“Val can we discuss privately?”, Tessy said to me as Adaora went through her children’s pictures, after the meal. I hesitated a bit, while Adaora looked up suspiciously.

“i won’t take much of your time please” She added and stood up. I breathed deeply before standing, i really wasn’t comfortable leaving Adaora alone with Elinor, but i equally couldn’t ‘say no’ to our host.
I calmly followed her to the other wing of the house, where she stopped, turned and stared at me seriously.

“why did you bring her here?, how could you do something so silly?” she asked with a drawn face,

“didn’t you ask us to come?” i answered curiously,

“i was only bluffing, now where do this leave us?” she asked seriously.

“i really don’t know” i replied sincerely.

“she now knows my face, knows my name, knows where i live and wants to be friends with me, are you blind not to see what is happening eeh?” she asked,

“the person responsible for everything is your friend Elinor, she’s the brain behind all that’s happening, arn’t you surprised that all these are happening just a week after i reported her behaviour to you?” I asked. She rubbed her face and looked down in doubt.

“Val i can’t afford to lose you, i do apologize for the way i behaved yesterday, you know my feelings were hurt when your ‘Ada’ called me. So what do you suggest we do?” she held my hands and stared at me seriously.

“you won’t breathe a word about us to anyone especially to Elinor, from this moment. That’s the only way out, we can still continue seeing each other secretly, but not in your house anymore” i managed to say. A frown instantly appeared on her face.

“all these troubles just to have you huh?” she asked coldly,

“yea it’s either that or nothing” i replied. She sighed,

“why are you scared of that Jerk you call your girlfriend? I think i have to put her in her place, before she does more damage” She said, hissed and returned to the sitting room, without bothering to hear my response..

“i know you are having a relationship with her, and i also know she’s way too young to do business with your dad. I think i got all the information i needed, so what do i do with you?” Adaora asked on our way home, thirty minutes later. I simply ignored her, looked out of the taxi window and pretended as if i didn’t hear her. It really was a big mistake taking her to Tessy’s house.

“i don’t think you love me, because If you do, you won’t be cheating on me with every woman that comes your way, how long will i endure this” she sobbed inside the car, without caring that we weren’t alone.

“i had a tough time fighting Chinwe, how do i fight Tessy? How do i face such a mean lady?. I hate you Val, i hate you” she sobbed

To be continued.

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