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A Story written by Gaglo Blessing (blessinggaglo@yahoo.com)

” My mom wants to meet you” Richmond my boyfriend said.” She invited us to dinner”

” What? When? Why are you just telling me now!”

It was on a Saturday morning, this crazy guy could have told me this five days ago but he was just telling me now!

” Calm down babes. She is only inviting us to dinner tonight. ” he walked into the bathroom unclad.

My God! i didn’t have a single clean dress in my wardrobe! I used to send my laundry to the dry cleaners but my mom’ s health coupled with other expenses made me start doing them. By doing them i mean, pick what i want to wear the next morning and wash it the night before. By morning it would be dry, a quick touch of  iron and I was ready to face the day.

” Rich I am going home! What time is the dinner?”

” 6 pm and why are you going back home?” he called out from the bathroom. I ignored him and picked up my bag.

” I will be ready by five. Yea come pick me up by five pm.”

I practically ran out of his apartment. I was just opening the door to my own apartment, when i heard the clap of thunder and it started raining. How will my cloth get dry now? My sitting room was a big mess, clothes were strewn on the sofa, a box of pizza sat on the table. I thought i had thrown it out! my house smelled like rotten veggies! what the heck! I was only at Richie’ s place for two days, how could it smell this bad? i searched for the source of the foul smell and voila! It was a bowl of salad i made some days ago. When did i leave this one here? oh! I made it for Richie and i must have forgotten to take it along with me. I washed it out, opened my windows to let in air and i totally forgot to rinse out the bowl and dry it.

‘ Grrrrrrrrrrrrr’

I picked up my phone from the kitchen counter.

” Is that proposal ready now?”

Linda.

” Hello….. Hello…. the network is breaking….”

I disconnected the call. Linda was my boss and the CEO of the company i work for. This was supposed to be a two weeks leave for me but she has been disturbing me with one thing or the other. I don’t have her time now, i have a bigger crisis on my hands. I rushed into my bedroom, I threw open my wardrobe and my heart skipped a beat. It was bare. I searched through my bulky laundry bag and picked out a long silky dinner gown. I gave it a quick wash, squeezed it extra hard to drain out the water. I felt it with my hands, yea it should be dry in no time.

Richmond picked me up some minutes to five, he complimented my look and i beamed at him.  He was a tall guy with six packs, his nose was slightly crocked as a result of a fight in high school. He had no idea how i live or how much my energy battery was on conserving mode.I cook dinners at his place or take it along with me on my way to his place.

” Welcome son” A beautiful middle aged woman, definitely Richie’ s mom kissed him on the cheek.

” Is this your guest?”

No. His handbag.

” Yes Mom. Meet Tomi”

I was expecting him to say meet my girl friend Tomi. What was the essence of coming here if i don’t even get introduced as his girl.

” Do come in Richmond, dinner is getting cold.”

” Good evening ma.”

” Evening my dear” her eyes sized me and from her looks i was definitely wanting. My hand crept to my hair, i was always having a bad hair day because i don’t give it a good brush before going to bed. Or is it my make up? i don’t know how i always manage to smear mascara on my cheek bone. We followed her into the grand living room. I saw my reflection in a glass door leading to the stair case and i froze. I looked like a tangle of mess. My hair, if i could still call it hair looked like something a cat coughed up.

My silky gown had spots of dirts on it. My lipstick was a scarlet mustache around my lips. Why didn’t Richie tell me! the dinner was like a mini society party. There were kimkardshians look alike and Kate Middleton look alikes. They were all expensively decked out in pearls and furs.

” Hey Rich” A big boobed barbie walked up to us and planted her lips firmly on his lips.

” Woow! Woow! Alicia!” He laughed uneasily.

I walked away from them, it was all going wrong. It wasn’t what i envisioned. Now i know how Alice must have felt in wonderland. Nobody paid me heed and a glance backward showed Richie was no where to be found.

” Come, come to the dinning room” Richie’ s mom announced.

Everyone rose and i followed them. Someone took hold of my arm.

” Where were you?” I seethed.

” I should be asking you babes, I wanted to introduce you to my cousin Alicia but you were no where to be found.”

We went to the dining table, before Richie could pull out a chair for me, cousin Alicia had already pulled him onto the seat next to her. I took the seat beside her, Richie gave me a ” I am sorry look” .

They were all laughing loudly and talking at the same time……it was more like bragging. My son is in oxford, my daughter is in France learning the Art of s*x, my grandchild went to the moon. Alicia nudged me.

” Ehen”

She gave me a look.” Where did you school?”

” School? Lagos”

” Oh really? Richie and i went to Cambridge you know.” She faced him.” Those were the real days of fun!”

The others laughed like a pack of hyena.

” My dear you didn’t touch your Thai curry” this came from Richie’ s mom.

My gaze dropped to the bowl of yellowish soup with chunks of red pepper, carrot and chicken Bosom. She didn’t even ask me before dishing it on my bowl and exclaming it was Richie’ s favorite soup. The dishes on the table were a variety of Italian and Chinese dishes. I couldn’t say no so i forced a smile and put some into my mouth.

” Don’t you like it? i spent hours in the kitchen sweating to make all this” she pouted.

” I like it” i lied. Richie winked at me, he knew.

” Pablo Picasso. i think his works are masterpiece.” A girl with lips too big for her face said.

” What do you think of what she just said” Richie’ s mom directed her question at me.

What were they even saying? i gave her a blank look.

” Do you think Pablo Picasso’ s works are always masterpiece.?”

” Pa….pablo?. Yes”

A bald headed shouted “No, no, i disagree! i totally disagree with you young lady unless if you care to elucidate on that!”

They were all staring at me now. Richie looked uncomfortable. Alicia was smirking.

” I don’ t know who he is”

The noise died down, mouths hung open, eyes were widened in shock. I felt my cheeks burn in embarrassment. I stood up, i moved too fast, not knowing the chair sat on my dress, the sudden movement knocked the bowl of Thai curry onto Alicia’ s thigh. She shrieked. I turned around and fled from the room. I heard Richie calling after me but i ran and kept running. Out of the building, out of the compound, i wanted to run to the end of the world and take a plunge below.

To Be Continued…

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