She then said. “His name is Adeoluwa.” I took a pause and looked at him, he was already asleep. I didn’t know whether to touch him, carry him or something. I was just too unprepared for these before me. She then said.
“I cannot stay here in Kogi.” I then said. “Then where do you want to stay? You can’t come with me to Lagos”.
She said. “adeoluwa , I have nobody, nobody. I have been rejected by my family, friends and relatives. The only person I have is you and my baby. I can’t stay far away from you, Please.”
I said. “Tope, a lot has happened these few years. I have moved on and you being close could affect everything my mother has established for me, everything I have worked hard for recently. It can destroy me Tope.” She then said. Adeoluwa , I understand but I need someone to run to, someone to depend on. I will never interfere in your life again.
I just need a new place to start all over, I don’t want my baby to go through what I went through. I need to further my education, you helped me once and I know you can help me again. I can’t provide for and protect our child Adeoluwa……
I started to reflect on everything she said. I looked at the child, my child and I felt so sorry. I knew I can’t deny them solace, cant deny them what they want. That’s my blood she’s talking about. I was hasty in conclusion. I looked at my watch and it was almost 1 pm. I then said. “Tope, if we have to go to Lagos we have to go now. Go pack your things, I will be waiting in the car.” It took us about 5 hours to get to Lagos. I lodged them in a hotel and handed her N50,000 in case she needed anything urgent that night. I then left for home. I avoided everyone and went straight to my room. I was very unsettled and completely in distress.
Ella had been calling me but I was too weak to pick her calls. The following day, I drove to pick Ella so we could go to church. She noticed I was not myself and she asked me.
“What is wrong Adeoluwa ? you have been acting strange.” I said to her. “I am pretty ill, but I will be fine.” I insisted it was a flu.
After church service, I dropped Ella at her place and I went home to get some stuffs for Tope and Junior. I got Tope a new Phone and Junior, some of my old toys and lots of candies. I got to their hotel room and she appeared more relaxed. Next thing I heard was. “Daddy!!”. I saw the excitement on his face, it sent a cold chill through my spine. Then Tope said. “Junior, come on stop that. He is uncle not Daddy.” He then said.
“uncle!” I smiled, for he looked so adorable. I gave him his goodies and he said. “Thank you uncle.” I was amazed and there was this urge inside of me to spend time with him. I then said. “Tope, try and relax today, tomorrow you will go shopping with Junior.
Here is N150,000 for you 2. The driver will come tomorrow in the morning, he will also help open an account for you as well. I have told him to secure an apartment for you in a very good environment. It will take you guys 3 days at most to furnish and set up the place to your taste.” She then said.
“Are you not going to be around?” I said. “I told you I will be traveling this week and will be very busy. I may not see you till I return from my trip. But I will always call you….”