Steps of love – Episode 3
So Amanda collected the phone from Ifunanya.
“It’s ringing already, place it on your ear” Ifunanya urged
“Yes, I know, but bear in mind you are the one forcing me to do this. I don’t feel like talking to him”
“Sshhh..you are on call, you want him to hear you?” Ifunanya screamed in a very low tone
Amanda was still having words in her mouth when Victor answered the call.
“Amanda? Oh my God. It’s still your voice, it hasn’t changed a bit” Victor said from his end, feeling excited hearing Amanda’s voice
Amanda who was filled with anger got a calm breeze, brushing the surface of her skin after hearing Victor’s voice. She froze and lost her words.
Ifunanya who noticed the calm look on Amanda’s face wondered what was going on. She expected Amanda to feel irritated hearing Victor’s voice.
“Amanda, are you there? I know it’s you, it’s still the same voice which has been my companion for years. Yes, I know your voice and the sound of your breath” Victor calmly said
“Vi..Victor, how are you? Um.. long time” Amanda startled
“Yes, long time. It’s so beautiful to hear your voice again. And by the way, I kind of overheard you talking to someone about not feeling like talking to him, hope you were not referring to me? Because I’m ready to apologise for not keeping in touch after I left school” Victor said, thinking that Amanda was angry with him for not being in touch
Ifunanya wasn’t comfortable with what was happening. She expected Amanda to have ended the call.
Amanda was having confusion running all over her head on how calm Victor was sounding. She expected some kind of rude attitude from him, but he was sounding cool and responsible.
“What’s happening, just end the call already. Don’t allow him to sweet talk you into seeing him as a good person” Ifunanya urged in a very low tone
“Amanda, you are not saying anything. Are you not happy to hear my voice? Ok, I am so sorry sweetheart, I…”
“Um, Victor, can we talk later?” Amanda cut in
“No, don’t end the call. Just tell him you want to attend to your husband” Ifunanya reminded her in a very low tone
Amanda nodded, returning to the call, but still found it difficult to lie she was married. “I….I…..Victor, I….”
“Yes, you miss me right?” Victor asked so intimately
Amanda was having so many things running in her head. She couldn’t bring herself down to lying to Victor and she then ended the call.
“What was the meaning of that?” Ifunanya rushed a question
“I couldn’t find myself lying to him. I lost my voice”
“Thie is not good at all” Ifunanya said in her heart, feeling bitter as she continued looking at Amanda who was explaining how strange she felt after hearing Victor’s voice
“To tell you the honest truth, I was so mad at him. I only made that call because you forced me to and I was also planning on mentioning that I was married, but those anger left my heart the moment I heard his voice. It was so strange. Oh my God! I miss him so much. Wait, why is my spirit so elevated?” Amanda wondered, touching her heart
Ifunanya doesn’t like what was happening
“You never told me you have feelings for Victor?” Ifunanya asked, in a straight up tone
“I never said so, but I am so excited to hear his voice. Ify, are you sure he is married? Maybe, he lied just like you did, you know.”
“What are you saying? Does it mean you did not hear a word I just explained?” Ifunanya asked, in a bit harsh voice
“I am sorry, I didn’t mean to upset you. Just that he doesn’t sound like a married man to me. And he doesn’t sound like someone who has an atom of rudeness in him. He sounded like our best friend, Victor. A friend we missed so much” Amanda tried explaining her self
“You are choosing him over me. I told you how he mistreated me today, instead, you are saying nice things about him and taking his sides. I thought you are my best friend, you should consider my feelings. I won’t forgive him for insulting the woman in me and so should you” Ifunanya angrily said, walking inside the room.
“Wait, but I thought you said you have forgiven him?” Amanda asked as Ifunanya continued walking inside without replying her
Amanda sat on the chair, thinking over everything. The story Ifunanya narrated and her brief chat with Victor.
Victor was in his room, still waiting for Amanda to call back and was wondering why his feelings for her never changed, even after hearing she was married. It even got stronger after hearing her over the phone.
“And that background statement, who was she referring to? Oh! Now I get it, Ifunanya told her about my feelings and she is trying to avoid me because she is married. Well, I will grant her that. I think it’s time I killed this feelings before I engage in some acts I will end up regretting” Victor concluded, determining to burn every passion he ever developed for Amanda
To be continued
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