Confessions of a Fat Girl 65: Love Triangle!

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February 16th, 2010

The day had ended quite uneventfully.

Akwaugo had stayed in the bedroom for the rest of the day, and had ended up falling asleep early…clearly still jet lagged. Chidera had sat in a corner, sulking. Chiemela had left for his family home in Nnsuka, and Ogonna had continued running around, organising things for tomorrow’s wake keeping.

I was hot on her heels all day, trying to help where I could. I also tried to extract gist about Ifeanyi from her, but there was always something, or someone, ready to interrupt us each time. So, we hadn’t been able to talk at first.

At a point, I got so desperate, I had even tried to extract the gist from Legachi. To my surprise, she had been less than excited at the mention of his name.

“You mean that guy that was Sister Ogonna’s classmate in secondary school? Ehn, he has been coming every day,” she answered, very unenthused.

“Ehen? So, what’s the deal with the two of them?”

She had shrugged. “He has money, so he brings her gifts every day…very expensive gifts. And I guess Sister Ogonna likes the attention.”

“But you don’t seem to like him?” I prodded further.

She shrugged again. “I don’t know. I overheard him talking to his driver the other day…and he was really insulting the man. I just don’t think he’s a nice person.”

For the rest of the day, that was all I could think about. Yes, there was the possibility that Legachi’s young mind had misconstrued a possibly innocent situation, and considering how many of us have had a few choice words for our staff occasionally, I knew it might not be enough to cast aspersions on his character. But still, it was still something to think about.

I was finally able to pin her down, when the last of the workmen had left, and proceeded to find out what exactly is going on here.

“Ogonna! What are you doing?!” was all I could manage to ask.

“Ihunna, I’m just so confused!” she had admitted. “Ifeanyi just swept me off my feet, from nowhere!”

“I hear he has been buying you expensive gifts!”

Ogonna rolled her eyes. “It’s not just the gifts! You know me well enough to realize those will never be a factor when it comes to winning me over.”

“Then what exactly is it that he has done?!” I exclaimed. “Because if you are talking gestures, Chiemela flew all the way here, to support you!”

“Ihunna, you won’t understand! Even I don’t understand!” Ogonna said, a dreamy look in her eyes. “It’s the attention…the affection…maybe he’s just been saying the right things…or doing the right things….I can’t even explain it!”

I sighed, and shook my head. “So, what are you saying? Nothing again for Chiemela?”

“No, I didn’t say that!” she answered, clearly confused. “Seeing Chiemela again today reminded me how much I love him…and how well suited we are…”

“So, you are in love with two men, okwi ya? This one na real love triangle!” I half laughed, half exclaimed. “Bia, I hope you haven’t slept with that Ifeanyi oh! The way he was kissing your neck this morning!”

She hissed, and picked a handful of sand to throw at me. “Don’t be silly! Which kin’ sleep?! Na so dem dey sleep?!”

“Hian! I for fear oh!”

We sat in silence for a few more minutes, before she asked, “Do you think he’ll come back? Chiemela? I heard he left for Nnsuka today. Do you think he’ll come back here?”

I smiled. “Chiemela is a dependable guy. I’m almost sure of it!”

 

February 17th, 2010

The sound of grass being cut woke me up this morning. Looking at my watch, I was startled to see that it was almost 10am in the morning. I had overslept!

“Her Majesty is finally awake!” Akwaugo remarked, sipping a cup of tea.

“I see you’re in a better mood.” I muttered, rubbing my eyes.

“What time is your husband getting here?” she asked.

“Early afternoon…but he’s going to Nkwerre first, as his parents want to come for the wake keeping as well.” JJ had decided, last minute, to come. Thankfully, Ezioma, my sister-in-law, with her own kids in boarding school in England, had volunteered to come to our house to watch our kids.

The sound of grass cutting continued, and peering out the window, I was surprised to see my younger brother, Marizu, and Chiemela, both cutting the grass at the back of the house.

“Yeah, Chiemela got here at about 7am. I overheard them talking about not leaving the grass at the back so high, and when the boy…what’s that his name again…said there was nobody to help him cut the grass, Chiemela just took off his shirt, and asked for a machete!”

I couldn’t help but smile, as I watched Chiemela, the New York investment banker, cutting grass as if he had never left Naija for one day.

As I dressed up, I looked at Akwaugo, still sprawled on the bed. “So, you’re going to stay like that all day?”

“My dear, it’s best I stay here, because if I as much as step out of this room, I will not be held accountable for my actions!”

I was about to respond, when I caught sight of a black, shiny SUV, pulling into the compound. Ifeanyi stepped out, looking impeccable in his white kaftan.

“This man no dey taya!!!” I exclaimed. “Even this early morning again?!”

Akwaugo looked out the window, and laughed. “Abeg, allow Ogonna enjoy the toasting. After how many years of being in the desert, it’s her time…so let her enjoy it!”

A few minutes later, when I got outside, I waved at Marizu and Chiemela, and contemplated going over to them. But, at that moment, I caught sight of Ifeanyi having a heated exchange with one of the people sweeping the compound.

“Get away from here, you big fool!” was what I heard him say, as I walked up to them.

“Ahn ahn! What happened?!” I asked.

“The fool swept a whole cloud of dust at me! Can’t he see I’m wearing white?!” he had exclaimed.

I looked at him in disgust. Legachi was not off the mark after all.

“Don’t be annoyed!” I said sarcastically.

Ifeanyi had sensed my sarcasm, and stared at me for some moments. “Ihunna. You were just a little kid when Ogonna and I were…”

“What do you want with my sister?” I asked, cutting him short. No time for preamble here.

“I want to marry her,” he responded, looking me straight in the eye.

“I’m sure you know she’s seeing someone, right?!” I demanded.

He gave the most condescending laugh. “You mean the Americana guy? Yeah, I know. But I don’t think he’s any competition.”

“Oh really?!” I said, adding a condescending laugh of my own. “I’m sure you can see him making himself useful, and actually adding value, instead of just sitting around, doing fine boy!”

Ifeanyi smiled, and looked in the direction of the grass cutting, so I knew he had already noticed him. “It’s not by cutting grass that I will win my woman’s heart. I am way beyond that! I have hundreds of people who would do that for me! I don’t have to do something as mundane as that, just to prove a point!” and, looking pointedly at me. “Besides…as I’m sure you’ve already noticed…I’m wearing white!”

And with that, he pulled out his phone, pretty much dismissing me.

The cheek of this man!

 

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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
  63. Confessions of a Fat Girl 63: Tragi-Romantic
  64. Confessions of a Fat Girl 64: Dead to me

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Smh!i hope Ogonna sees ds side of Ifeanyi soon so she wnt b confused anymore. D diff btw hm & Chiemela is as clear as 7Up. Pompous man!smhhh

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