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The Fourth Finger #21

Christie woke up alone and with the sun in her face. The room was bright with daylight. The shades had been drawn apart and she couldn’t remember doing so. She lay in bed for a while, allowing the goodness of the previous night soak into her core, leaving her face in smiles. But the day held long activities for her, so she turned off the air conditioner and placed her feet on the cold floor quite begrudgingly. She had woken up a couple of hours ago to use the toilet and when she returned to bed to lie down with her backside to Folarin’s crotch, they made love again and fell asleep exhausted. Now, she felt sore and tired. She went for a leak, came back to the bedroom and saw that there was a ring box on her dressing table. A grin spread over her lips. Folarin always made…

The Fourth Finger #20

Previous episodes of The Fourth Finger Tired after her long meeting, Christie arrived at the hospital to visit Bernadette and her baby at exactly 7pm. A nurse at the reception, upon recognizing her, presented a perky smile. “Mrs. Adediran, longest time! So nice to see you. How is the family?” “Everyone’s fine.” “And Boluwatife? Last time I saw her, her front teeth were out.” “She’s all grown now.” “Aww, my love to her. You’re here to see Mrs. Uchendu, right?” “Yes.” “Well, she is not out of surgery yet,” the nurse replied. Christie put out a confused face. “She had a caesarian?” “Yes but she’s still in the theater. There was a little complication and they had to wheel her back in.” “Complication? What happened?” “Nothing serious. It will be sorted out. The baby is fine, though. You can go and see him. It’s not visiting hours but just because…

The Fourth Finger #19

Toni carried that look on her face that women are often said to have after a wonderful night with men they love. She just couldn’t stop smiling, although she had kept a composed demeanor when Andre took her home the next morning and plastered kisses on her face and neck. “I’m going to miss you, Arinola.” He kept his constantly-focused eyes on her. She wanted to tell him she would miss him too; instead she leaned over and kissed his chin. It was her favorite place on his body to kiss apart from his lips. She loved the way his stubble felt on her face “I’m beginning to understand your subliminal language, young woman.” He laughed. “In other words, you’ll miss me too. It’s aiight. My regards to your mom and bon voyage.” When he was gone and she was alone, Toni fell into a sea of mushiness, listening…

The Fourth Finger #18

Read Previous Episodes… Meanwhile, this is 18+. All kids, go outside and play. It was the day before her trip to London with Tayo. Dapo had not been able to get a visa so fast. He was to join them the minute the British embassy approved of his trip. Lade was out of the house with Tayo to get her things. Leticia was helping Toni pack a bag while Toni spread out on the floor, going through Andre’s Twitter timeline. She had just discovered it under a different name. He had quite a following but he followed only a few people and she was one of them. It was through his cryptic tweets she realized what he felt for her was deep and he was only looking out for her safety. He spoke about his feelings in an obscure way only she could understand. He talked about the love they made…

The Fourth Finger #17

Catch up on previous episodes of the fourth finger All seven of them were seated. Not a sound was heard. Christie’s face was buried in a silk scarf. If she could have hidden her entire self in it, she would have. Her sins were about to be laid bare and there was nowhere to run. She had no idea what Folarin had in the recording he wanted to show to their friends but she guessed it was evidence of her affair with Raji. It had just occurred to her that no matter what happened now, two days later or twenty years on, her imprudence was never going to be erased. History will have it that she cheated on her husband. She watched helplessly as Folarin pointed a remote control at the TV on the electronic stand before them. Unable to hold her shame in any longer, Christie immediately fell…

The Fourth Finger #15

Read previous episodes of The Fourth Finger She came to him at night. After one tap on his door, she entered his room. “Manny, I think I’m having a miscarriage.” He jolted out of bed. “It’s happening again,” she mumbled, her eyes going wet. “You feel pain?” She nodded. “There’s blood too. And it’s a lot.” “Are you sure?” “Manny, I have lost four pregnancies before. I know what’s going on. Please take me to the hospital.” “Okay.” He tapped the pockets of the jeans he had fallen asleep in. “Erm… Let me get my key and we’ll be out of here.” He went back to his bed and picked a t-shirt. When he returned to her, he found her crouched on the floor, crying. “Lade, please get up.” “Why me? What have I done to God, Manny?” “You’ve done nothing, baby. This is not your fault at all.…

The Fourth Finger #14

Read all episodes of The Fourth Finger Solomon always got her depressed. And it wasn’t for the fact that he extorted her. Seeing him alone made her miserable and this time was no different. He had turned her entire day into gloom and left her with the bitter realization that her relationship with Raji was no different from the one she had with him many years ago. The same feelings of pleasure, affection, excitement; and later on, guilt and self-loathing plagued her. In addition, there was that mood of utter helplessness – you want to stop, you vow to stop but you find yourself going back. She had been told, from the moment she could understand words, that Jesus could save her. She had believed that he could. She had witnessed that he could. But somehow, these days he was silent, content to watch her make a mess of the…

The Fourth Finger #12

Previous Episodes of The Fourth Finger Toni’s meeting at the BMW office went smoothly. It was her second time with them. After the first presentation on Tuesday which saw other ad agencies competing for a chance to pitch their campaign ideas, BMW called Covet back for another run. They loved their idea and wanted them to tweak it a little. They specifically asked for Toni; she went there and wowed them the second time. It was a huge project ticked off her list for the day. The rest of her afternoon was loaded with activities, but first she needed to stop by the office for a quick meeting with her team before she headed out again. “You did great back there, Antonia,” Christie said to her as they both settled into the backseat of Christie’s car. “Thanks.” Christie took out her makeup purse. “I’m excited to have you as partner.…

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