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‘I’m pleased to meet you, and I hope this will be the
beginning of a relationship that will be long-lasting,’ he
Rita smiled and briefly told him about herself. ‘I’m a
nurse and I believe in serving humanity,’ she concluded.
‘You’re even more beautiful than your picture on
Facebook,’ he commented.
‘Thank you.’
‘So, you’re a nurse. That’s interesting.’
They talked about other interests. He loved to read and
write, while she loved to listen to music.
‘Now, let’s eat something,’ he said. She conceded and he
went to buy eat-in fried rice and chicken. She ate her
food slowly and regally. There
was something special about her.
‘I can’t picture it yet, but I think there’s something
special about you,’ he said.
She raised her beautiful brow without saying anything.
They chatted more after the food, then she expressed
her desire to leave.
‘Can I know where you live? Can I visit you?’
She smiled and nodded. ‘Why not?’
‘So, tell me the place,’ he said eagerly.
She gave him the address of where she stayed at
Anifowoshe area of Ikeja. ‘For now, I stay with my
auntie,’ she added.
‘I will come. I will definitely give you a visit.’
‘Call me when you want to come,’ she said. ‘You know, I
work on shifts.’
He nodded. ‘That will be no problem.’ He gave her the
address of where he lived at Ogba.
Three days later, Tope gave Rita a call.
‘Can I come and see you towards this evening?’ he asked
He was there. The two kids of her auntie were cute. They
kept hovering round Rita. Tope and Rita chatted, but not
intimately. She promised to
reciprocate the visit on Saturday. Tope welcomed her
gesture. That Saturday, he was so excited about her
coming. It was as if he had never
been in love before.
Rita entered his mini-flat apartment few minutes to
eleven. He had been waiting for her and had got many
things ready. Many things including
the apple juice packs. He served her in a tray, filled two
glasses and handed her one.
‘Cheers. This is to a great and wonderful relationship,’ he
smiled widely as he took the drinks.
As he sipped his drinks, he continually looked into her
eyes. ‘I have a confession to make,’ he told her.
‘What confession?’
He paused to make his attempt emphatic. ‘I’m in love
with you,’ he blurted out.
She smiled. ‘It’s good to hear that but there are certain
things you should know.’
He became very curious. ‘Things such as what?’
‘The first is our relationship can never lead to marriage.’
He looked surprised. ‘Why? Are you betrothed to
She smiled and shook her head. ‘No.’
‘So, why can’t it lead to marriage?’ he demanded.
‘Don’t worry, you’ll soon understand.’
For now, he could not understand. Was it that she
considered that he would not be able to take good care of
her, or what?
‘The purpose of this relationship is not about falling in
love or getting married,’ she said. ‘It’s about being of
help to you.’
He looked at her curiously. ‘What d’you mean? What
She allowed a meaningful silence. ‘I can help you to
become great in life. There’s a synergy between us, and I
can be of help to you.’
He looked at her curiously. ‘What d’you mean? What
She allowed a meaningful silence. ‘I can help you to
become great in life. There’s a synergy between us, and I
can be of help to you.’
His curiosity was total. ‘How can you be of help? What
She smiled. ‘I can help you to become great in life. I can
help you to achieve, fame, wealth and power.’
He stared at her. ‘How?’
‘By making power, wealth and fame come to you.’
He was still staring at her. ‘How?’ he asked again.
She kept quiet and stared at the television. He sat by her
and held her hand. ‘All that you’re saying is esoteric.
Can you please explain yourself?’
‘I have the power to give you power and wealth,’ she said.
‘But that will be if you can pass three tests.’
He suddenly laughed. ‘I think you should stop the joke,
Rita. You’re beautiful and I like your attitude. I want to
marry you. Period.’
‘So, you don’t believe all I said,’ she said quietly.
‘What I believe is I’ll love to marry you,’ he replied.
‘You don’t believe I have any power?’ she asked.
‘I’m sorry, if you do, then you will have to prove it.’
She chuckled. ‘You want a proof?’
‘Yes, I want a proof.’
She closed her eyes for some moments as if in meditation.
‘Right now, the total money you have in this house is two
thousand, seven hundred
and fifty naira.’
He was a bit surprised that she had guessed right. ‘Yes,
that’s about the cash at hand I have, now.’
‘Do you want more money right away?’
‘You mean you’ll give me some money? Well ..’ he
‘I’ll give you, but I won’t hand it you.’
He raised his brow. ‘So, how are you going to give me?’
She closed her eyes again. His mind was busy. Surely, this
lady was acting strangely.
She opened her eyes. ‘You have the money now.’
He laughed and opened his palms. ‘Where’s the money?’
‘There’s fifty thousand naira for you,’ she said. ‘Go and
check the pocket of the black coat you hanged in your
He laughed shortly again. ‘Oh, come on, Rita. Let’s forget
this joke and talk about something else.’
She looked solemnly at him. ‘It’s no joke. Go and confirm
the money.’
The way she looked seriously prevented him from laughing
‘Are you serious, Rita?’
‘Why don’t you confirm it?’
He grinned. ‘Alright. I will do as you command.’ He stood
up and went to the bed-room.


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