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BN Prose: A Step Back by Olajumoke Omisore

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I couldn’t let go.The last time I let go, I had no idea that thirteen wild years would pass before his arms shrouded my body in his again.
Of all the places in the world, I can’t believe you are here, Folake. I thought you moved to London. Or was it the US?” Tade asked, when he let go.

His eyes explored my body and for the first time that night, I was glad I was in my short, polka-dot dress with heels that were painful to walk in.
Yeah, I moved abroad. I was living in Manchester until two years ago. I am back in Lagos now” I told him.
Dazzling brown eyes, that seemed to be glinting, held my gaze. He had shot up in height and filled out but not an ounce of fat was visible on him. He had on a rare Alexander McQueen t-shirt that showed off his toned arms and broad shoulders. A pair of white jeans with a diamante encrusted belt clothed his lower half.
He moved his head closer to me. “Did you say, you live in Lagos now?

The music in the nightclub was deafening. We could barely hear each other above Wizkid’s Pakurumo. We were on the dance floor and young university girls in mini-skirts that looked more like belts were doing their best to Pakurumo, wriggling their melon-sized and fried egg-flat buttocks. Men in ridiculously expensive outfits were doing their best not to be outdone. A shove from behind- that I guessed had come from an excited dancer- and I was in Tade’s arms. They encircled my waist to steady me.

Let’s go upstairs to my office” he piped.
What? You are the manager of this place?” I gawked.
He grinned and grabbed hold of my hand. I followed him as he led me to the top floor of the building. His strides were full of self-assurance. He didn’t seem like the Tade I knew – the Tade that used to smile shyly every time I sneaked into the small flat he shared with his mother.
The Tade whose kisses and caresses I could still taste and feel back at home in Lagos with my parents. Kisses and caresses that would make me plead with my parents to let me go back to my grandmother’s house as soon as school closed for the semester.
Tade and his mother lived in one of the poky flats owned by Grandma in Ibadan. It was during the Christmas vacation of 1999 that I first clapped eyes on his skinny frame. Two weeks passed before he spoke to me.

We passed the VIP room and my mind went back to my friend, Mariam, who I’d come clubbing with. I hoped she was fine. She had gone to get drinks with a man we met at the club.
Tade’s office was behind a newly glossed, black door. The office was out of this world. Expensive paintings adorned the walls.It wasn’t the kind of office I imagined he would end up with.

Wow, Tade. You really manage this club?” I asked scanning the room.
Tade was by the door grinning. “Folake, I own it. I don’t manage it. Rosybells and Night Owl in Ikeja belong to me, too.
Really?” How did Tade, who had no career prospects, end up making it big?
I didn’t ask him though. Instead, I wanted to run home and scream at the mother and sister who did everything to persuade me to forget about Tade. Clearly Tade’s social class had elevated beyond what my mother expected. I caught his eyes on me and wondered if it was too late for us.
I am sorry…that I stopped coming to Ibadan after my grandma died,” I managed.
I wrote a letter and gave it to your sister for you when she and your mum came to Ibadan.” He looked wounded. The Tade I knew was back. He would have made me happy.

The years I spent in the UK were full of relationships that never developed beyond the initial stage. The man I met last year in Nigeria was worse. He was the human resources manager in Daddy’s company. Daddy was ready to promote him before we found out that he already had a wife and two baby mamas.
I never got the letter” I lied. “I didn’t know you’d left the country.” The latter was true.
I was in Belgium for five years,” Tade told me.
He stretched his arms. “Come here. Give me a proper hug. Or is there a man at home waiting?
There is no man” I told him after I had checked his fingers for rings. They were bare.
I went to him, smiling. We hugged for a while. Then we chatted for ages as if we were teenagers again.

The next night, I was back at the club. Tade was waiting in his office for me, wearing a broad grin on his face. He was telling me how there had been no other like me, when he tilted my chin up with his hand. His kiss was fervent. Urgent. I had missed him. So when he pulled me towards his office desk, I didn’t say no. Perhaps my face said something.
His whisper in my ear weakened my legs, “I have missed you. I know you have missed us too. Let’s get back what we had. Remember our first time together, honey?

I decided to let him be my man. I, his woman. Tade pulled my dress up, he paused to take out a wrapped condom from his pocket. Soon, our soft moans filled his office.I pulled down my dress afterwards. Embarrassed. Trying to explain I had never done anything like that before.
So, what?” Tade asked buckling his belt. “It is none of my business if you do. I have a fiancée at home waiting, so Folake, your antics are no business of mine.” He picked up his Smartphone from the table and headed for the door as if the last few minutes didn’t happen.

Photo Credit: madamenoire.com
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Olajumoke Omisore was born in London. Her family moved to Nigeria when she was a child. She returned to the UK as a teenager. Now, Jumoke works in a adult mental health project in Lancashire. She loves cooking when she is not writing. Jumoke is currently a student at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.

Olajumoke Omisore was born in Hammersmith. She is currently a student at the University of Central Lancashire. As a school girl, she lived in Abeokuta with her family. Her brothers and sisters had the task of explaining to their friends that she existed because she was always holed up in her bedroom, reading or writing. She finds fiction writing a blessing. Her work has appeared on African Writer and scheduled to appear in the Kalahari Review.

60 Comments

  1. Ngobeke

    October 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

    WTH??!!! Bastard!! If I had a gun, he’d be missing his brains!!

    • Naughty boy

      October 30, 2013 at 12:37 am

      Women are so gullible!…there is probably one nice guy in the corner that wants to marry her…but she saw biggest boy, money and fame…and she thought she could tie him down

      You want to chop where you did not eat…
      The guy is a confirmed Boss

  2. Autoprincess

    October 29, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Hanhan, that’s cold man, cold.

    • Autoprincess

      October 29, 2013 at 11:18 am

      On an unrelated note, BN, please help me beg the god of avatar, I don’t like this avatar o. I prefer my former one. Is there anything you can do for an old gal?

  3. Araba

    October 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Ouch!!!

  4. Amity

    October 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

    *Hands off you fire extinguisher* am sure he is heading to hell where he belong. Bastard

  5. Abby

    October 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Say Waaaatt,wow wow what a prick….he should go jump off a cliff lol

  6. nirom

    October 29, 2013 at 10:11 am

    i just knew it! he sounded too gud to be true. kai! thats deep.

  7. Tosin

    October 29, 2013 at 10:16 am

    collllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllld world.

  8. dem sabi me

    October 29, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I swear he must die ooh by fire! I will I actually do deliverance in mfm for him to die.

  9. billionaire in grace

    October 29, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Bella naija I want to read the rest of the story

  10. me2

    October 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Chai! Cold is understatement

  11. naana

    October 29, 2013 at 10:19 am

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    am raging like the sea.
    whaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttt????

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

      LOL @ “raging like the sea”. To be honest, I kinda saw a bastard move coming, with all that whisking away to the cosiness of his office “above the club”. If d man get innocent intentions, why e no arrange to meet for lunch or drinks at a quieter, saner location on a subsequent day? Na revenge dey his mind all along…

    • slice

      October 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      yes o. it was a revenge -. but for what it’s worth, it seems like she enjoyed it too 🙂

  12. natty

    October 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

    This happens frequently, that’s why I always ask ” shey, we are exclusive” and investigate before someone comes to pour acid on my fine face.

  13. Person

    October 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

    UGH!!!! This is why I don’t go back to exes!!! Not if you are the one that broke up with them! And nastily too. Some men are COLD., but DANG! Dude is a bastard!

  14. Ruby

    October 29, 2013 at 10:31 am

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaat thaaaaaaaaaaaaa heeeeeeeeeellll…i swear that fool wont make it to the stairs—cold azz bastardo

  15. her

    October 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

    loba finish

  16. Tonia Godwin

    October 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

    you may never know how that shit hurts until it happens to ya, well well, he can go – d devil for all i care #someone else will sure make him feel it# ………………… nice one Bella, you remain ma fav

  17. chydee

    October 29, 2013 at 11:03 am

    WickeD!!!!

  18. saphyah

    October 29, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Goodness!

  19. Alex

    October 29, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Damnnnnnn!!! he didnt just do that…Damnnnn him…i ll lit him up and leave

  20. lucy tracy

    October 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

    LMAO!…. Well, i’ve been in that situation ones and i know how it feels. After 3 weeks of good times with an EX, i thought we were back together only for him to say that Sex is not GUARANTY of we being in a Relationship, that we should just watch it and see how it goes. I was mad!!

  21. Finally!

    October 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Painment!!! Weyrey ni bobo yen. Many men like that. If that happens I will just tell him as you have done to me willbe done to your daughter and leave.

  22. X- Factor

    October 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    whoa

  23. Babe

    October 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    That was just COLD!

    I already got suspicious, when the following night she went to meet up with him in the club, and in his office again. Me I would jejely say ‘no thank you’. Were there no Restaurants or some OPEN / PUBLIC place they could meet up at?

    I think most of us have been there or in similar situations one time or the other. You think it’s going somewhere only to find out you’re on your own! Lol!

    Me I kukuma think sex is overrated. So any bobo can yarn all the stories and ‘I miss you’ he wants to yarn, these legs aren’t opening! Sex can be such a distraction.

  24. whyisitrequired

    October 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    My dear it happened to me too tho not exactly same process. That night when i got home he told he he had a gf. I died and died all over again

  25. QueenBee

    October 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Arrgghhh Painful!!! Giving up the cookie easily most times end in a disaster

  26. BeeEss

    October 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I actually had to go back and read that last part like 3 times to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. That is some horse and cow dunk!! What the actual French toast? Bloody Fiddle Sticks! I’m PAINED! Gastu be more careful with these oloriburuku exes. It can PAIN! What the French toast? Homeboy dipped into her cookie jar and then dipped out, cold as mother plunker! Ugh! I’m actually upset!

    • Olu

      October 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Babe, chill abeg. french toast ko, scrambled eggs
      ni.

    • beeess

      October 30, 2013 at 1:26 am

      you must be hungry.

    • Taye

      July 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      As in I did the same thing. I thought I misread the whole thing for a second. Na wa oooo

  27. Raliah

    October 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Speechless

  28. Ojuoluwa

    October 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    That’s what happens when we look to man rather than God. Call me ‘holy-holy’, I sha know that countless times God has helped me escape such traps by showing me true love. Why put the dang horse before the cart, biko?

  29. daisy

    October 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    1 word……. OUCH!

  30. naana

    October 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    whyisitrequired: thank God you resurrected.

  31. Ready

    October 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    But people, this was night 2 o! As in TWO! She hadn’t seen him in 13 years, and she did the do on Night 2. I’m not the moral police, but c’mon! And then Inside her head, she decided to let him be her man and didn’t ask him. Of course bobo knew what was up; she saw his letter years ago but didn’t answer…thought his life wasn’t going anywhere. Did she think he would still be pining for a girl who didn’t contact him for 13 years? Na only she like beta thing?
    Ladies, you can’t decide inside your brain that he’s your man and you, his woman. He gats to say it with his mouth…until then, it’s Russian roulette sometings. Bastard prick or no, he aint lie to her. She assumed, and you know what happens when people ASSume.

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      October 30, 2013 at 8:05 am

      Best comment ever!!! Imagine the assumption… After 13yrs she think say d guy dey wait for am abi? Na craze? Ok when he asked her if there was a man waiting why didn’t she ask her own too? The guy did no wrong o…It was mutual consent things btw 2 adults. If I preach abstinence now…..all the psychologists will jump out

  32. Abiola

    October 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    lobatan…dead

  33. Enne

    October 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Hmmmmmm! this is a serious matter.

  34. Joan85

    October 29, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Thunder wey no get mama and pap go fire am before he reaches that door!! Mscheewwww!
    This happens to women all.the.time. It’s just sad. 🙁

  35. Omotoyosi

    October 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Ouch!… Had to read the last paragraph again. God help us all, it could be anybody especially when the feeling is still there. In summary, he won’t leave without an IGBATI from me.. that will at least calm the embarrassment a little.

  36. Zayt

    October 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    My God! *mouth still open* Speechless!!!

  37. mia

    October 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    seriously, i don’t understand how ladies just easily sleep with some random guy after speaking with him for a couple of hours. like seriously, i need to understand how that works for them, cos as far as i know, u need some level of connection to be able to start getting down with a man and i doubt if that connection can be established within hours and don’t even tell me u’ve known him before. 13yrs is a long time and in my books, anybody i’ve not seen for that long is a total stranger, human beings evolve over time. i know everybody is blaming the guy, but me, i blame the chic, she’s gullible and stupid. with all her education and experiences with failed relationships, she should know better, she should go home and count her losses, she’ll learn to keep the cookie in the cookie jar next time.

  38. Nwa.baby

    October 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Oh Sh!t!! Damn!

    I’m with Ready tho…na she fall her own hand building air castles like a 5 year old…’my man’ ko.

  39. M.h

    October 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Baba God please deliver somebody into my hands just as you
    delivered folake into Tade’s hands..payback season

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      October 30, 2013 at 8:08 am

      loooooooooool! M.h forgive o, forgive.. You cannot say you have not broken up with someone before, if God delivers you into the person’s hand imagine how vicious the cycle will be and how bitter everyone will be. Forgive my dear..Its better to let Karma catch up with the person, you aint God.

  40. Omotoyosi

    October 29, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    [email protected] M.h.. But remember KARMA is a bitch especially if you think of doing such to someone too.

  41. hot mama

    October 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    chooooooooiiiiiiii!!!

  42. Bee

    October 29, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    BUAHAHAHA! GBAMEST!

  43. frances

    October 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Ah! Wahala! I re-read d last paragraph to make sure dat I
    wasn’t seeing double.dis is real and happens all d time. It shud b
    sense over sex! Think b4 opening d legs! Guys most times don’t care
    abt d attachment,dey just want release,women on d oda hand r
    already caln him “my man”in their head. Tis a pity. D man wicked
    sha… http://imperfectlyperfect92.wordpress.com

  44. ally

    October 30, 2013 at 11:10 am

    @m. h na wa for u ooo, that kind of prayer na no dey get answer

  45. Ayreal...

    October 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Sure she wont be able to figure out her feelings for d next couple of hours-dis kain tin kan pain!-buh in d real sense of it, assumption has made so many ladies experience heartbreak. We assume too much….Beware of bad guyz in disguise of an angel..

  46. aadetoyin

    October 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Jummy have come again with her fabulous stories.
    Am sure a lot of women can relate with this story. Touching and so heartbreaking.
    Return of the ex’s can be soooo painful. Beware of them

  47. Ur third sis!!!!

    October 31, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    We want more…… Didn’t See that coming….. Honoured by my name being used but what she went through wasn’t cool…..damn Tade that was sooo mean!!!! Well done sis xxxx

  48. Tolani Oluwasore

    October 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Really enjoying this……….Tade is some piece of work. Hope Folake would go for wisdom next time. How is she going to move on from this. Pls we need more

  49. Ur third sis!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    That Tade guy needs to be slapped and everyone who supports his actions……..so immature……Tade God has blessed u no need to act bitter!!!!! Bravo job sis keep up the great job more stories!!!!!!!!!!! As for Folake, wisdom is the principle key in all ur getting understanding!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Folake

    November 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Hmm that is why u should. Zip up ooh until u say I do …..
    It’s not easy but trust me. It saves a lot of pain, shame and
    disgrace shikena… If they like let dem label u Virgin Mary or
    holier than thou mcheewwwe…WTH!

  51. Ruby

    August 18, 2014 at 10:19 am

    All this people cursing the man self.Why would a chick who hasn’t seen th guy in 10 years just assume he is single because he is not wearing a wedding ring.Plus why sleep with someone u just met a day ago..Mehn have class abeg. konji no dey hold u that bad.

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