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Monday, March 6, 2017

Adaobi.......EPISODE 1


My village was a relatively small one with a population
of about 1700 people. My father was a high
ranking
member of the Igwe's cabinet and as such has just
been invited to come to the village for an important
event. The governor of our state was coming into the
village for a visit and also to take the hand of a
daughter of the land in marriage. It was indeed a
great occasion which required the presence of every
notable member of my village.

I had managed to convince my father to take me
along with him to the village, not really because i
wanted to meet the governor, no, that was far from
my concern. My sole reason was based on a matter of
the heart. A girl i had fallen in love with the last time i
visited my village which was over 2 years ago.
Her name was Adaobi and she was the only daughter
of her parents, of course she had 3 other brothers who
were all her elders. I fondly called her Ada.
I met Ada when my family visited my village for the
Christmas celebration back in 2014. I had gone to the
village borehole to fetch drinking water for our house.
Having come back from the "CITY" i made sure i set a
class between me and the regular villagers. With
earphones in my ear and one jerrycan, i set out for the
borehole which was a short distance from our house. I
arrived at the borehole to meet a short line of gallons.
I had to put mine in line and stand aside. I kept
myself busy with my phone, chatting away on 2go
with my friends. Whatsapp hadn't become popular
back then. The sun was hitting hard and i had always
been uncomfortable being under the sun. Ada
happened to be the owner of the gallons in front of
mine. I walked up to her and Touched her. She looked
up at me and i was dazzled by the beauty in her face
and her eyes were out of this world. Her bushy
eyelashes were dope enough to put the fixed ones to
shame and her finely cut, bushy eyebrows needed no
eye pencil.
She was Ebony black in complexion and her skin
shone like a polished Italian leather shoe.
"Please help me fetch that gallon behind yours when
you are done fetching yours, i will be under that tree"
i said to her looking her straight in the eyes.. She
didn't say a word, she just nodded, i murmured my
thanks and left to hide from the sun under the tree.
Sitting under the tree, i decided to take in the rest of
the details. She was wearing a black gown which
hugged her body and outlined all the features of her
body perfectly. Her figure was the shape of an hour
glass, her breasts were full and stood firm while her
hips wasn't too much or too small, they were perfect
with her ass curving out moderately. Her sumptuous
legs were a bit bowed which were really cute on her.
She fetched her cans, fetched mine and motioned to
me to come for it. Soon we were on our way home.
She had two of her cans inside a wheelbarrow she
was pushing. I was dragging mine along with my
hand, switching it from left to right at intervals. She
walked before me and i followed. I watched as her
hips swayed from side to side and couldn't take it
anymore. I increased my pace and caught up with
her.
"Hey, wait" i called her and she stopped, dropped her
wheelbarrow and faced me.
"which side are you going to" i asked and dropped my
gallon. She pointed in the direction of my house. I
dropped my gallon into her wheelbarrow and took over
the pushing myself while she walked beside me.
"So, don't you talk? " i asked her as we moved. She
smiled revealing her dimples and i fell in love with her
more.
" I talk" she replied still smiling and looking ahead of
us. She didn't try looking at me.
"So you are shy then" i continued while looking at her.
"I don't know" she said. We continued walking in
silence. We soon got to the gate to our backyard. I
stopped and removed my gallon from the barrow. She
took back the handle and was about to leave.
"What's your name" i asked her.
"Adaobi" she replied.
"Can you show me your house? " i asked her.
"It's just down there" she said pointing further down
the path.
"okay, Ada can i see you again" i asked her.
"Why do you want to see me?"
"Nothing, i would just love to"
"Okay, you will see me when the time comes" she said
still not looking at me.
"Hmm, can I help you push the barrow down to your
house?" i asked
"No" she retorted.
"why?"
"my parents won't like it and i really have to go, they
will be waiting for me" she said picking up her
wheelbarrow.
"Okay, i will come looking for you, bye" i told her and
picked my gallon of water.
"Okay o, goodbye" she said and wheeled off her
barrow as I went inside our house.
***********
I didn't see Ada again for over two days and in
between those times, i was tempted to go out looking
for her at her house but thought twice about it when i
remembered what she told me about her parents.
On 24th night, my father decided we would be going
for the night vigil in my village church. We were
Catholics.
At the church, i made sure i sat alone and far from
other members of my family. I took a seat in the last
pew at the far end if the church where i would be able
to observe everything happening within the church.
The church service started by 10pm and everything
went slowly like it always did at Christmas night
vigils. I was always on the lookout for Ada or
anything that looked like her. It wasn't until during
the offering time that i saw her. She was on a white
fitted gown and had a black hooded sweater over it.
Her hair was covered by a head warmer. I followed
her around with my eyes and made sure i found out
where she sat. I focused my attention on her right
until service was over. Service was dismissed at a
little after 1am and everywhere was already rowdy
with the sounds from people, noises and flashes from
fireworks. I got up from my seat and went after Ada
as she was heading towards the exit door along with
the crowd trooping out of the church. As i was
struggling hard to wade through the crowd, i lost
sight of her, she had disappeared into the sea of
people. I walked out of the church building feeling
very disappointed. I scanned the whole place with my
eyes and couldn't make her out, dejectedly i walked to
where our car was parked and everybody was there
except my dad. We all wished each other a merry
xmas. I leaned at the boot of the car and started
searching around for my father. I found him standing
with the Rev Father who had officiated the midnight
service and at their far right was Ada. She walked
down to where i was and passed, she probably didn't
know i was there.
"you guys should go without me, i'm coming " i said
to my people and ran after her before they could ask
where i was going.
" Why do you keep disappearing and reappearing?" i
asked as I caught up with her. She turned to me and
smiled
"Merry xmas" she sang out.
"Wish you the best, where have you been since" i
asked
"Nowhere, why do you ask? "
"Nothing, just that I've been looking for you for a long
time now"
"Hmmm, where and where did you look for me "
" Everywhere " i said and we both laughed. I held her
hand as we walked home. We took a lonely path, we
needed no distraction. It was obvious we were into
each other but i didn't want to tell it straight to her
that i liked her, i just wanted to let things play out by
itself. I walked her to her house and we stood by their
thatched fence and talked for some while. It was
obvious we didn't want leave each other's company.
Eventually i had to let go. She turned reluctantly to
walk inside, i stood and watched her with love in my
eyes. I called her back and hugged her. She pecked
me on my cheek and we both left for our various
destinations.
To Be Continued

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