It’s Another Novocaine Saturday #24 – Valentine’s Special

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy the long read. For you mushy people, hold your hankies. For you who love pics, there’s enough to go round.

Ekene doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s. He believes that every day is love day if you’re in a relationship. And I can’t counter that, being that he has made me feel like I’m in a romantic novel in which he’s the author and I’m the main character.

My time with him has been magical. In my grief, he created rainbows and butterflies. Whenever I wake up and I feel like I can’t handle the weight of losing Peace, I would be consoled by the thought of having to pour out my heart to Ekene.

For the longest time, I have felt like I owed him, and to pay the debt, I took an entire week to convert the downstairs guestroom into a man cave for him. He has never spoken about needing one but every now and then, his friends come over and they drink beers and play games. I feel it would be nice to give them a special space for that.

He’s been away for an entire week and I’ve been managing on my own, with morning sickness and loneliness. I have friends I can always spend time with but I’ve not had the need to ask any of them over or pay them visits. Last week, however, Genesis Ditorusin rang me and told me she would love me to handle the small chops for her stepdaughter’s wedding. She and I had gotten off a wrong foot a year ago over an event I catered to in which the client was dissatisfied with my cooking. Genesis took it out on me and since then we haven’t worked together. Jide tried to reconcile us but she had been uninterested. She claimed she had too many caterers on her repertoire, which was why I was a little surprised that she reached out to me.

“It’s a new year and we should put the past behind us,” she says. “You’re one of the best chefs around here and I’d be honored to have you not only do the small chops for this reception, but also handle the ones for the bigger reception on Saturday.”

“Jide didn’t by any chance speak on my behalf again, did he?”

“No, dear. This is all me. And I also have a proposal for you.”

Opening the backdoor of my kitchen, I stepped out to the sunshine and feel the sun over my skin after a long time of hibernating. I listen to Genesis tell me that she wants me to be the chief caterer for Novocaine Knights. All the big gigs will go to me and for payment, I’ll take a large percentage and they’ll have the rest. If I bring in a client, my percentage will be higher.

I smile to myself. I have always wanted this. To be honest, I got married and became a cliché housewife. I keep telling myself that I’ll open a restaurant but I’ve always felt like it’s not my calling. Not all chefs own restaurants. Not all of them can manage their own businesses. I think I’m one of such people. I even get too lazy to go about looking for clients. Maybe at the end of this, I will learn some skills and know how to stand on my own.

Genesis rang off after I told her we would discuss at length the next day. That evening I got an email listing out the type of finger foods needed at the wedding, and also a contract letter with the terms and conditions for the deal with Novocaine Knights. Before I met with Genesis the next day, I had breakfast with Bobby and he went through the contract.

“It’s all good,” he told me. “No hidden clauses. Everything is straight. I don’t expect Novo Knights to be dubious, though. They have a clean reputation.”

He was hardly eating the meal in front of him. He had lost more weight from when last I saw him.

“How are you doing?” I asked.

He shrugged. “Good. Yesterday, with the help of a friend, I packed Kate and Mal’s things away. I’m giving them to charity.”

“Was that relieving?”

“No. It led me into an episode… The wounds became fresh again. It was hard but I was able to finish it. I didn’t put away everything, though. There are things I can’t let go of.”

“I understand.”

He picked a slice of green pepper off his plate and bit on it.

“How’s Naomi’s case going?”

“The man’s family finally agreed to settle out of court. The plan is to hand them some millions and send them off on their way.”

“That’s good.”

He put the unbitten slice of green pepper back on his plate and picked his glass of orange juice. As he drank, I gazed into his sad eyes. It was hard to believe this was the same Bobby I had been best friends with in school. He was always the clown amongst the tree of us. Jide was the one who took his law studies seriously. But not Bobby. He played around, partied hard, chased girls without shame and lived like life was going to end any moment. He had a ‘no-shaking’ attitude to his existence. No matter how difficult things were, he would say, ‘we’ll get over it’. Even when his younger sister passed, he was able to bounce back quickly.

But he was no longer that guy. Kate died and took away his bounce, leaving him with unresolved issues.

“Are you scared that once the case with Naomi’s in-laws is over, she’ll have no need of you?”

Bobby looked at me. I saw the answer to my question in his eyes but I knew he would not voice it out.

“No, I’ll be fine.”

I placed my hands on his. “I’m here for you, Bobby.”

He rested his other hand on mine, lifted it and kissed it. “I know.”

The days following that were busy for me. I signed the contract with Novocaine Knights and realized that Genesis had tricked me. The chef that was supposed to cater for the huge wedding party on Saturday had without warning, left the country, and Genesis couldn’t get anyone to replace him.

“Could you please, help?”

It was hard to say no to her. She was too sweet and that dimple of hers was distracting. I wondered how her husband didn’t go around carrying an everlasting boner.

So, I said yes and became burdened with the catering for both weddings. Good thing, there was a whole team assigned to me.

However, this morning, the devil decides to get into the details as the truck in which I loaded all the small chops for the day’s wedding party, bound for the venue, gets into a crash and everything goes to waste.

I get an instant migraine over the news. I want to despair but I can’t. Genesis calls.

“We can do without small chops since the main courses are there,” she says.

“It’s already on the menu, Genesis.”

She sighs.

“The wedding guests are not much,” I remind her.

“I know but those finger foods were so special that I don’t think we can whip them together before time. Or can we?”

“We can’t. I had to let some of them marinate overnight. But don’t worry, I can come up with something else. It won’t be up to par but it’ll come close.”

“Please, don’t stress yourself.”

“It’s fine.”

“You’re sure?”

“I am.”

“Okay. Send me a shopping list and I’ll have all you need delivered in an hour.”

I hang up and in an hour, I have the food items at my doorstep, as promised. I also get a couple of extra hands to help. But I had called Noka and Celia over already. Honey’s phone was unreachable.

A frowning Celia drags herself into my house. “I hope there is food sha, because me I’m hungry.”

I laugh, hugging her. “You can relax. I already have enough hands.”

“Then why did you invite me?”

“I didn’t know that Genesis would send people over nau.”

“So you are now on first name basis with her?” asks Noka who is munching on the carrots I gave her to grate earlier.

“Yes, we are.”

“And she’s still fat?”

“Can you stop being jealous?” Celia scolds her.

“We’re all invited to the wedding, though. The guest list is small but she is squeezing us in.”

“How magnanimous of her,” Noka comments. “Tell her I said no, thanks.”

“Jealousy!” Celia teases. “Give me carrot jare.”

I snatch the bowl of carrots from Noka, handing only one to Celia. “This is Jos carrot. We don’t play with it anyhow.”

“So madam, how and you coping with our aboki shunning you and all?” Celia questions Noka. “Any hope for your marriage?”

I expect a snide answer but what we get from Noka is a slow shake of her head. “I’ve not seen him in almost three weeks. It’s Eno who brings the boys home to me after they spend time in her house. I’m tired. I don’t know what else to do.”

She looks like she’s about to cry. Celia puts an arm around her.

“Do you think that maybe I should just let him be and find my way?”

“Are you doing that because you think he will miss you and want you back?”

She nods.

“Does he love you that much?”

“I don’t know.”

“Noka, if you have chosen to stay and fight for his love, do so. But if you are tired and need to be free, so you can stop wasting your years pining for a man who will never love you, tell me, so that I can ginger you.”

Noka nods. I smile at Celia. Always the friend that looks out for everyone.

“Now, to less depressing things,” she says, “I just discovered that Dara can sing.”

“For real?”

“Yes o! And on key for that matter. I was playing this old Crystal Lewis song with Bebe Winans and homegirl was hitting the notes like wha!”

We laugh.

“I got myself a Beyonce! Give me some sugar!” We hi-five her and laugh at the silliness of it.

Noka also talks about her sons and how they are bonding with their elder brother. I listen to both women, watching the way their eyes light up with pride. I try not to think of Peace or Kate. But it’s hard not to. I see them in the kitchen with us, laughing and listening as well. It will take some time to get over this pain.

“Why does this house smell so nice like this?”

The sound of Ekene’s voice makes me drop the garlic clove in my hand and shrieking, I dash out to meet him. Not minding my weight, I jump on him.

“Shey you want to kill me, you this orobo?” He kisses me. “How are you, baby? This is such a surprise.”

I dump my feet on the floor. “No, you’re the surprise. You’re supposed to come back the day after tomorrow.”

“Well, plans changed. Speaking of which, the last time I was here, you were burrowed under the blanket. What happened?”

“Well, I…”

And I talk like a running typewriter, giving him details of how my week went. He listens to me patiently, massaging my fingers for no reason.

“So, we’re no more sad?”

I shake my head. He hugs me. As always, he smells like a billion dollars. He has a new perfume on and I don’t care to know the name. I just want to have it all over me when he makes love to me.

I get a gentle kiss, a squeeze of my bum and sweet nothings uttered in a low tone that leave me giggling. His hand goes beneath my top and rests on my waist. I realize how much I’ve missed his touch. Unlike most of the men I’ve been with, Ekene’s palms are soft and always leave me craving for his touch.

“Come, let me show you something.”

I drag him to the man cave, stopping outside the door. Going on tiptoe behind him, I cover his eyes.

“Oya, push the door open.”

Without questioning, he shoves the door. Still covering his eyes, I ask him to venture in.

He drags us further in and I let my hands down. I dash in front of him to see the look on his face. And as I guess, it’s indescribable.

“Tomiwa, what’s this?”

“A little something I thought you’d like. It’s your own man cave.”

His eyes give the room a complete sweep before he turns to gaze at me in wonder.

“Happy Valentine’s Day, SM.” I’m beaming from one chin to another.

“I don’t know what to say, Mary.”

I take his hand and drag him around the room to give him a tour. He is silent all through and speechless still when I’m finished. I reach for his lips and kiss them.

“Valentine just got a whole new meaning for me,” he murmurs, pulling me closer. “Thank you, baby.”

“Do you want to pot some balls on the pool table?” I ask with a wink in my eye.

“Game on.”

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A rogue draft of wind slaps my face as I step out of the gym. It’s already 7am and daylight hides behind the darkness still. It looks like there’ll be one of those short-tempered showers that fizzle out just as they start. I’m not sure I’m liking this January weather in Lagos that is not so sure of what it wants.

“Excuse me, madam!”

I stop and turn in the direction of the gym.

“You forgot your earphones!”

There’s a hunky guy walking towards me. Perfect definition of tall, fair and handsome. He has been coming to the gym as early as I do since I began here five days ago. I have also noticed that he has eyes for me. Yesterday, when I almost fell during aerobics, he was by my side in a flash. How he had gotten away from the weights he was lifting at the other side of the gym to where I was, before my instructor came to me, remains a mystery.

“They’re not my earphones,” I reply, showing him the white ones I have around my neck which, in some way, have gotten lost between my cleavage.

His eyes rest there briefly and then he looks at my face.

“Sorry, I thought they were yours.”

I shake my head and begin walking away. He introduces himself as so and so and tells me he’s a counselor and life coach.

I simply nod and continue on.

“You didn’t tell me yours,” he mentions. I ignore him. I have seen enough nonsense going on between married folks in that gym in the early hours of the morning to know where this is all leading. That this person wears a ring on his fourth finger doesn’t mean he has good intentions.

I cross the street to where my car is parked. It’s all silent on this side of town but in a short while, the place would become busy and parking the way I did would attract a fine.

I unlock my door and get in, and what meets my eyes is a collection of gifts. There’s also a bouquet of red roses on the passenger seat.

My first reaction is fear. How on earth did someone get into my car and plant these things?

I look behind as if to catch whoever did it. And then it occurs to me that it could be Jide. So, I lift the roses and smell them before pulling out the card attached to them.

Hunnay,

You make a man want to fall in love over and again

I love you, sugar lips

Jide

P.S: I’m winning this.

I laugh, inhaling the scent of the roses again. Jide and I are in a challenge to outdo each other with love gestures today. We have a theme in mind and our inspiration is Ed Sheeran, one of Jide’s favorite musicians whom I’ve also come to love. The loser of the challenge, as judged by Genesis and Dominic, will get to fly the other person for a weekend retreat somewhere outside Nigeria.

So, with Genesis’ help, I sneaked in six curvy girls into the house last night. They are performers at the Novocaine Nightclub. The plan is for Jide to wake up and find them cleaning the house in panties and matching T-shirts that have ‘Honey’ inscribed on them. When he gets over the shock, they’ll sit him down in the living room and do a special Acapella version of Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud that was played on the night he proposed to me.

Jide thinks he’s winning this but I know I’m ahead. By the time those girls molest him with their tatas and bum-bums, he will throw in the towel and crown me winner.

How did we get from the Amata’s saga to this? Ever heard the saying ‘God works in mysterious ways?’

Well, that was how things went on the day Akintunde was born. If you ask me, I’d say he is our good luck charm. But I know that things were already at play before he came into the picture.

On that day that he was born, I was dreaming about Idris Elba. My medication does that to me. I get all sorts of dreams but it is not every day one gets to dream about Idris Elba, so I’m not complaining. And not just any type of dream, by the way. It’s the type in which he is standing before you, with the sunset as a backdrop and a boyish stare in his laughing eyes, hands on your waist, his breath on your skin, his lips about to do a sweet one on yours…

Forgive my digression. I just had to relive all that hotness.

Anyways, I am rudely jolted away from the dream by a knock on my front door.

I open my eyes. I’m alone in bed. I am certain Jide snuck in beside me last night.

Jiney lets out a shrill scream.

I cuss as I roll out of bed. I go to her crib. She is kicking her tiny legs into the air in anger. Lifting her out, I hurry to the living room to get the front door. Amata is already there, struggling with the lock.

“Don’t worry,” I say to her. “I’ll do it. There’s a skill to it.”

“Good morning,” she greets. I force on a smile. Despite all that has happened, I still don’t like her. She is more voluptuous than I am, possessing the type of dangerous curves Genesis has. I feel insecure over the fact that Jide slept with her without baulking.

I unlock the door and when I open it, there’s a fat, pregnant-looking lady outside. I don’t recognize her.

“She’s my sister,” Amata reveals.

“Oh.”

The sister greets and I respond. She throws a sweet comment at Jiney who is still crying and tugging at my breasts.

“Please, come in. I have to feed this girl.”

I leave them in the living room and go to the bedroom where I hook Jiney to a boob and remove her soiled diaper. I hear the backdoor open and close. It’s either Jide or Didi coming in.

Seconds later, I hear Jide’s voice. He is speaking with Amata and her sister. He soon joins me in the room.

“Hey,” he says, looking at my face to read my mood.

“Good morning,” I greet. He lowers to give me a kiss.

“I went to get breakfast…”

I ask him about Tola. He narrates how the whole childbirth experience went.

“When you’re done with Jiney, I’d like you to join me in the parlor to have a word with Amata and her sister.”

I rise up with Jiney still stuck on my breast. “Let’s go.”

I follow him to the living room. We walk in on both sisters arguing. They stop immediately they spot us. Jide and I settle in a two-sitter.

“So, we’re here,” he says.

The sister shifts her weighty body forward. First, she thanks me for taking Amata in, despite the circumstances. She doesn’t know how many wives will do what I did. I give her a tolerant smile. I just want all of this over soon.

She thanks Jide too. He demands to know why.

“For asking for a DNA test and setting into motion this whole thing.”

“I’m not sure I understand you.”

“Amata is married to the devil. Bassey is a very wicked man.”

“Okay?” Jide asks, “He’s violent with her?”

And that question opens a can of worms. We learn how Bassey, while dating Amata, convinced her to leave her high-paying job at Exxon Mobil to become a stay-at-home girlfriend for him. But that wasn’t all. He ensured she cut off ties from her friends and family. The only person she maintained communication with was her sister, who persisted in trying to show her that Bassey was not good for her. Eventually, after two years, commonsense prevailed and Amata applied for an expatriate job in Zanzibar. She was then called for an interview and without Bassey’s knowledge, flew out of the country to honor it.

“Mr. Jide, when you met her in Zanzibar, she seduced you out of sexual frustration and emotional imbalance. I had convinced her to break up with Bassey. I also convinced her to abort the one-month-old pregnancy she was carrying for him, so as to face the new job. But what happened to my advice? Ask her. Bassey followed her there and proposed, and that was the end of the job and the abortion.”

A month later, the duo got married at the Ikoyi registry. Ama’s family was not invited.

“Not even me!”

After the wedding, things worsened for Ama.  She depended on her sister for her daily meals because Bassey would disappear for long periods and leave her without any cash.

“Like that, like that, me and my husband fed her until she gave birth. When she gave birth nko? Bassey looked at the child and told her that simple boy she cannot have.”

The family called for several meetings with Bassey which he never honored.

“The one that really touched me, that made me swear for Bassey was when he came to my house early one morning to insult me and my husband, telling us not to meddle in his affairs. He told my husband he could feed him and his entire clan. That day, I swore to do everything to ensure that my sister leaves the idiot. I took her matter to our pastor and even in this my pregnancy, I fasted and prayed. Pastor said I should watch and see what God will do. And God has answered.

“So, Mr. Jide, you are godsend. That restlessness you had is God that put it there. I’m not saying what you and Ama did in Zanzibar was right. What I’m saying is that all things work together for good. Bassey has now kicked her out, abi? It’s all God’s plan. I will take her home and lock her inside and fire prayers on her head until her senses come back, because this is not normal. No! It’s not!

“So, thank you very much, Mr. and Mrs. Jide. God bless you.”

Jide and I are left speechless. We didn’t see the twist in this story. For me, I had concluded that there would be a showdown of some sort between Jide and Bassey, at least, but not this. I don’t know how to react to it, except find relief that the case is now out of my hands.

As I retreat to the bedroom to shower, it occurs to me how much God works behind the scene to give me peace. The night before, I was down in the dumps, unable to see the silver lining, but I wake up to a shining sun. It doesn’t stop me from keeping my Skype appointments with my doctor or from taking my meds. It just makes me realize that I’m not bearing my load alone.

But I have so much I want to say and no one to speak to. My friends are all shaking off the loss of Peace and Kate from their system and it would be wrong to bug them with my troubles. So, later that day, I visit Genesis and unburden everything on her shoulders. She listens to me until I’m done expending myself and then shares with me stories of the difficult times she has faced with Dominic.

“Whether from within or from outside, your troubles never end in life. People look at Nick and I and envy us because we’re billionaires. I can’t complain. I feel blessed, but we’re not immune to our own special troubles. We don’t let them keep us from moving. We find a way to rise above it all.” She takes my hands. “Your bipolar disorder may never completely go away, Honey, but you will keep kicking it in the ass, getting better with each kick.”

She picks a bowl of chicken salad she has been served by the housekeeper. I had declined and asked for only a glass of water.

“So how is your sex life, though?” she asks.

“Almost two months of not doing.”

She drops her jaw. I explain to her that the dry spell came when we lost our friends. “And since then, it’s been one thing or the other.”

She wanders off in her head and returns to me with the Valentine challenge. Dominic, who has just joined us, is called to weigh in on the idea.

“Why didn’t you ever suggest this for us?” he asks his wife.

“It just came now. So, are you ready to help this beautiful couple recapture their honeymoon?”

“Honey and Jide are always in cloud nine. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“You sure know how to spoil things, oga.”

“Okay, I’d be honored to be on the panel of sexy judges,” he responds, his eyes twinkling at his wife. When he walks away, Genesis draws closer to me.

“I’ll help you win it.”

That night, I present the idea to Jide and he is all game. “I even want to go on a vacation sef. I’m exhausted. And it would be so good for us. It would restore everything the loss of our friends took away.”

But as we lie to sleep and he tries to touch me, I pull away. I find it hard erasing the details of what Amata shared with me about the sex they had.

We continue with our normal lives as the days pass, both of us lost in work. I even forget about the challenge until Genesis calls and reminds me of the girls she is sending over.

Sitting now in my car, I giggle to myself because I know how much of a whore Jide can be and how he’s having fun with the girls presently.

I start the car and my radio goes on without me touching it. I yelp and take my hands off the steering. Jide’s voice comes on in laughter from the speakers.

“So you sent half-naked girls to seduce me, abi?”

I exhale. “You’re so annoying, Jideofor.”

I search around to see if he’s in the vicinity.

“It’s all good, though. We had an awesome time. Didn’t we, girls?”

“Yes, Jideofor,” comes a chorus from female voices.

“You heard that, Erhinyuse?” He laughs. “But I love you, baby. And this is for you. Enjoy.”

He goes off and Ed Sheeran comes on with Lego House. I start to bump my head as I drive onto the street. Seconds after, I’m singing at the top of my lungs.

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As has been their tradition for years, Dominic waits at the airport to pick Seyi. The latter had traveled on a three-day business trip and was returning just in time for Lexus’ wedding. It’s a quiet day at the airport but not too quiet for a man to welcome his girlfriend with roses and balloons.

Dominic is amused by the scene. The girlfriend seems a little embarrassed by the gesture, and just as it is about to get interesting with the man going down on one knee to propose, Seyi makes his way out from the small crowd of commuters, to Dominic.

“You won’t believe that I’ve not bought my tux yet,” he mentions, hurrying ahead of Dominic.

“This is not a tux wedding,” Dominic answers. Seyi stops. “Tonbra insists that we must not wear tuxedos.”

“Oh?”

“But don’t worry. I got you covered. I asked Genesis to pick something for you from the place she got my blazer.”

Seyi sighs in relief. “God bless your wife.”

They continue without speaking until they get to Dominic’s SUV.

“On the matter of wives…how is Hauwa?” Dominic asks as they both secure their seatbelts.

“Hauwa dumped me.”

Dominic fires up the car.

“Wetin happen?”

Seyi starts to laugh. “Long, funny story. The thing is I’m not even taking her seriously. I invited her for this wedding and she must come, even if I have to abduct her.”

“What happened?”

“So, I invited her for the annual charity ball organized by the gentlemen’s club, which was awesome, by the way. You missed.”

“I know.”

“I got her a Versace. Badass number like that! The finishing on that gown is superb.”

“I don’t even want to ask the price.”

“I also got her a set of diamond jewelry and a pair of Zanotti’s. I had them delivered to her and next thing, I’m getting a call. ‘Seyi,’ she said to me, ‘I appreciate all of this but I’m not the type of girl you dress up to fit perfectly into your world. And I’m going to be bought by your money either. Let this not repeat itself.’ And she hangs up.”

“That’s cold.”

“And I loved her for it. But things get interesting when we go for the ball. Hauwa walks in there and she becomes fish out of water. You know as people dey do at such events. Fake and real British and American accents, snobbish attitude, everyone bragging about their Ivy League education and where they’ve been around the world…”

“Eish.”

“And it was all new and overwhelming for Hauwa. Then the worst was that we were put on a table with three of my exes.”

Laughing, Dominic skids past a slow-moving vehicle on a double lane just outside the airport’s tollgate.

“Three of them, Domi. One was married and she was there with her husband but it didn’t stop her from trying to kill Hauwa with her eyes. And as if that wasn’t bad, they landed on her like vultures when she told them she was a midwife. One was like ‘are midwives now professionals?’ Another went, ‘is midwifery not an ancient practice?’ Can you imagine! They made her feel like she was coming from the Stone Age. The only one who was interested in what she did was the married one but she was asking Hauwa for a repertoire of her patients. She was like, ‘who and who have you worked with?’ If you see eye when I cut am ehn!”

Dominic smiles.

“After the ball, as we were heading home, Hauwa told me not to invite her for that type of thing again. I said it was something I was used to and I couldn’t stop being that person. She insisted that she was not interested in my social life. I asked if it was too hard to adjust a little to make me happy. Na there kasala burst o. Hauwa gave me the lecture of my life. She said she wasn’t going to pretend to be another person just to fit into a crowd she did not like. She went on and on and in the end, she said she was done.”

“Ah.”

“I told her I didn’t care. I loved her the way she was. But she didn’t listen. I think what upset her most was that I made a donation at the ball on her behalf. It pissed her off. She accused me of trying to make her feel inadequate.”

“Did you do it to save her from embarrassment?”

“Yes. Everyone was calling huge amounts. You know how they do.”

“I think you did wrong there. No one is obligated to make any donation at those balls. Table payment is enough donation, so Hauwa didn’t need to impress anyone.”

“I know. And I screwed up. Anyways, I’m not taking the breakup seriously. I’ve been bugging her with calls and messages. She still dey vex but I know say she go calm down. Today, however, she must come for Tonbra’s wedding.”

“Take it easy on her, though. You can also get involved in her world. Have you ever asked her to show you what she does daily?”

“No. I’m not going to be looking into people’s wives privates.”

“No fall my hand, Shay. You’re out of practice with women. Shape up fast and make a decent woman out of Hauwa.”

Seyi doesn’t argue. They talk business as they drive to his place. Dominic drops him off and heads to the late Eva’s home which now belongs to Lexus and is the wedding venue. There’s a beehive of activity going on but Dominic wades through it and ends up in the bedroom assigned to him and Genesis. He meets her lying on the bed, lost in thought. Without meaning to, she strikes a sensual pose that magnetizes Dominic.

He rests on the bed, relaxing on his back.

“What’s wrong, madam?”

She turns her eyes on him but he’s not sure she’s looking at him. He snaps his fingers; she comes to.

“Yes?”

“What’s on your mind?”

“The wedding, and how I may be missing something.”

“I’m sure everything is covered.”

“It was so easy to organize. The rush I get from doing big weddings is not there.”

“And you’ll get that rush on Saturday. Relax, baby.”

Her lips stretch into a smile as she digs her fingers into his beard. “You’re handsome.”

“I know.”

He takes her hand and kisses the tip of her fingers one after the other. A knock comes. Iya Idaya calls out to Genesis.

“The door is open.” She sits up and Iya Idaya walks in, tailed by the trio of Zoe, Zach and Trinity.

“I want to take my bath,” Iya Idaya announces. “Let them come and stay with you?”

The toddlers already make themselves comfortable in the room. Trinity and Zach aim for Genesis’ box while Zoe seeks her father’s attention.

“Sometimes I feel too old to be having kids,” Dominic says, as Iya Idaya exits the room. He lifts Zoe onto the bed.

“Well, I’ll soon want another one,” Genesis responds. “And no IVF this time. We’ll keep trying naturally until the baby comes.”

Genesis leaves the bed and slips into a long, shapeless gown.

“I have to check on Lex. She was having cold feet earlier.”

She shuts the door and takes a tour around the house to ensure that everything is going well. She checks on Lexus in her bedroom but doesn’t find her. When she tries her number, she discovers the phone is left beneath the pillow. Genesis asks around but no one has seen Lexus. On instinct, she steps outside and follows a path that leads her to Eva’s grave. There, she spots Lexus smoking a joint.

Genesis hikes up her dress and steps on the verdant lawn that has been trimmed and treated for the wedding. To her left is the spot designated for the ceremony. It is decorated in the wedding colors of purple, burgundy and orange, a combination put together by Lexus that has turned out lovely.

Genesis dashes towards the spot and fixes a rogue ribbon sticking out of the gazebo erected for the bride and groom. She also notices a flower out of place and puts it right. Done, she walks to Lexus.

“Getting high before the wedding?” she asks.

“Wanna try?”

Lexus points her half-smoked joint at Genesis who declines with a shake of her head.

“Eva and I were the most dysfunctional mother and daughter. We used to smoke a lot of weed.”

“Is that what you’re doing with her now?”

Lexus chuckles. “She jokes.”

“Still having cold feet?”

“They’re now frozen. Maybe it’s the weather.”

Genesis picks out a tiny twig off Lexus’ styled hair.

“Or maybe it’s just you coming to deal with the fact that you’re giving someone your entire life.”

“Scary shii.”

“I know.” Genesis gathers her dress. “May I?” she asks permission to sit on Eva’s grave.

“Sure.”

She settles beside Lexus. “Tell me how you’re feeling.”

“I don’t know. I’m just not feeling this whole thing. Is that normal.”

“Very. Most of the couples I’ve worked with passed through this.”

“And did any of them drop out of the wedding?”

“Drop out,” Genesis repeats, chortling. “Yes, dear. I had this guy that I caught with his ex on the morning of the wedding in his hotel room. He said he couldn’t go through with it. I had to announce to his fiancée and everyone that dude was no show.”

“Were you mad at him as the wedding planner?”

“Of course, I was upset that all my plans were to waste. But I’ve been in the business long enough to know that many people get married for the wrong reasons.”

“I love Kasi. I want to do this but I don’t know if I can be a wife and do wifely stuff. I’m freaking out here.”

Genesis doesn’t say anything for a few minutes. Both of them sit silently as Lexus smokes. To their right, the wedding party area, marked by two long tables and a dance floor in the center, is canopied by an arrangement of strings of tiny blue lights. They are almost invisible during the day but when night comes and they light up, they give the feeling of having thousands of stars hanging over the guests.

“I always give free advice and romantic ideas to couples that come to me. And when they try them, things go great for them. But do you know that the same ideas don’t work for your father and I? For instance, today is Valentine’s and we haven’t gotten each other anything and neither of us is bothered because we have our way of doing things. No one marriage is similar to the other. It all depends on the individuals involved. Tonbra, you fought to have this wedding go your way. You should do the same to have the marriage of your dreams. Love Kasiobi your own way, not by a script from somewhere.”

“You think two of us will do well?”

“You’ll do great, darling.”

“Eva, you heard that? Mommy says we’ll do great.”

Genesis laughs. “Mommy?”

Lexus looks at her in admiration. “You’ve been more than that to me, Gen. You’ve been there every day, supporting me. It’s always good to know that there’s someone I can always go to. Thank you. And just so you know, I fucking love you.”

“Oh Lord.” Genesis’ eyes burn with tears. She rubs her fingers over them. “I love you too, sweetie.”

She hugs Lexus and leaves multiple kisses on her cheek. “Oya stand up, throw away that weed, let’s get you dressed for your big day. Gosh I’m high from secondhand smoke.”

Lexus laughs. “Me, I’m coasting.”

Genesis drags her up and back in the direction of the house.

“Happy Valentine’s Eva!” she shouts. “I’m pregnant, by the way!”

Genesis stops. “You’re kidding me!”

“I’m not.”

“And you were smoking?!”

“Shhh!”

“You’re seriously pregnant?”

Lexus nods.

“And you were smoking?! What is wrong with you?!” She smacks her. “But seriously, you’re pregnant?!”

“Fuck yes!”

“Oh my God!” Genesis holds back a shriek. “Does Kasiobi know?”

“No. I’m telling him in my vows.”

“Oh lord, oh lord, oh lord…” Genesis packs a fistful of her dress and covers her face with it. “I’m so going to cry today.”

Lexus tugs down the dress. “Don’t naked yourself because of baby blues. Let’s be going, aunty.”

She links arms with her and they hurry towards the house.

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It is only a few minutes before Lexus walks down the aisle and she is set to go. Surrounding her are married women. They all lay hands on her and bless her wedding. This is Genesis’ way with every bride she has worked with. She finds that apart from the spiritual blessings that come with the act, the brides always get a boost of confidence to face the day.

Lexus is not acquainted with the women who have laid hands on her but she is grateful to them, nonetheless. After the prayer session, Genesis introduces them.

“This is Honey, Celia and then Mary, who is in charge of the finger foods today and the food on Saturday.”

“Thank you, ladies.”

They each give her a hug and leave with Genesis. Lexus is left with the makeup artist who puts final touches on her face. Wura is also there.

“Lex?” Wura calls. “I have this to tell you.”

“I’m listening,” says Lexus, clinging to her flower bouquet.

Wura clears her throat and begins to sing Patoranking’s Wedding Day to her. An excited Lexus sways to the music and together they leave the room, dancing. For the pleasure of the few people left in the house who are yet to join the waiting crowd outside, Wura and Lexus entertain until they step into the open air.

“You daddy is waiting for you,” Wura informs Lexus, dabbing her face. “And gosh! He’s so hot today. He looks ten years younger.”

Lexus follows Wura’s stare to where Dominic waits nearby.

“Dude is dying his grey hairs. He doesn’t know he’s old.”

“Be nice.”

Lexus hands Wura her bouquet and walks up to her father. Engrossed in his phone, he is not aware of her presence until she speaks. When he lifts his head and looks in her direction, he loses poise.

“Wow.” He clears his throat. “Tonbra…”

“Yes, Dominic.”

He seeks for words to express himself but can’t find them. “Would it be okay to just say you’re breathtaking?”

She nods.

“And that I’m proud of you?”

She nods again.

“And that I love you so much?” his voice breaks.

She nods the third time.

“Evangeline wouldn’t have missed this for the world. Look at you – all grown. Right under my nose.”

Lexus spins around.

“I have something I kept over the years.” He opens his blazer and takes out a small handcrafted card, the same one Lexus presented to him on her eighth birthday, when she met him for the first time. He had been around when she was just a baby but that day had been their first real meeting. The memory was etched in Dominic’s heart, together with the heartbreaking message in the card.

“Dear daddy,” he reads. “Today is your birthday. Tomorrow is my birthday. I will see you for the first time but you will go away. I will miss you. Please, don’t go.”

Lexus grins. “Yup. That was all me.”

“I was a stupid father when I had you, and I made terrible mistakes along the way but I’m grateful that you gave me a chance to redeem myself. Now, I want to beg in your own words, please, don’t go. Stay around, have your kids here, watch me and Genesis grow old. Don’t go away.”

Lexus reaches over and hugs him. It is the first time he is expressing the pain they both have faced over the loss of their loved ones.

“I’m not going anywhere, daddy. You know that.” Lexus straightens out his lapel just as her bridal song comes on. “Would you do the honor of walking me down the aisle, handsome?”

“Aye, missy.”

They walk to the wedding ground and step on the custom-made rollup carpet that illustrates the milestones in Lexus and Kasiobi’s relationship.

“Whose idea was this?” Dominic asks.

“Your wife’s.”

“I’m going to have pleasure stepping on Kasiobi’s head.”

Both of them titter as they make their way to Kasiobi and the minister. After placing a peck on her forehead, Dominic leaves Lexus with Kasiobi. The lovebirds face each other as the ceremony kicks off.

Sitting beside her husband, Genesis captures every moment with a smile that finds it hard to leave her face. Sometimes, her eyes glisten up. Sometimes, laughter erupts from her. When she turns her gaze to the crowd and catches Jide’s arm around Honey, Mary whispering into Ekene’s ear, Seyi trying to steal a kiss from Hauwa, Mahmud ogling his wife without shame, her pride swells.

But no emotion beats the sense of fulfillment that comes with knowing that her favorite couple in the world is finally taking this huge step.

Days later, if you ask her about the best wedding she’s ever planned, she would mention the name Kaslex. For her, the magic didn’t start when the guests started trooping in or when Lexus walked down the aisle with her father or when she let slip while saying her wedding vows that she was pregnant, leaving Kasiobi stunned for a long time, or even when they shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

No, it began three years ago, when she spied the duo kissing under the huge tree that separated the Ditorusin mansion from the guesthouse. There had been something fresh and magical about the kiss that stirred an emotion in Genesis. It was in the way they looked into each other’s eyes when their lips parted. She saw love that was hard to find in the world she lived in. She saw friendship. She saw trust. She saw lovers that were willing to do anything to make each other happy.

It was on that day she got the calling to venture into the path of ensuring that couples who came to her had their happy endings. If not for a lifetime, then at least, for one day.

She felt her husband’s hand slip into hers. She looked at him but his eyes were on his daughter.

“Best Valentine’s gift ever, Genesis Raymond. I feel blessed. I owe you one.”

She smiles. He winks.

He has no idea that it is she who feels blessed. He had taken her from a shameful lifestyle and made her a princess. He doesn’t owe her anything. He is a gift that keeps giving.

“I now pronounce you husband and wife,” the minister declares. “Kasiobi, feel free to kiss your bride.”

Kasiobi lowers his lips to Lexus’, and well… we all know how that ends.

©Sally@moskedapages

 

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  1. Sally Reply

    This brings an end to this combined series – for now.
    There are a lot of unanswered questions and characters and stories left hanging.
    >What happens to Oba and Didi?
    >And Hauwa and Seyi
    >Where is Yazmin?
    >Does Bobby find love with Naomi?
    >Will the guy at the gym become a threat to Jide’s relationship with Honey?
    Leaving all of that hanging was deliberate. This was not supposed to be something serious like the other series. I was working on a few projects and I didn’t want to leave the blog dry, so I decided to put Novocaine Knights and It’s Another Saturday into one story. The second reason was to drive sales to both books.
    Now, we have come to the end of this, and I want to thank you guys for following. I really appreciate it.
    Someone asked if I pick pictures and fashion the story about them or if I go looking for pictures to fit the stories.
    Well, I do both, but more of the latter. I usually already have my story, so I go searching for an image that fits a certain section of it. Sometimes I find the perfect one, other times I find the less perfect one and tweak the story a little. Once in a blue moon, I see an image and go, ‘that’s Genesis!’ or ‘that looks like a Mary!’
    Hope I answered that question.
    Don’t forget to kindly drop your comments about the series in general and this episode.
    I love you!

    And yes…Happy Birthday, Dumebi

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    • Hi Sally , this is one of ur best episode better, though u are putting it on hold for now, I can’t help but say u have done an amazing job. Wow ur mind works in ways I can’t even begin to imagine. Like I always say u are blessed. Am going to miss all d characters in this story and I hope one day u will finish it. So what is next, well pls don’t keep those of us addicted to ur work waiting for too long pls. GOD bless u always. Happy valentine’s day and my love to u and urs. Do have a wonderful valentine’s day. Ejibabe

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      • Sally Reply

        Ejibabe, i appreciate this.
        Thanks a lot and God bless you abundantly

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  2. calabar gal Reply

    Thank u Sally – I have been a monitoring spirit the entire day. Lemme go and read.

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  3. This is a nice birthday gift Mami, thank you.
    Brb let me go and read

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  4. It’s always a pleasure with you Sally….To moskedapages , to stories , to love

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  5. Scribbledheartbeat Reply

    Aye.. Aye.. maami Sally., thanks so so much for the read.. Loved every single bit of the story; from episode 1 to tis end.. God bless you

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  6. calabar gal Reply

    Thank u once again Sally – I was so teary eyed and welled up during that scene with Ama’s sister. God does indeed work in mysterious ways.

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  7. So beautiful. almost cried but i gas dust am, hehehehe
    Happy vals day Sally.
    Biko don’t leave us hanging for long o. some of us need our weekly Moskegapages dose o.
    Much love Sweetie.

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  8. Thanks Sally, it was worth the read. Enjoyed every bit of it. You are a good writer keep it ip. And enjoy the rest of the week cheers!

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  9. Sally, sally, sally
    How many times will I call you, Nne.
    The way you write…chai!

    Where do I start? Is it Jide and Honey or Ekene and Mary Or Dom and Gen or Lex and Kas or Wura and Mymood

    This was beautiful. If I was a girl, I’d have cried.
    Happy Vals

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  10. Oh my heart… i’m reading this again on Saturday… to ginger myself for when I see the Mr. He’s gonna get some good good loving.
    Thank you Sally for all that you do!! You are the best muahhhh😚😚

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  11. Just wow. I love how this ends “for now”. I pray there’s a continuation in the not too distant future. You did good Sally. 2 thumbs up.
    I hope the wives get back that connection that seem to have gone missing since the passing of their friends(or even before). I can’t wait to see how it unfolds between Hauwa and Seyi. Mr Anonymous, please stay away from Honey. Thank you Sally, this was a long long read and what a pleasure it was soaking up the words.

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  12. Awwwwwwwww! What a sweet ending. Pls let Naomi & Bobby find love again.

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  13. No pls don’t tell me this is wer it ends… am nt Taking dat. Pls Sally , do something.. tank u for this. U made my day. Valentine day fulfilled. Like u said der re still unanswered questions in d story wich am looking forward to u answering dem in subsequent stories…. am glad I stumbled on this page. I love u sally… happy valentine from me to everyone of u in moskedapages.com

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    • Sally Reply

      Clarabest, thank you
      I understand exactly how you feel. I will always make it up to you

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  14. Awwww.. This is sooooo romantic. Thanks Sally. Pls don’t keep us waiting for long.

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  15. I held my breath till I got to the end. Sally you are blessed. Was having a bad day till I read this. Thank you so much.xoxo

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    • Sally Reply

      Sorry about your bad day
      I’m glad that you enjoyed this and it uplifted your mood

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  16. Sally… I’m short of words… Ah juss wanna say “I love you”…. How sweet…. I don’t know what to say sef… I just love you

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  17. Awwwwww….I’m tearing up!!!! I like how you left so many unanswered questions…It makes us use our imaginations…

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  18. Turban Girl Reply

    Beautiful!!! Breathtaking story, I read slowly, Thank You Sally, more beautiful ideas and words to your mind. Seyi and Hauwa were becoming my couple of the moment.

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  19. Mr. Life coach, abeg park well and leave honey alone oh. Thank you Sally. Thank you.

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    • Sally Reply

      I might just continue Jide and Honey’s story to bring Mr. Lifecoach in
      Or what do you think?

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      • Please do Sally!
        Honey and Jide are my absolute faves in this series and anything to sneak in their story? Yes please….
        I’m sure there are +1000 people who agree with me!
        Thank you for beautiful writing always, ma’am.

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  20. Awwww Sally I thoroughly enjoyed this and I’m sad it’s ending. Thanks for the beautiful ending though. Happy valentine day!

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  21. This is so sweet, a real Valentine special! Thanks for given expression to your gift. Super gifted babe! Much love.

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  22. Oh Sally.. .you still leave me speechless.
    I love you and the way you write…every character…every episode.

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  23. Whaooo, its a good read, I enjoyed every bit of it. more wisdom. Hopefully we get to answer the unanswered questions. Happy Val.

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  24. The way u write is magical,,your skills ehn,,thanks sooooooo much,it’s been an interesting ride

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    • Sally Reply

      Thanks for making my head swell this morning 😀 😀 😀

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  25. damn this is awesome sally….love this episode, love you too. this episode is the bomb. goodness me, I just appreciate you
    but..wait o, I hope this isn’t the end as per d loose ends u mentioned nko.. you can rest for now on it but pretty please conclude it later.
    happy valentine’s day everyone on moskedpages

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  26. Awwwn such a romantic episode I love this😍😍 love is truly a beautiful thing thanks aunt Sally for this lovely episode I love you😘😘

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  27. I read this for 35 mins and it was still too short. This is really beatiful and I am so happy at where this pause is. Pls release the book in time biko….😘😘😘 God bless you.

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    • Sally Reply

      Aww, sweetheart, there is no book

      But you know I’ll always be here.

      Thank you

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  28. What an amazing journey this has been. Thanks for sharing with us Sally. Happy vals day.

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  29. Ewwww! Ye Ms Sally, now you wanna make me cry. What’s gonna happen to my Saturday? How do I even cope when “it’s another Saturday” without “Novocaine knights (nights)…yeah! Pun intended.

    Bye bye wo’mymood, domgen, kaslex, jidhon, ekemary, hausey, obadid, tolemak,…it’s bye-bye for a little while…

    I am sorry Ms Sally, I can’t handle this…I am too attached. Pls perform your miracle, use your magic wand and bring back our Saturday soonest.

    Till then, putting you in prayers..
    May you always be happy…for you make us happy.
    May you always find joy, happiness and satisfaction…for you satisfy us always.
    May everything good and every good things come your way…Amen.

    Warm regards to your loving and supportive husband and your adorable children. Thanks love..happy Valentine always.

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    • Sally Reply

      Awww,Busrat, this is beautiful and sweet

      Thank you very much

      I love you and pray God’s blessings on you and yours too

      *kisses

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    • I agree. thanks a lot Sally. Happy valentine’s day to you and your family. Its been an interesting ride with IANS, i wish it wont end.

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  30. Sally, u re just too awesome. Kudos to u n urs, u re d best. Don’t know whr to start 4rm coz all d character re superb. Tanks 1s again for a great job.
    Xoxo

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  31. I thoroughly enjoyed reading IANS. It’s so sad that it has come to an end. I’m so happy lex and kas finally tied the knot. For a minute I thought lex was going to chicken out. God does indeed work in mysterious ways. Look how He fixed hon and Jide’s problem. Thanks for the double dose Sally. Happy Valentine.

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  32. Thank you Sally for this gift you have shared with us.
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and 15years anniversary with your husband.
    This story was wonderful, hope you get the inspiration to continue it later.

    Love you 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

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  33. God knwz I’m glad to knw diz Moskedapage. Very nyc story…. I really really enjoyed it. tnx Sally buh no more IANS😭😭 I hope you will bring another 1 for us sha. God bless you! #kizzez
    enen wah abt the 1 u promised us? av 4gotn d title…. stranger in Lagos or something😟😟

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  34. God knwz I’m glad to knw diz Moskedapage. Very nyc story…. I really really enjoyed it. tnx Sally buh no more IANS😭😭 I hope you will bring another 1 for us sha. God bless you! #kizzez
    enen wah abt the 1 u promised us? av 4gotn d title…. stranger in Lagos or something😥 TNX 4 d val gift

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    • Sally Reply

      Thanks you, Honey

      Stranger in Lagos is not ready yet but soon

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  35. kudos Sally it been an amazing experience following your work stumbled on it on 360nobs.com couple years back since I av been hooked like a junky and also for ur referal to other blogs thanks a lot may you be empowered to attain heights pple fall from with the grace of the almighty

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  36. Glowing Kosnie Reply

    Beautiful and Amazingly done…Thanks Sally for this great romantic piece, which it didn’t have to end this way but I know you’re sure churning up something that will deal with all these loose ends and more. You’re an inspiration Sally and words fail me sometimes but know that YOU Are Simply The BEST

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  37. More ink to this awe inspiring writer. I so crave my own happy ending with this episode I just read. Have been stalking this site like a fool and I was not disappointed.
    Let me go tell my friends to come read. Looking forward to more

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  38. Awwwww, this is sweet, thanks Sally for bringing NK and IAS together. God bless you more. Please this cannot end here o, not at this point. Team #bringbackourIANS.

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  39. wow this has been super amazing I enjoyed every bit of it. I’m happy it all ended well for everyone.lookibg forward to well you continue the story but no heart breaks o sally biko, I know life isn’t perfect but some stories can be perfect because you sally control it. you are and amazing writer and I will miss this story. oya boys with toys and darker berry biko. thanks and I love you and there is nothing you can do about it

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    • Sally Reply

      Hahahaha! I love you as well

      Darker Berry will return soon. Tomi is still tied up. I don’t know about Boys With Toys

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  40. Awwwwww, thanks Sally. You are so blessed, thanks for sharing this with us. I loved the happy ending, looking forward to more from you…………xoxo

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  41. aw….. sally i love dis.speechless. pls do let me knw wen d e book is out. tnks

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    • Sally Reply

      There’ll be no ebook, dear. I didn’t mention that there would be.
      I may only continue it as series but no ebook. I’m sorry

      Thanks dear for reading

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  42. Wow! Aunty Sally! Like I have always said and will always say you are an amazing writer…. Tears? I had that one plenty and even tho it ends here I must say that it’s been a very very very very interesting read. Thanks for keeping me occupied, emotional and most of all educated! Love you!

    And yes! Hauwa is officially my best character! I don’t know but there’s just something about the way she handled Seyi and a woman like that is my defintion of a Lady! I still love you Honey, Mary, Genesis, yes! Celia! And every other amazing woman I encountered in this series… Not forgetting the guys tho I love you all!

    N.B. Aunty Sally, please I no longer receive notifications on new series on email….. Don’t know if am the only one experiencing this… Thanks!

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    • Sally Reply

      Hmmm….looks like Hauwa has a lot of fans

      Glad to know you enjoyed it

      Two notifications went out for this. One last night and one this morning. If you check your spam box and it’s not there, then you’re not subscribed to any of them. Please sign up by scrolling down after this post or if you’re using a laptop, look to your right.

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  43. Oh my God, so this is the end of series, i will so miss dis Erie. Thank you Sally. God bless you big

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  44. Thanks,Sally. This was superb,glued to the screen as usual. More grease to your elbow

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  45. Finally had the chance to read this episode. Ahh sally this shouldn’t end. I’m so going to miss Jide’s character. Started ff darius williams on ig sef. Ohh my honey… I’m so going to miss this!! I’ve gotten addicted to the story…sigh!! I just hope the coming series ll have me ds hooked. I trust you tho. I love you Sally, God bless you.xx

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  46. Ifiok 'primrose Reply

    Well done Sally, and may God continue to bless and uplift you.. I have been trying to subscribe to your newsletter but I can’t. pls why is dat?

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    • Sally Reply

      Thank you Ifiok
      Please give specifics of your subscription problem. Your question is vague

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  47. Started reading b4 d champions league begins 2days ago, wen my favourite team barcelona lost 4nil to psg, I was not in good shape to read so I stopped. yesterday was Same wen my 1daful Arsenal was weeped like a kid. I finally used dis to console myself and as usual it was breathtaking. finally kaslex, dat bae is a handful, thank God 4 jide and honey life, he is truly GOD, and 4 Seyi and hauwa. luv dat hauwa is keeping it real not all women knows dat. and to ekene and tomiwa is really gud to finding their groove. all in total madam sally u r the best. But all am thinking now is am addicted like a cray-cray to my weekly dose hope it won’t b long b4 it get worse. wishing u and ur familly d best in life.

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  48. Seye

    Thank you for blessing us always Sally. Always something to pick in a Sally story, thank you. Thanks for showing us how patience gets issues settled (in Honey/Amata/Jide’s case); thanks for showing that couples should stay determined to stick together; thanks for telling us we have to accommodate our own people not minding their excesses…and a lot more.
    Glad Lex and Kasiobi finally got a way to end up together.
    How Wura and Mahmood let love win against all odds is a great encouragement to people, I believe.
    Seyi and Dominic sticking together shows a lot about how friendship should be.
    Need I say more about Jide and Honey. The will to be together always trumps love in my opinion, and they always have that.
    Mary and Ekene found a way, and that’s nice.
    I can go on and on…
    Thank you Sally. Your ink won’t run dry; your imagination will always stay in tip top condition.
    Bless up

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  49. ohhhhhhhhhhhh Sally, u almost got me in tears….. d end??? ahhhaahnnn#intwysevoice# ok ooo😭😭… you’re just d best Sally honay, u know u r my chocolate as usual… more grace… I love u scatter..

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  50. Thanks Sally for this beautiful piece. God bless you.
    You dnt know how much you make my day with your blog series. You are a great writer.
    And happy anniversary to you and hubby

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  51. I have read this episode 3ce and sincerely I don’t want it to end. This seems to be my best series so far on this blog.
    Sally, can we have this in ebook for sale and let the story continue like TFF, so the ebook is a complete version. This characters seem to be a part of my world already and I cannot do without them, I look forward to them like literally.
    I am happy everyone got their happy endings.
    Sally, thank you for doing this, thank you for helping a girl dream. Your stories are amazing and your commitment to this is highly commendable.
    Wishing you all the best.

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  52. Real sadness is when Sally ends a story that you don’t want to end. I am sad but really happy at the same time ’cause there will be a return! Yasssss! Sally, I can’t tell you enough but thank you. Trust me, I know doing this is hard but you keep on in spite of it. Love you so much and may your talent remain in the spotlight. Plenty xoxo to you and yours!

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  53. I feel sad that u r drawing the curtain of ISANS here but all the same I found the series very captivating. I was mesmerized the first time I read Novocaine Nights, wondering abt your talent as a writer, the way u expresses the characters, it was as if I was watching a movie and then u came up with It Is Another Saturday. You r the best Sally, just endeavour to continue our ISANS soon

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  54. Am sorry my comment is coming late but Sally you can’t and this story here oh! The story have not finish….Plz one more elaborate episode biko

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  55. Thanks for this episode, may God bless ur brain…please when is darker berry coming up

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  56. Olajumoke Jeremiah Reply

    I didn’t cry because i am as african and Papa, aka Jidenna’s father.

    I admire Dom, Lex and Gen relationship. I come from a background of if your father or mother catches you smoking anything, even mat reeds, you are a candidate for deliverance and possible disownment.

    Sally great work. Since the day i stumbled on you, i hadn’t looked back. I have smiled, i have vexed, my eyes had misted, biggest of all i came out of my shell and realized there is a writer in me, and that my opinion counts too.

    God bless

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  57. Well, there it is. The end. And a wonderful end it is. Magical story. Even magical writing. I’m going to miss these characters, honestly. I hope future stories are going exist within the same universe as Genesis and co. Man, so emotional right now. Bye bye Jide. Bye bye Honey. Bye bye Dominic. Bye bye Genesis. Bye bye everyone. *sniff* 😢

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  58. Marycollette Reply

    *sad face*
    Why am I just seeing that this was the end of the series. Sally you just broke my heart. I have been coming here weekly to check for a new one. *crying* I started living with those characters, now I even got evicted without my knowledge.

    It was indeed a wonderful read. I can move on.

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