Short Story: She Ain’t You

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It has been a month since I last saw my boyfriend.

He doesn’t work in another city. He lives in Lagos too. He doesn’t stay on the Island while I stay on the Mainland. We both stay in Ogudu. Still, it has been a month since I have seen him.

Don’t be worried for me. This has happened before. One time, he went a whole year without coming around. I am getting used to it. I think? You see, the thing is my boyfriend is married.

Before you start to throw stones, I would like to mention here that I met Soji before he married his wife. In fact, he proposed to me first. Na condition make crayfish bend.

I met Soji during Orientation in University. I was your regular girl-next-door and Soji was the life of the party. We had just spent a week in the University and everyone knew Soji Bakare. Somehow we hit it off and soon became inseparable. Everyone knew I was Soji’s girlfriend and best friend. I was his confidant and he practically told me EVERYTHING. So when he needed to get in Governor Adekoya’s inner circle just before graduation, he shared his plan with me.

“Nneka. I have found a way to meet Governor Adekoya” He told me as we were taking our routine walk around campus.

“Really?” I was curious how he intended to make it happen.

“I hear his daughter Ranti has a crush on me”

“So?”

“I want to take her out on a few dates. Soon she will introduce me to her father and somehow I will be able to show him my proposal”

“Are you sure that is a good idea? I doubt it will work”

“Don’t worry. I got this!”

It has been 8 years since that conversation. Soji went on to date and marry Governor Adekoya’s daughter. It was a lavish wedding that was everywhere from Ovation to BellaNaija. Sometimes, I just wake up in the middle of the night and start to cry. My friends tell me to leave him but I can’t. Where am I going to? Soji is the love of my life.

I remember the last time we saw. It was just over a month. We were supposed to go to Madrid together and spend some time. He had been distant and he said he was trying to make up for lost time. On the day of the trip, Soji sends me a message saying he and Ranti had to head to Abuja for a meeting. I cried my eyes out. I sent him a reply and told him it was over. I was done. Or so I thought.

Soji showed up at my door the week after with a dozen roses and brand new car.

“Babe. You are not picking my calls”

“Soji. What are you doing here?”

“I am here for your heart”

“Abeg. Carry your cheesy lines, your flowers and go back to your wife”

“Nneka. I am trying to secure our future”

“Future? What future?” The tears start to pour “I have spent 8 years of my life waiting for you. What do I have to show for it”

“Nneka don’t cry” Soji holds me in a tight embrace “I know this is hard but you know there is no one that gets me like you. No one understands me. You are my personal person”

“Leave me jare!” I pulled away and went to the sofa. Soji followed me and knelt down in front of me

“I am for real, Nneka. I have a plan. You are the one for me. You are the one I want to spend my life with. I love you and soon I will make this right”

“What of your wife?”

“She ain’t you”

That was the phrase that made the difference. Ranti is not me. She can’t be. She can give him the loving he wants. He will use her and get rid of her. She is not that great in bed sef! He has even mentioned that he wished she cooked like me. No matter what happens Soji will always come back to his one true love. Ranti is not me. Even in her wildest dreams, she can NEVER be me!

So even though it has been a month since I have heard from Soji, I am confident in his promise to me. It is only a matter of time; we will be together forever.

 

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