Richard lay on the couch with his head on my lap. I
toyed with the little hair he had as we discussed
the movie we were watching. Just then, someone
arrived at the door and judging from the voices I
heard, I knew exactly who was there. I rushed
there to open the door.
“Hey Pric, what a surprise, I am so happy”, I said
hugging her. I gave Tony a brief hug too and felt
someone tugging at my cloth.
“Aunty Beyina, aunty Beyina”
I looked down. “Oh you little lolly, come here” I
said and lifted a giggling Patricia into my arms. I
kissed her cheeks and tickled her.
“She has been calling your names all week. How are
you guys?” Prisca said sitting down.
“Well, we were having a sitting room honeymoon
before you arrived” Richard said with a smiling
“Woah, I hate to feel we disturbed you guys. You
can continue while we watch” Tony said and we
I looked at them. “Well you all look good in your
shorts and small tops especially my little lolly here,
where are you going to?” I asked
“Well, we were off to the beach for a little fun so
we decided to stop over to see if you would love to
“We definitely are coming along, right honey?” I
said with a look in Richard’s direction.
“Uhhh… no” he said with a suspicious frown then
slowly smiled. “Of course we are going. It’s been a
long week and a wonderful time at the beach is
perfect”, he said and got up dragging me along
with him to the room to have a change of clothes.
Kelvin left his abode despite the inner battle he
was fighting. He told himself that it was best to
have nothing to do with Belina but he neglected
that voice in his head. He had received that phone
call about five days ago and hadn’t been able to
rest from a strange lady whose name he could not
remember. She had called on Monday evening,
mentioned her name which he forgot immediately,
and talked about things that were none of his
business. He already had his thumb on the red
button of his phone when he heard her mention the
name he had tried hard to erase from his memory.
His interests had been pricked and, try as he may,
he could not turn down the offer of meeting the
lady in person. Though, she did not mention the
real reason for calling, he surely wanted to find out
as long as it had to do with Belina.
The very day she had got married, about two years
ago, he had drunk himself to stupor knowing that
he had lost a good woman. He was finding it hard
with women because he always compared them with
her. His hatred for Richard Branson grew at an
alarming rate but there was nothing he could do
against a public figure. ‘I don’t even have any
rights over her’, he thought.
He arrived at Da Queens Hotel and asked for Room
45, following the instructions sent to him via text.
He was at the door barely two minutes later and he
gave the door a slight pat. The door flung open and
directly before him stood two exceedingly tempting
His eyes roamed their bodies hungrily. “Hello
ladies” he said breathlessly.
They smiled and invited him to the bed to sit. He
cautioned himself and put up a passive front.
“Can you make this weird meeting as fast as
possible? I have an appointment”, he said.
Oyinade moved in her micro-mini gown to the chair
opposite Kelvin, sat down and crossed her leg
intentionally. Kelvin’s breath became caught in his
throat and he diverted his eyes towards another
direction; a wrong choice of direction because the
other was virtually naked. He had had enough.
He jumped to his feet instantly. “What is the
meaning of all these? Did you call me here to be
Not the reaction I was expecting, Oyin thought as
she said calmly. “We are not seducing you, you are
probably imagining things. Please sit and let’s get
down to business”. She said.
“Then, make it snappy”, he said sitting down
Oyin removed a piece of paper and handed it over to
him. “Everything is written there. I don’t want to
say it because the walls have ears”.
Kelvin scanned the paper and looked up. “You girls
must be crazy. I won’t do this to her, and even if
I tried, she won’t make it possible. She despises
me and even if she didn’t, I won’t do this to her”
he said with a straight face.
For the first time that evening, Ronke spoke. “Oh
c’mon, we all know that you are in love with her.
Yes, you offended her but you apologized right?
Everyone needs a second chance. All we are asking is
that you try to get her back while she also tries to
get Richard back. As you have read, Richard was her
boyfriend some years ago and she loves him so much
and wants to get him back. I am sure Belina still
loves you because you are her first love, you just
have to try”, she said. Amazing what the mixture
of lies can do.
Kelvin was silent; probably thinking. Oyinade
decided to back her up. “I am sure she would
accept you back, with the right approach. I am also
willing to pay you five hundred thousand if you
Kelvin looked up. “The money is too small, do I look
broke to you?” he said slowly.
“We don’t have more money”, Oyin said impatiently.
“Let’s make another deal. I take the money and
bed both of you together four times for a month,
meaning once a week. Do we have a deal?” he said
hoping that this would make them change their
Oyinade looked at Ronke who was busy with her
phone. Getting a signal, she looked at Kelvin and
We strolled on the beach enjoying the fresh air. We
decided to leave the water play for the last
activity as we chatted, laughed and made jests of
one another, coconut drinks in hand. The coconut
water itself which is sold at the beach is so fun
drinking when you have straw inserted in it.
A horse man came in our direction pulling two
horses. He must have sighted us from afar and
decided to make some money out of two wonderful
“good evening ladies and gentlemen” he said
approaching us. “Would you like a ride?”
“as long as it is free” Tony said jovially and we all
laughed slightly, including the horseman.
Richard looked at me slightly. “Well we would
definitely like one” he said to the man, looking at
“What? You know I have never been on one. It
could throw me over or something. I could break my
neck, my legs or even my… my back” I said
He smiled. “Don’t worry sugar, you would not even
break a nail, I assure you” he responded. “Let us
have one” he said to the man and took one. Before
I even thought of protesting, I was already off the
ground and was on the horse’s back. I looked
stupefied as I stared at Richard on the sand.
“You can’t be serious” I said.
“Don’t be scared now babe, I am here with you” he
said and got behind me. His closeness did two
things to me – it made me feel protected but it
also made my heartbeat increase its tempo, not
from fear though. His closeness always made me
feel nervous. Tony and Prisca were already ahead of
us with Patricia in Prisca’s firm grip.
Richard, fully aware of the effects he had on me,
moved even closer making my breath ragged. I felt
his smile even without seeing him and I was
slightly upset but I knew everything he was doing
also had its effects on him too.
“Shall we go sweetheart?” he asked and I nodded
nervously and vowed to retaliate. I moved
backwards intentionally, relaxing fully in his chest
and he trembled slightly; my senses told me it was
not from the breeze.
“I need to focus honey, you are not making it
easy” he said. I smiled. I placed my hands on his
legs tenderly without warning and the horse
stopped moving abruptly. I was shocked initially
but later started laughing. He is not so powerful
after all. He breathed deeply and said matter-of-
factly, “that was not so funny”.
I laughed more. “It is good to retaliate”
He scoffed. “That is not the behaviour of a good
“What? I beg to differ my prince, I am sure this
section in the husband to wife relationship is
excluded” I said with a grin. “You can do
everything to make me edgy and you expect me to
fold my hands and accept it all?”
“I was planning on teaching you how to ride a
horse but you are not making it easy for me.” He
said moving his palm through my hair. The horse
resumed its catwalk again and I tried to focus on
everything he was saying about how to propel a
horse to movement. We caught up with Tony and
Prisca who seemed to be having a wonderful time.
The horse moved close to the water and it seemed
like I would be deposited in it. I told Richard and
he smiled, reduced my fear by moving away from
the water. He stopped and looked at me. I craned
my head backwards to look into his eyes.
“Did you enjoy yourself honey?”
“Yeah, a lot. But for the record, I would rather not
ride with you next time”
He laughed. “Don’t tell me I have that much
effect on you” he said coyly.
“Of course not” I said looking away.
“Uhn”. Richard enclosed my mouth with his and my
guard was thrown overboard. We kissed for a while
and when he released me, I was slightly dizzy. He
kissed my cheeks and my forehead, gazing into my
“I think I would rather ride with you next time” I
said and he grinned.
“What about a race?” we heard Tony say. We had
forgotten totally about them but they were also
too involved with each other to even notice us.
“That’s perfect” I heard Richard say but Prisca and
I started protesting until they put us down in
order to satisfy their own desires. I took Pat from
Prisca and said, “I think it is good this way, I
want to talk to you about something Pric”
“Girl, what do you think about Richard’s mother?”
I asked Pric as we watched strolled on the
beautiful sand of the beach.
“Sorry Lina but I don’t like her one bit. She has no
right whatsoever to come after Richard after so
many years. I am sorry to say this but she is just a
gold-digger.” She said in one breath.
I sighed. “I don’t know if I am being stupid but I
want to re-unite Richard with his mother”
“That is ridiculous. To me, that woman is more
harm than good. The earlier he forgot about her,
the better for everyone, including you.”
She might be right, I thought. The woman is a bad
influence and having heard so much about Mother-
in-laws, I was not sure I would like to have one.
But am I not being selfish?