Had I Know Episode 12

January 09, 2019
HAD_I_KNOW
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Episode 12
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After their final exams, Queen and Asha threw a
big party to celebrate their successful graduation
from the university. It was a cream de la cream
party that was well attended by the big boys and
girls on campus and attendance was strictly by
invitation. Mercy who had declined to attend the
party remained behind at home packing her
things so she could return to her parents place
the next day. She didn’t see any reason in
celebrating when their final result was yet to be
released. The two slay Queens returned from the
party late at night very tired. Mercy thought there
was no better time to talk to them than that time
and so she walked up to the sitting room to where
they were sitting and discussing the fun they had
at the party.
Queen: “Mercy honestly you missed. I don’t know
why you refused to attend an ordinary party to
celebrate your graduation from the university”
Asha: “Mercy na one kind suegbe, I tell you. Even
the born again students and SU people that used
to carry Bible up and down attended the party
except you” she taunted.
Mercy: “my refusal to attend was based on
personal reasons. I do not see any reason why I
should celebrate whereas our final results have
not been released. I would rather use that time to
pray to God for a favourable result and then think
of the life that lies ahead after university”
Queen: “Oh, we have heard you Mercy. Weh don
ma” they laughed.
Mercy: “Actually, I want to thank you for all your
support and help for the past few years. You have
been a worthy cousin and shoulder to lean on.
Sometimes, I wonder if I would have been able to
complete my studies without you. Thank You so
much Queen. I pray that someday I will be able to
return this kind gestures from you” she said
kneeling down.
Queen: “Are you serious? So you appreciate all
that I have been doing for you? Thank you. You
have also done well, washing my dishes, cleaning
my house, doing laundry and helping me out with
assignments and presentations. Thank you too”
she said absent mindedly because she was
chatting with an aristo she had just met on her
phone.
Mercy: “And you dear Asha, thank you for always
keeping me on my toes with your constant
nagging and quarrels. You are like a sister to me
and I love you with all my heart. May God
continue to keep us together”
Asha: “Keep you and who together? You no well,
abeg shift make I see road” she teased her.
They all laughed and Mercy got up and sat to the
sittee close to them.
Mercy: “I have finished packing my things and by
God’s Grace, I will be returning to the village
tomorrow. I want to continue learning the fashion
designing that I was learning before I secured
admission. That will also give me the opportunity
to help my parents out on the farm before NYSC.
What about you girls, when will you go home?”
Asha: “Go home ke? Wetin dey happen for house
wey we wan go?”
Queen: “Home? Who the hell goes back to his
parents’ house after graduation? We are staying
behind o. In fact, we just renewed our rent not
long ago. We will stay here and work our service
here; you know that Abuja is the happening place
now. So we are not going anywhere”
Mercy: “But Queen, what will you tell your
parents? They know that you have graduated and
they will expect you to return home pending NYSC
call up” she said with sisterly concern written all
over her face.
Queen: “What is your business with what I tell my
parents? Are they your own parents? Don’t come
and spoil my mood this night o, I am warning
you now”
Mercy: “Your father is my uncle and once he sees
me, he will surely ask about his daughter. I am
tired of lying to defend you. I am not sure I can
continue anymore”
Asha: “Why won’t you be tired of lying when you
have graduated from the university? Shebi when
you were depending on us for feeding and
accommodation you were not tired of lying. Now
that you know that school is over, you are tired of
lying. Senseless ingrate!” she spewed out.
Mercy: “Haba! That is harsh but I forgive you.
God knows that I am not ungrateful”
Queen: “Mercy what is your problem this evening?
No tell me. You said you want to go back home,
fine. Why not do it in peace? Why do you have to
drag us into all these?” she asked with anger
rising to her throat.
Mercy: “Okay, fine that is settled. I have another
thing to say if you don’t mind”
Asha: “hiah o” she exclaimed and adjusted her
sitting position.
Queen: “What is it again, madam?”
Mercy: “it is about Peter” she shifted uneasily on
her seat.
Queen: “Ehn! Which Peter? You mean that Church
rat? Don’t you even dare go there. I can never
marry him. Oh, he has been sending you to talk to
me right? I know he is now doing one stupid job
in Abuja and because of that he thinks I will agree
to marry him right? He must be crazy. Yes, tell am
say me I say him dey craze! Shey shoe no get
size? Even if Peter is the last man on earth, I can
never marry him. Asha abeg help me reason this
matter o” she said turning to her friend.
Asha: “I can’t even talk because the mere mention
of that name Peter nauseates me. Look at that
local champion who looks so ugly I do not even
know the words to use in describing him. And to
think Mercy even has the guts to want to speak to
you on his behalf is repulsive. Mercy, you don see
us finish. You hear me? I say you don see us
finish!”
Mercy: “Well, can you girls just hear me out? I am
not here to beg Queen to marry him”
Queen: “So what is it? Is he dead abi what? If he
is dead may his soul rest in peace. Now can you
allow me enjoy my chat?” she said without
looking up the phone.
Asha: “Maybe he went to steal and then he was
caught”
The two girls laughed loud and long to the
disdain of Mercy who shook her head in
disapproval.
Mercy: “Peter and I have been seeing each other
for a while now. When I say see each other, I
mean that we have been seeing in fellowship. I
invited him once to my Church programme and
since then he has become an active member in
the Church. Before we started our exams, we went
into some fasting and prayers for success for all
of us. After a while, he started asking me out but I
refused because of Queen since he had once
asked her to marry him”
She was still talking when Asha interrupted her.
Asha: “Better for you that you didn’t accept o, if
not I would have given you the award of the
biggest educated idiot on earth”
Mercy: “Well, I like him a lot because he is decent
and godly. I have always wanted the kind of man
that will take me closer to God and Peter is just
that one person that can do so. So, I want to ask
you Queen, can I go ahead and date him? Do you
permit me to be with him?”
Queen: “Like seriously? Girl you can date all his
family and unborn generation for all I care. You
no dey hear standard English in the night abi?
Okay, make I speak Pidgin. Carry Peter, date him,
have him, do whatever you want with him, I no
like the guy. I no like poor men, God no create me
for poor men. Whatever you do with him is none
of my business, I cannot even walk on the street
with him. The boy dey make me shame”
Mercy: “okay then. You know as they say, one
man’s poison is another’s meat. Thank you for
the permission”
Asha: “Mercy! Who do you this one? A beautiful
graduate like you condescending so low as to
dating an ugly poor secondary school graduate,
tufiakwa!” she shrugged her shoulder.
Mercy thanked them and went to bed. Early the
next morning, she packed her few things and left
for her parents place in the village. She had
finished the studies that brought her to Abuja and
there was no need staying behind. She was going
to face the life that lies ahead after graduation.
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To be continued
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