They were seated on a couch in his house, they were talking and laughing and they were obviously married because hanging on the wall of the sitting room were frames of her personal pictures and the ones they took together. He couldn’t make out what they were talking about but they were sure having fun.
That was the second time he was having a dream like that about her.
Now he understood! The déjà vu feeling he got when he met her was as a result of the dream he had twice. He knew he had seen her somewhere but he didn’t know where. At first when he had the dream, he didn’t know what to make of it so he prayed but forgot about it. The second time it was like a trance because he was at the office and he wasn’t asleep. He felt God was saying something to him but he hadn’t been sensitive at the time.
He told Pastor Abioye, his pastor and friend about it and he had suggested and joined him in a 3 day prayer and fasting session for a better clarification of what God was saying and what He wanted him to do. Voila! It was three weeks after the prayer and fasting that Tomide met her at the shopping mall and she was more beautiful than she was in the dream. The only reason he didn’t show his shock and excitement was because he knew he had to play smart and not scare her away but he ended up being stupid because he forgot to get her telephone number.
He was very upset with himself that he forgot God had already told him to leave everything to Him and true to the word of God, their paths crossed again. They met for the second time at one of his respectable clients and friend’s child dedication. He saw her look towards his side where he was standing after the service. He didn’t want to take the moment for granted again because if he did God was going to be blame him for being sluggish and not smart.
He went in search of her in the church auditorium. He didn’t know if that was the church she attended so the option of describing her to one of the ushers to help search for her was out of it. Immediately he got outside the church, he saw her getting into her car so he quickly got to her side and greeted her politely.
She was not one to pretend not to recognize people after a brief meeting with them. She recognized him immediately she saw him because she greeted him warmly with a wide smile revealing her gap teeth. They talked briefly and exchanged telephone numbers. He gave her a call that evening and they spoke at length like they had known each other for a long time.
After the call he felt the need to know her more but he wanted to keep it cool. He didn’t want her feeling pestered so he called her two consecutive times after then before asking her out on a date. By then they were more comfortable with each other. On his side he was very sure of what God wanted for him and he was beginning to like her too but he was willing to take baby steps towards this.
Tomide was tired of the tension between him and his wife. He had told her several times that with or without kids he still loved her and he was never going to leave her except death made them part, just as they swore on their wedding day. He couldn’t help but think back to the beginning of their relationship. She had been so beautiful in the pink skirt and blouse she wore with a matching head gear. Her make-up was subtle, with her lip stick matching colour of her dress.
He still remembered the exact way she looked the day he met her again at Tolu and Biola’s child dedication. She used to have a very great dress sense but since the miscarriage happened, she had stopped dressing good. He knew looking good was the least of her problems and he didn't want to bug her about it. She was more concerned about getting pregnant again and having a child. Tomide was no longer comfortable with her attitude and he had spoken to her about it . He didn’t know how else to talk to her and they were drifting apart gradually but that was not an excuse for him to continue seeing Adesola.
If she was somewhere else, there was every probability she was going to scream out loud but she couldn’t because she was at the office. Dieko stopped reading the bible passage immediately she saw the first line of the scripture because it was all too familiar.
“Dieko what is it?” Tolu asked, seeing the look on Dieko's face.
“Tolu indeed our God is awesome” Tears was rolling down Dieko's face this time. “You won’t believe this was the same scripture I heard yesterday night when I was down in my spirit. I knew it was the Holy Spirit and I held unto it, and hearing you again this afternoon is the final confirmation I need that God is really at work in my life. He is on my case already.”
“It’s okay, you don’t have to weep again. The Lord has wiped your tears already” Tolu was on her feet now, patting her back and cleaning the tears off her face. “Very soon you will testify to the goodness of God. Now you see why I said I just love God? He told you something and He is confirming it through me again. You remember the scripture that says any charge must be sustained by the evidence of two or three witnesses. My dear just keep rejoicing in anticipation.”
“Thank you so much Tolulope, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You are more than a friend to me. You are the sister I don’t have. I love you so much” She still had tears in her eyes. She hugged her. “Thank you for standing by me and for always tolerating my sometimes appalling attitude.” She was smiling now.
They both burst into laughter.
“I have another apology to make to my husband when I get home tonight, I have not been nice to him lately”Dieko said.
“You better apologise very well and make it spicy too” Tolu said winking and smiling mischievously.
“Trust me now, in fact over spicy.” Dieko winked back and laughed.
“I’m sure it’s past lunch time already” She said checking her watch.“Ooops! Its ten minutes past, I have to run back to my office. Aunty Dee didn’t allow us eat today” She was patting her bump and speaking to it.“Don’t mind her when we get home we’ll report her to daddy” She said laughing.
“I’m sorry my darling and its only you I’m apologizing to not your mommy” Dieko rubbed Tolu's belly, laughing.
“I’ll be leaving the office early. I’m going for ante natal. I'll buzz you when I get home. Make sure you take care of yourself. Bye.” Tolu blew her a kiss and breezed out of her friend’s office.
With her friend gone she went back to her seat and smiled to herself, knowing that very soon she would be the one going for ante natals.
“You are the ever faithful God and your word is yea and amen, you have the final say over every situation. Thank you Lord for the confirmation of your word, thank you Lord what you have done in times past, for what you are doing presently and in anticipation of what you are yet to do. I give you glory over the life of my friend and my sister, thank you Lord for by faith you have turned her sorrow into joy, thank you because your promise is being established in her life and her home. Thank you Jesus.”
Tolu couldn’t stop thanking God. Finally! A word came from God. They’d been praying for a long time now; her and her husband Biola. They had taken it upon themselves to seek the face of the Lord every month through special prayer and fasting concerning Tomide and Dieko's childless state. It was as though God had turned deaf ears to them because with all their prayers, there was still no word from Him. Recently they started becoming weary and their faith was wavering but because of their level of relationship with God, they knew it was the devil trying to make them weary and lose hope probably because their request was about to be granted.
She was happy when she heard the clear and audible still small voice. She couldn’t wait to leave the hospital and give her husband the gist. She wasn’t paying attention to what the nurse addressing them was saying, after all she has been down this lane before and it was as if the woman was repeating what the matron had earlier said in verbatim. She was tired of sitting in the so-called general hospital and listening to the ill-mannered nurse address them rudely all in the name of ante natal checks.
Checking the time on her phone, she rolled her eyes and adjusted on her seat then she sent her husband a message. She would rather gist with her husband on BB than listen to the ‘epistle’ the nurse was giving. They had thirty more minutes to go.
She was driving at the same time thinking of how to give her husband a special treat that night. Immediately a thought popped in her head. It was too late to prepare any elaborate meal so she decided to work with something else. She parked by the roadside and called someone. After she had ended the call, she called her husband to find out where he was. Thankfully, he was still at the office and wasn’t going to be home until about 8:00 pm.
“My love, please wait for me at your office I’ll be there say in……” She checked her watch. It was 6:30 pm “thirty minutes time.... or ....no...... I’ll be there at exactly 7:30.” She was smiling now. “Don’t worry all is well. Just wait for me there. Bye and yes I love you”
She was grinning from ear to ear now. Yes! Her plan was turning out fine. She smiled, navigated her car towards the main road and zoomed off.
She left home that morning feeling very moody and now she called him ‘My Love’ and she also said 'I love you'. Tomide couldn't recall the last time they said that to each other. She definitely had something up her sleeves because she didn’t just act like that without reason. Women. They could be so unpredictable sometimes. He was going to be patient for her to unravel her plans, at least she was in a better mood and that was enough reason to be happy. He got back to work smiling.
Immediately Dieko got home, she went straight to their closet to search for what to wear. She finally settled for the dress Tomide bought her on their 1st wedding anniversary; a black satin dress trimmed with pearls and sequins. She dashed to the bathroom for a quick shower. She was done dressing under thirty minutes. She took a look at herself in the full length mirror beside the dressing table and she was satisfied with the figure staring back at her. She let her hair down because her husband liked it cascading down her shoulder and back. She smiled at the thought of Tomide’s words whenever she lets down her hair in its full glory. He always said "flaunt it cos you've got it!"
She had a tiny pearl earring pinned to her ear and her make-up was subtle with the shade of pink lipstick Tomide liked. It was all about him tonight. Enough with the cold attitude. She looked at herself in the mirror one last time, dabbed her nose with a little more powder and did some adjustments here and there. She picked up her red purse matching with the red stiletto Loub heels she had on and left the room. It was 7:00 pm already. She had thirty minutes to get to Tomide’s office and she didn’t want to keep him waiting. She rushed out immediately she heard the honk of the car.
The ambience was warm and cosy. There were few people seated and most of them were obviously couples having a nice time. They walked past the tables to another area of the restaurant that was secluded and had been reserved for them. She had already called the restaurant to make reservations and she called her cab man who had dropped her off at her husband’s office. The table for two was nicely decorated and soft music filled the space. Immediately they were seated, a waiter was there to take their order. They placed their orders and after the waiter left, Tomide couldn’t hold his thoughts any more. He voiced out with a puzzled look on his face.
“Dee, what are we celebrating? I don’t seem to know the reason behind this. First you called me to wait up for you at the office, then you came down in a taxi all dressed up, asked me to allow you drive the car and you also told me not to say or ask you anything till we get to where we were going. I have been obedient all the way, so please don’t let me die in silence.”He said all in one breath.
She rolled eyes and laughed
“Hey Mr Williams relax, okay? There’s no cause for alarm.” She stretched out her hands across the table and held his, entwining their fingers together. Looking him straight in the eyes, she smiled.
“My love, I’m very sorry. I know I have not been much of a darling wife lately and I noticed it has put a strain on our relationship...”.
“Sssshhh...” Tomide placed his fore finger on her lips to stop her from continuing. “It’s okay darling, no need to explain yourself I understand. Thank God you are in a better mood now, let’s forget it.” He was smiling now “If that is the reason for this, then let’s enjoy the moment.” He winked at her and kissed the back of her hands.
“Lest I forget, you look beautiful as before, in fact more beautiful. I can see you used my favourite lipstick Avon – frostiest mauve. Am I right?" He laughed. "I bless the day I met you at that store. I won’t lie I noticed your gap teeth first then the lipstick before even taking a proper look at your face.” He winked and they both laughed this time.
The waiter was back with their orders and a bottle of Ariel. They both had an Italian dish of Spaghetti with Fresh Breadcrumbs, Garlic and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil as the main course and Torta di riso for dessert. They talked while eating, reminiscing on old times together. When they were done, Tomide wanted to pay but Dieko insisted.
“No way darling! This is my treat for you and I owe you this one.” She said as she placed the money in the bill slip on the table. “Thank you for forgiving me and for coming here with me tonight.”
“Thanks for the surprise too. Are we good to go now?” Tomide said, standing up and helping his wife up too, he hugged her and gave her a soft kiss on the lips. “Nothing is ever gonna change my love for you Diekolooreoluwasimi. I love you darling.”
“I love you too” she said still blushing.
Dieko told her husband about the confirmation Tolu had from God on their way home. He was happy about it though he already knew God was closeby.
“The confirmation shall become a reality today” he said grinning from ear to ear as he carried her upstairs into their bedroom. Even the sound of his ringing phone could not stop him. Whoever was calling would call back if it was important.
She was restless. He wasn’t picking her call. He seemed to be playing the faithful husband but she was going to get him at all cost whether he liked it or not. She was not going to back out until she had her way and she had it all planned out.
And Anyone who tried to obstruct her plans would pay dearly for it....even if such person was his wife.
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*written and submitted by Fisayo Akanbi