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Roses And Thorns #13

It was a new day and Tehilah was looking forward to the meeting with the representatives from the fashion company. She was about to sign a delicious endorsement deal. When she decided to publish her novel, she never imagined that she would become a celebrity through her books, but alas, she was crushing she had not even set for herself. Her life was almost like a fairytales, except for a few thorns among the roses. After donning a bespoke pant suit from Diva Couture, a celebrity clothe brand, and completing her outfit with a pair of Jimmy Choo, she got ready to sign that deal and take pictures while at it. The events of last night were all a distant memory, and even though she was serious about kicking Adara out of the company, it was not on the top of her priority list. Her main focus was getting a…

Roses And Thorns #10

The weekend had been the worst in Tehilah’s life. She had never gone through such, not even when she hit rock bottom. How could people sit comfortably in their houses and cast judgment on a person they barely knew? She was angry as she switched on her phone for the first time in days. Haliru had advised that she switched off her phones, but she just couldn’t resist the urge to know what strangers were saying about her. After switching on her phone, the first place she went to was twitter, it had become troll central in Nigeria and she knew if she wanted to find out what everyone was saying, it was on twitter. The first mention was bad. “She talked about powerful women who wanted to change her world, when all she wanted to ever be, was a baby mama. @TehilahWrites” “You don’t know my life, what gives…

Roses And Thorns #9

Haliru and Tehilah went out for a business lunch with some movie makers from the U.S, who wanted to adapt her second novel, at an upscale restaurant on Mbadiwe. After the movie people had gone, Tehilah wanted to say goodbye to Haliru, but the latter waved her back down.   “Is something wrong?” Tehilah watched his face, which was cloudy, like he was fighting a battle with himself.    “I am actually fighting a battle inside” he said, as if he had heard Tehilah’s thoughts. “I am wondering if I should say a word or forever hold my peace, now that you are pregnant” Tehilah was taken aback. It was obvious to her that Haliru had seen the news. Would it jeopardize her contract with the publishing company, she wondered. “You know?”   “I wasn’t sure, but it wasn’t something far -fetched, seeing as you are in a committed relationship” Haliru peered into…

Roses And Thorns #8

When Tehilah opened her eyes, they felt heavy. She had spent the night crying her eyes out. Even the presence of her friend Bimpe, could not console her of the grief she felt in her heart. She sighed loudly and got out of bed, at the same time she perceived the aroma of plantain porridge. It smelled like there was enough crayfish and dried fish in it, just as she loved it.      “When did Bimpe learn to cook oh?” Tehilah said with a faint smile. Her friend Bimpe could not cook to save her life. The only food she was good at cooking, was peppered noodles. With eagerness, she tied a robe on her negligee and left the bedroom, even as her stomach rumbled with hunger.         As she approached the kitchen, she heard voices and quickened her pace. When she entered the kitchen, she was shocked to find her mother,…

Roses And Thorns #7

When the plane taxied at Nnamdi Azikiwe airport, Tehilah deplaned and took a taxi. The sun was setting, and casted a beautiful glow over Abuja, it was a sight to behold. Tehilah momentarily forgot her predicament and enjoyed the scenery, as the taxi driver navigated the rush hour traffic. She loved the city and was already beginning to think that, it wouldn’t be hard to adapt to a life in Abuja, with her child and Wale. She told herself that everything would be alright because nothing could go wrong in this beautiful city. While she boarded a taxi, she called Wale to tell him she was on her way, but his number was  unreachable, so Tehilah, decided to drive straight to Wale’s house. When the taxi trudged up the asphalt driveway, Tehilah saw that her boyfriend’s car was not there, so she knew he was not home. She was however…

Roses And Thorns #6

Wale kissed her head, and stared into her expressive dark eyes, “Tehilah, I love you, and you are the most beautiful and sexiest woman I ever met. I can imagine how a daughter from you would look like” Tehilah smiled as she couldn’t believe her eyes, that Wale had come from Abuja to see her. They were in the hospital and she was surrounded by people who loved her. Her fears about Wale had been unnecessary. There was no denying the love, so expressive in his eyes. “I love you too, Wale” Tehilah closed her eyes as he brushed a kiss on her fore-head. “But baby…why did you try to kill yourself?” “What are you talking about?” Tehilah was bewildered, and tried to raise herself up, so she could look at Wale. “I thought…” Tehilah did not allow him complete the statement. “A car drove into my path, and I…

Roses And Thorns #5

      It has been two months since Tehilah relocated to Lagos, to write a new book according to her contract with Bamanga publishing. In that time, she had rented an apartment in the heart of the Lekki, with the help of her first advance payment. She had chosen the apartment because of its ceiling to floor length windows, which gave her a view of the beautiful city of Lagos. It was at this window she stood, with a cup of coffee in her hand.       Tehilah had stayed the night working on the novel she promised Bamanga publishing, yet this morning, she still felt energized, and it was not due to the delicious cappuccino she was drinking. Everything felt right in her world. Today was the re-launch of her first novel, and the novel was already getting an offer from a top movie production house abroad, to be adopted. Even her relationship…

Roses And Thorns #3

Tehilah spent more days than intended in Lagos, and then returned to Port-Harcourt after two weeks in Lagos. After Wale explained that the call had been from his mother, she had not thought anything of it, and had put it out of her mind. In a bid not to allow her past keep her prisoner, she had let down her guard. While she was in Lagos, she got a meeting with the man who sat beside her at the exhibition. He had asked her to call, and when she did, he arranged for her to meet with him at his company building. His company was a leader in Information technology, and the man was of the northern extraction, from a family of oil businessmen. Tehilah became baffled by his interest in book writing, as it had no relationship with his field of expertise. For the meeting, she chose a well-tailored…

Roses And Thorns #2

Read the previous episode of Roses and Thorns On exhibition day, Tehilah dressed up in a pair of ripped jeans, matched with a red leather blazer, and finished the look with a pair of espadrilles. The exhibition Centre was crowded by the time Tehilah got there. She slipped on her identification card to avoid embarrassment from the security agents, and took her seat beside a dark skinned man, who seemed too engrossed in the program. He didn’t even acknowledge her when she sat down, but she didn’t mind. While people were called out to read from their books, Tehilah looked around the auditorium, counting the number of book agents that were present at the event. Her eyes bulged when she looked two rows down, and saw Koksy, a representative from a renowned publishing house that had birthed most of the A-list writers in the country. Koksy was a successful book…

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