Anna was inside that house.
“Austin, I want to see the woman you brought into your house, atleast to congratulate her for snatching you from me.”
To be continued