Must Read: Chris & Roberts… Episode 18

Chapter eighteen
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“There’s never been a party like this” Ella
told Ken as she looked around in wonder.
Robert had spared no expense for his
engagement party. He had hired the biggest
event hall, a live band from Owerri.
The halls was decorated with red, pink and
white flowers, roses and tulips, which came
all the way from port Harcourt. The food
was in excess, the drinks came in a big
truck.
And the whole city and neighboring cities
had come to celebrate with him.
And celebrate they did. The party started in
the afternoon with a feast of love, presented
by Robert McKenzie himself, talking about
his love experiences, plus advice to both the
single and married people on how to stick to
the love that started the relationship.
After that was a game for all ages, designed
to counteract the effect of the mid day
meal, so that the guest could enjoy dinner.
After the dinner was concluded and the
children drifting to sleep—the dancing
begun.
“I’ve never seen Robert looking this happy”
Dr. Ken frowned “he doesn’t know what he’s
getting into”
Ella smiled then said “not everyone shares
your opinion that marriage is a curse” if her
voice sounded rude, then Ken deserved it,
why wouldn’t he hide his cynicism and let
Amanda and Robert enjoy their day.
Dr. Ken peered over his glasses, staring at
her, as if she were a specimen under his
microscope. When he had completed his
study he said “why don’t I see you rushing
into a matrimony soon?”
As the music band began their music, Ella’s
feet started to tap the ground rhythmically
“There’s a difference between us” she told
Ken “I’m not opposed to marriage, I simply
haven’t found the right man”
He gave her another appraising look “and
what kind of man would that be?”
Ella smiled and greeted a man and a woman
as they danced by, then turning her
attention back to Ken “the man I’ll marry
will be kind, patient, a good provider and he
will love children” Ella counted the items
with her fingers
“Patience, huh? That leaves me out of the
running”
What nerve! As if she had ever considered
him in the light
“You were never in the running, Ken, so you
can’t be out of it now” as Ken raised his
eyebrows, Ella continued “maybe I should
have added a fifth criterion; I want a man
who doesn’t rely on whisky to solve his
problems”
Dr. Ken tightened his lips to conceal his
anger to what sounded like an insult to him
“and if I were going to remarry, I will most
certainly not settle with a cold blooded
woman”
It seemed Dr. Ken was taking it more
serious than she had expected
“What makes you think my blood isn’t warm”
Ella asked.
Ken laughed “you don’t do things that
normal people do”
That hurts.
How it hurts to have him say that she is not
like other women — to her face!
“What kind of things, don’t I do?”
“You don’t dance, look around Ella, everyone
else in town is out there, dancing to this
wonderful music, and you are as standing
here like a wall flower”
Ella watched Amanda as she danced with
Robert, joy and love coupled with
enthusiasm clouded her as her satin gown
was swirling to her dance steps, another
look around, she noticed ken was right.
Every other woman in Isshangbo was out on
the dance floor, dancing –except for her.
“there’s a reason why I don’t dance” she
told ken.
“Yeah, I know. You don’t approve it, your
over righteous lifestyle has convinced you
that anything that is as much fun as
dancing must be a sin, right?”
“Wrong!” She wasn’t sure why she bothered
explaining to him, but somehow she had to
clear the air “u don’t disapprove dancing”
she said “I just don’t know how to dance”
“Do you want to learn?” Ken said glaring
straight into her innocent magic
Ella shook her head “not interested”
meanwhile her leg was still tapping the
ground in rhythm to the music. Ken stared
at the leg for a moment
“Let’s make a bargain, we’ll go outside this
hall, where no one can see us, and I’ll teach
you, easy dance steps, but only if you’ll
agree to come back here and dance with
me”
Ella felt a stab of panic “in front of
everyone?” How was she going to learn well
enough that she will not embarrass herself.
“In front of everyone” ken repeated
“Even you know it’s not possible to learn
dance in….”
“The dance step is called ‘salsa’ its as
simple as 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4 you just keep
counting the steps that’s all, forget the
other effects, they are really not necessary”
Ella tipped her head, considering “all right”
she agreed ” but I have a bargain of my
own, I will dance with you only if you agree
not to take another drop of alcohol tonight ”
That was a hard one
“Starting now?” Ken asked
She nodded as she took the bottle from his
hand “take it or leave it”
“I’ll take it” ….
He was right, dancing was fun, just like ken
said, she needed not to display too much to
enjoy a good dance. Just count in your
mind, and add a little creativity to your body
movement, that’s all. There was awkward
moments when she missed steps and
wanted to embarrass herself, but the
moments in between was glorious. And
when ken pulled her close to him as the
music slowed, she was filled with a sense of
belonging that her cheeks blushed, and she
could feel her pulse grow erratically.
It had to be magic. Nothing else could
explain the way she felt.
“It must be magic” Amanda said as she
twirled around Robert’s arm.
Amanda gazed around, it was just a hall
designed with lights and flowers. Everything
was normal.
But from the moment she had set foot
inside the hall, she felt like a Disney
princess in a fairy tale and this was her
happy ending. She was dancing with her
prince charming on a night that would never
end.
“Magic? What do you mean?” Robert asked
“This has been a perfect day, no one had
gotten sick, not even a fever”
Robert chuckled ” I don’t think any one will
dare. They all know is your day ”
“Our day” she corrected “but whether it was
your threats or magic. Its wonderful. I never
realized I could be so happy
Robert smiled broadly ” I’m the luckiest man
alive”
Just then Amanda spotted a couple who had
just entered the hall and started dancing.
“Look, Robert” she said in amazement
“Ella’s dancing… With Dr. Ken!”
Ella’s face flushed with excitement, even
from the other side of the hall, there was no
mistaking her smile. It was one of pure
happiness.
There had to be a touch of magic in the air
to make Ella look so happy.
“I thought Ella said, she was scared of
dancing and she doesn’t even know how to
start” Amanda said “I even offered to teach
her, but she never showed interest”
Robert watched the couple with their slow
dance steps. “Looks like she’s interested
now” Robert said “and look at how Dr. Ken
is staring at her as if he just discovered she
was a woman”
Turning around again she saw him –Chris–
his face dried, his eyes rounded with dark
circles, he stood at the entrance of the hall.
Since the day she had refused his proposal,
Amanda had seen him only from a distance
and no one had discussed him in her
hearing.
Poor. Chris, tonight he looked like a man
suffering from a terminal illness
“Robert!”
He pulled her closer and whispered “now
don’t get all weepy, you picked the right
man”
Her eyes shining with unshed tears, she
managed a smile “I most certainly did!”
To be continued..

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