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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 #12

Wale had just come back from the office and slumped on the chair, when he saw a note on the center table in the living room. He took it and after reading it flung it away. His wife Onome told him she was going on a trip and when she was back, they had to see a marriage counselor. “It is too late to work on this marriage” he muttered to himself and then he switched on the television. The first picture that hit him was that of Tehilah.  She was on the news and they were saying she was pregnant, but before the thought could settle in his mind, there was a flash of Haliru telling the public that he was the father of Tehilah’s baby. “She was cheating on me? How dare she make a fool of me” he flung the television remote controller and began to pace…

Roses And Thorns #11

“You had no right, Haliru. You had no right” Tehilah said in the coolest voice she could muster. Her anger was boiling up to the brim, but she was trying her hardest to rein it in.  Even in her anger, she could see Haliru’s good intentions, but it didn’t change the fact that he had made things more complicated. If the child was born and looked like Wale, she was going to be in trouble and even her career could be destroyed. It would be the biggest scam since the Buhari government, and she didn’t ask for it. “I just want to help. I have been trying to tell you how much I love you” Haliru turned her to face him. They were in his office, where Tehilah had marched to, with the anger oozing out of her pores. He was surprised that she was speaking so calmly, even though…

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…

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