Confessions of a Fat Girl 63: Tragi-Romantic

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February 16th, 2010

As early as 7am, we were already on our way to the airport. JJ chose to ride with us, so we had taken one of his bigger trucks, in order for all of us to fit in. It was a quiet ride, as Chiemela seemed pensive, and Akwaugo appeared to be in a very foul mood. Nothing JJ and I could say could draw either of them into reasonable conversation.

Getting to the airport, JJ bade us farewell, and I was only too happy to see Chidera, who was already there, waiting. Akwaugo’s mood lifted temporarily when she saw her long-lost cousin, until Chidera made the foot-in-mouth mistake of saying, “Wow! The last time I saw you was at your 10th wedding anniversary party!”

Big mistake oh! But how was poor Chidera to know that any reference about Akwaugo’s failed marriage, was the most sure banker way to make her lose her marbles?! Thankfully, Akwaugo hadn’t yelled or cursed, but had just given Chidera a dirty look, before walking away, her pull along bag in tow.

“Eeeeehn!!! Is this your face, Chiemela!” Chidera exclaimed, taking in the tall, handsome man at my side. “I can’t believe my eyes! You look so different!!!”

This managed to extract a smile from him. “Thanks Chidera. You don’t look bad yourself!

As we made our way to the departure lounge, exchanging jokes and anecdotes as we walked, I felt bad seeing Akwaugo sitting all by herself, still with a big frown on her face.

Breaking away from the trip down memory lane, which had finally gotten Chiemela more animated, I went to sit next to my sister.

“Babe. She didn’t know that talking about Kel is a taboo!” I said, rubbing her shoulder.

“Abeg, who cares about that one! I’m not mad about that,” she answered. “I’m just…I’m just wondering if I made the right decision by coming home for this funeral.”

“Of course you did!” I exclaimed. “It’s the best thing I could have hoped for!”

“I don’t want to see that man, Ihunna!” she responded. “I don’t know how you and Ogonna could forgive him so easily. I despise that man from the depths of my heart! The thought of seeing him again is making me feel physically ill!”

With a deep sigh, I rubbed her shoulder again. There was absolutely nothing I could tell her anymore. There was no other way I could make her realize that our father is nothing like the man we remember, and how sorry he is for his past actions. At that point, I knew I could only just pray…and hope for the best.

Soon, our flight was announced, and by 10am, we were in Enugu. As we rode to our dad’s house in a cab, Akwaugo apologized to Chidera for the rough start, and they were soon chatting like old friends.

Chidera’s reference to Akwaugo’s anniversary took me down memory lane, to her hasty wedding to the Nigerian rich kid she had met only a few short months before. Whilst Ogonna had left Nigeria with a plan, as everyone had agreed there were more opportunities for her medical background abroad, Akwaugo had sold all her valuables, including jewelry our Mom had left her, just so that she could buy a ticket, to go along with Ogonna. She had no plan, no goal…she had just wanted to escape. And our dear older sister couldn’t say no. So Akwaugo had tagged along, and even squatted in Ogonna’s hostel room, for the first few months, before landing a job as Waitress in a restaurant in Manhattan. That was where she had met Kel, a spoilt brat, just out of Wharton Business School, and who had just landed his dream job at Goldman Sachs. It had been so-called love at first sight, and five months later, they were engaged.

At the time, I was still in University, and there was no way I would have been able to raise enough money to travel for the wedding. But that hadn’t even been the tragedy. The real tragedy had been that she hadn’t even bothered to inform our Dad about her wedding. In fact, Dad only found out when the emissaries Kel’s parents sent to investigate our family, turned up at his door.

So, at 23, and with only her older sister representing her family, Akwaugo had married Kel, in a grand New York ceremony. Kel had been raised in the city, and his parents had only just moved from their home in Long Island to a mansion in Connecticut. His father was a renown Cardiologist, and money had always been the language they spoke!

At the time, it had seemed tragi-romantic, how the bride was almost an orphan, that had to be walked down the aisle by her fiancé’s Uncle. But in the end, it had proved to be her waterloo, as his family had used that to insult her, every opportunity they had. And when Kel left her for the Brazilian intern, his family even had the cheek to ask her if any bride price had been paid on her head.

Thank God my sister was wise and smart enough not to leave that marriage empty handed!

As we approached the compound, I noticed there were even more canopies in the compound…probably because the wake keeping is tomorrow.

Standing in the middle of everything, directing everyone like a boss, was Ogonna. I felt so proud of her, as I watched my usually timid sister take charge. But the smile froze on my face, as a man walked up behind her, and kissed her on her neck. From the way Ogonna smiled, it wasn’t an unwelcome kiss.

“Chineke!” Chidera’s exclamation was proof that I wasn’t the only one who had seen the display.

Turning to look at Chiemela, I saw that his eyes were flat and expressionless.

“That must be Ifeanyi!” he muttered.

 

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Catch up on Ihunna’s story here:

  1. Confessions of a Fat Girl 1: Grubbido
  2. Confessions of a Fat Girl 2: Fragile
  3. Confessions of a Fat Girl 3: Defiant
  4. Confessions of a Fat Girl 4: Progress
  5. Confessions of a Fat Girl 5: The Gym
  6. Confessions of a Fat Girl 6: Killjoy
  7. Confessions of a Fat Girl 7: Pain
  8. Confessions of a Fat Girl 8: Frenemies
  9. Confessions of a Fat Girl 9: Exhilarated
  10. Confessions of a Fat Girl 10: Popcorn
  11. Confessions of a Fat Girl 11: Free-fall
  12. Confessions of a Fat Girl 12: Sunday Morning
  13. Confessions of a Fat Girl 13: Mission Reactivated
  14. Confessions of a Fat Girl 14: New Things
  15. Confessions of a Fat Girl 15: Bad Business
  16. Confessions of a Fat Girl 16: Luxury Items
  17. Confessions of a Fat Girl 17: The Solution
  18. Confessions of a Fat Girl 18: Magic Formula
  19. Confessions of a Fat Girl 19: Date Night
  20. Confessions of a Fat Girl 20: Quinoa
  21. Confessions of a Fat Girl 21: Perfect Fit
  22. Confessions of a Fat Girl 22: Keeping In Touch
  23. Confessions of a Fat Girl 23: Delete
  24. Confessions of a Fat Girl 24: Philosophical
  25. Confessions of a Fat Girl 25: Keep it Moving
  26. Confessions of a Fat Girl 26: My Co-Wife
  27. Confessions of a Fat Girl 27: Old Jeans & Old Friends
  28. Confessions of a Fat Girl 28: Prawn Stir Fry
  29. Confessions of a Fat Girl 29: Facebook Tagging
  30. Confessions of a Fat Girl 30: Detox Part 2
  31. Confessions of a Fat Girl 31: Abs & Crunches
  32. Confessions of a Fat Girl 32: Making Notes
  33. Confessions of a Fat Girl 33: Christmas Party
  34. Confessions of a Fat Girl 34: Ashiedu
  35. Confessions of a Fat Girl 35: Willpower
  36. Confessions of a Fat Girl 36: Packing…and TV
  37. Confessions of a Fat Girl 37: Last Minute
  38. Confessions of a Fat Girl 38: Body Image
  39. Confessions of a Fat Girl 39: Christmas Trip
  40. Confessions of a Fat Girl 40: Christmas in the Village
  41. Confessions of a Fat Girl 41: Daddy’s Girl
  42. Confessions of a Fat Girl 42: 2010
  43. Confessions of a Fat Girl 43: Uzoamaka
  44. Confessions of a Fat Girl 44: Sugar Binge
  45. Confessions of a Fat Girl 45: The E-mail
  46. Confessions of a Fat Girl 46: She whose name must not be repeated
  47. Confessions of a Fat Girl 47: Smokescreen
  48. Confessions of a Fat Girl 48: Running away
  49. Confessions of a Fat Girl 49: Fry-Up
  50. Confessions of a Fat Girl 50: The Only Solution
  51. Confessions of a Fat Girl 51: The Intervention
  52. Confessions of a Fat Girl 52: Tri-State Sisters
  53. Confessions of a Fat Girl 53: Manhattan
  54. Confessions of a Fat Girl 54: Daddy’s Girls
  55. Confessions of a Fat Girl 55: Stunned Silence
  56. Confessions of a Fat Girl 56: Bereavement
  57. Confessions of a Fat Girl 57: The Reconciliation
  58. Confessions of a Fat Girl 58: Staying Back
  59. Confessions of a Fat Girl 59: Friends & Marriage Proposals
  60. Confessions of a Fat Girl 60: Colourful and Happy
  61. Confessions of a Fat Girl 61: Sweet Potato & Chicken Salad
  62. Confessions of a Fat Girl 62: Miss Amerikana

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