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    “No it’s a lie” Mariam screamed with a loud voice, while Timi humbly knelt by her side like a condemned servant.

    I really was very shocked and stunned with his confession, because even though he did the right thing by saying the truth, it looked that moment as if he just poured water over a raging petrol fire.

    I was very much at loss on what to do, and in a vegetable state i was as i watched the whole drama keenly. Mariam just looked like someone who just saw a ghost by the way her eyes blazed that moment.

    I don’t doubt some folks who always argue that sometimes “a sweet well told lie is hundred times better than a bitter truth”. The tensed up situation that morning was enough to seal my belief.

    “Baby it really doesn’t change who i am, please don’t let it come between our love” i heard Timi beg, but his effort only earned him a dirty slap which sound echoed in my room, leaving a huge lump in my throat.

    “So you took me for granted all these while? she barked like an angry wolf, while Timi gently rubbed his left chin where the hot slap landed. Surely that slap really was so hot and terrifying. Only the force by which it was delivered and the sound which erupted from it was enough to deafen his ear for months. Yet he still knelt humbly as if the slap was nothing but a friendly pat.

    “Oh what a man”

    “Leave this room right now?” my friend barked, pushing him backwards in a violent manner. I instantly jumped up in his defence,

    “Girl you are taking this too far, chill nau” i begged with a slightly raised tone, which made her stare at me with a surprised look.

    I wasn’t blind not to notice that my friend was using her annoyance to abuse her boyfriend, who probably thought he was doing the right thing by calmly recieving the whole tantrum thrown at him. I knew Mariam clearly wasn’t with her mind and was extremely blinded with fury, which left me with no other choice than to intervene.

    So you are now defending him abi??, how am i sure you two aren’t into this together” Mariam accused with an angry scowl,

    “Oh Christ” i exclaimed….

    “Timi please can you leave us alone” i calmly asked Timi who looked at me curiously,

    “Don’t worry you will hear from us this evening” i assured him with a faint smile. He shrugged, stood up and left without another word.

    I instantly faced Mariam furiously with hands on my waist after Timi had left.

    “What was that outburst all about??, what is even wrong with you, what has gotten over you eeh??” i asked angrily, but she just kept quiet and bit her lips,

    “Please you should learn how to control your anger, you are a girl, i won’t involve myself in your problems again, for all i care you can go pour kerosene on him and strike a match-stick mtcheew” i barked before lying down on my bed.

    I really was very bitter and angry over her annoying comment, which made me pour out my whole mind to her without reservation, even though i later regretted it especially when i noticed the apology in her eyes. She truly was in a sorry state but such misguided comments are what i really can never tolerate.

    “I’m sorry” i heard her apologize moments later. An apology which i knew took out much effort from her,

    “Sorry” is a word which really has the capability of stopping fights, quarrels, disputes and even wars, but it’s also a very simple word which is very hard to say, considering our pride, because it means you accept being at fault.

    “Common nah stop vexing, you know i wasn’t myself when i made that comment eeh” she pleaded and tickled me. I smiled sat up and faced her.

    “It’s okay lets forget about it” i muttered with a smile, which made her hug me gratefully. Truly Mariam really isn’t the quarrelsome type and that also made our friendship very strong as if we were sisters.

    “What do you think i should do about Timi?” i soon heard her ask,

    “It all depends on you and how you still feel about him” i replied,

    “I still do love him even though i hate to admit it, and i don’t know the reason i’m still feeling this way, you know how much i hate cultism and cultists” she poured out with a coloured face,

    “My dear love is a very strong feeling which can’t be easily erased, moreover i just noticed he is a nice guy, so maybe its your destiny to change and led him towards the right path, i can only advice you to be careful and hold back a little portion of your heart” i advised,

    “Don’t you” she tried to argue, but i instantly placed a finger on her lips,

    “ssshhh, i know you didn’t sleep last night, so lie down, sleep and think it over” i advised like a nursery school teacher. She shrugged and obeyed without another word.

    I smiled, la!d beside her, took a novel from my travelling bag, began reading it, and soon found myself in fantasy land. A land of bright hopes where good dreams come true.
    “I’m going back to him” My dear friend said to me, when she finally woke up around 4pm,

    “That’s cool dear” i replied happily,

    “But please you will follow me to his room” she begged, i shrugged and accepted.

    An hour later after freshening up, we walked to Timi’s room together and knocked calmly on his door.

    He opened his door seconds later, breathed deeply with hopeful eyes when he saw us, while Mariam winked at me before hugging him passionately. A very surprised Timi held her tightly and thanked me with his eyes.

    I instantly turned and left for my room with tears of joy, satisfaction and relief in my eyes……..

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