The next weekend, I went to the Daniel’s place. I met Paul at the mansion. They both welcomed me and I tabled Tunde’s issue. “Please guys, I need your help.”
“You want us to help him get a job after everything he did to you?” Paul asked.
“Let him get himself a job, Daniella. I don’t know why you’ve made it your duty.” Daniel said.
“Hello... this is Nigeria! Getting a job here is not that easy except you have connections.”
“Paul has a lot of connections. I guess he can help,” Daniel said.
“And you don’t have any?” Paul tackled.
“Daniella, stay away from that guy. I don’t want him to hurt you. You’ve done enough for him already.” Daniel said.
“He’s not that kind of a person, it was frustration that led him to do what he did. He can’t hurt me.”
“Daniel is right, you have to be careful around him,” said Paul.
“You guys don’t get it; this is a guy I used to love, I can’t just abandon him like that.”
“Let me have his CV,” Paul said.
“Thanks, you are a darling.”
I handed over the CV to him and gave him a peck on the cheek.
“I’m sorry I can’t help. You know he can’t work for me.” Daniel said.
“I know, but you know people who can help. You can talk to your clients. I know you want to help him, but you are just hurt because of what he did to me in the past,” I said with all seriousness.
He stretched forth his hand and I handed the CV to him.
“I’ll send a soft copy to your emails too,” I said to both of them.
Paul looked at Daniel and asked, “Who says women don’t have a forgiven spirit?”
“My fiancée is one of the exceptions,” Daniel replied him.
“See, it takes the grace of God to forgive. It’s true that he hurt me in the past, but who am I not to forgive him. As long as God forgives our sins, we have to learn to forgive others too,” I explained.
“That’s the spirit and I'm proud of you my baby.” Daniel said and hugged me.
I told Daniel we’re having a midterm break in school and he insisted I spend the break with him.
“You have a whole IT firm to run, remember?” I said.
“I can work from home, you know. I want to spend time with you. If you don’t come, that means I wont see you this week. You already have plans for Saturday or are you no longer going for the workshop you told me about?” He asked.
“I’ll be going,” I replied.
“The break is on Friday and Monday, so spend the Friday with me and you can have Monday to yourself.”
“Why are you so good at planning my schedules for me? OK, I will get back to you, sweetheart.”
I told him I can’t promise him anything yet but I’ll get back to him to let him know if I’ll be coming or not. We talked about other things for a while before he ended the call.
I informed my mum that I’ll be going to Daniel’s place on Friday.
“I thought you'll use the midterm break to rest,” she queried.
“My plan was to stay indoors, but Daniel change my plans. Midterm break is Friday and Monday. I will rest on Monday,” I explained.
“Eh!… Eh! Just be careful o. No daughter of mine will get married with pregnancy o. I’m not in support of premarital sex. The Bible says keep the marriage…”
“….Bed undefiled” I helped her finish her sentence. “Mummy, I know and there’s nothing to worry about.”
“Just be careful! Oko mi, oju oni ti e o” (You will not be put to shame o"
“We already set our boundaries mummy, relax ehn.”
“I’ve heard you, just be careful.”
Gosh! Mothers will always be mothers. I sighed.
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