Ogechi and I EPISODE: 19 & 20
I opened my eyes. It was afternoon the next day and I was on
my bed, still with my clothes on. I tried to remember how I
ended up in my bed with clothes on after such a hot bath
with Cynthia but couldn’t. Was I that drunk? Then I tried to
remember the events that took place the previous night and
could only remember to the point where I lost contact with
the real world. Apparently, I had been sleeping and dreaming
all along. Arrrrrrrgggggggg!!!!
Just then Cynthia came in to check on me. As soon as she
saw me she started laughing. I didn’t understand what was
funny to her. I was just analyzing her and reminiscing on the
dream I just had. I then imagined it was real and laughed.
Seeing that I was laughing, Cynthia laughed out all the more.
I then gave a mischievous smile and said ‘you’re lucky that
the entire shower thing was just a dream. If not, you
wouldn’t be laughing right now’. ‘What shower thing?’
Cynthia asked. ‘Never mind’ I said. Wait a minute, were you
dreaming all along? Don’t tell me you’ve been dreaming’
Come on; tell me, what was it about?’ Cynthia enquired. I’ve
never seen someone smiling and licking his lips as though
kissing someone while sleeping’. I was shocked to hear that.
“Was I doing that?” I asked. Of course you were. I came in to
check on you and found you doing that so I left. I came again
some moments later and found you doing the same thing. I
was flabbergasted”. I thought you were going nuts so I
wanted to call for an ambulance when I heard you………
I didn’t wait for her to finish her statement. I interrupted her
and told her it must have been the effect of the alcohol I had
the previous night. I tried to wave that away as though it
meant nothing to me but I was ashamed. Cynthia continued
with the statement she was making before I cut her in. “I
wanted to call for an ambulance when I heard calling my
name. I thought you had seen me come into your room and
wanted to say something to me but I was wrong. You laid
there on that bed calling my name passionately and I got
curious as to what could make you call my name in that
manner while sleeping”.
“After a while you stopped but didn’t wake up. I left for a
little bit only to come back and see you awake and saying I
wouldn’t be laughing if it all wasn’t a dream. What
happened?” Were you dreaming about me?”
I didn’t know what to tell her anymore. I had never felt so
humiliated my whole life. I was ashamed and shy. In fact, if
there was a plane heading for Nigeria at that moment, I would
have joined it without a second thought. But this Cynthia
sure knew how to cheer me up. She had correctly guessed the
kind of dream I had and how humiliated I felt about it. She
drew near to me smiling, pated me on the back and said;
“I’m sorry to have made you have so much drink. I never
knew it would have such strong effect on you”. “My bad” she
said. She blamed herself for everything and made it look like
such dreams only came to people under the influence of
alcohol. There could be some truth in that anyway. Don’t you
I freshened up afterwards, had lunch and went for a work. I
couldn’t stop thinking about the all that happened in the last
six hours. I stopped by a park to take some air. There it
seemed like everyone were in pairs. Only a few people were
solo, and I was one of them. The sight I beheld pleased me
and at the same time made me feel lonely. Right then I
remembered Ogechi big time. I missed her a lot. I
remembered back at Enugu, I never felt lonely. No moment
was boring. There was always fulfillment back then. But in
America, things were different. Imagine what happened last
night. I had so much to drink, and that made me have a weird
dream. I couldn’t imagine that happening if I was with
Ogechi. I remembered the days when we had little money and
no fame, watching movie with my laptop was more
pleasurable than going to the movies. Squeezing ourselves to
fit into a sixteen inches foam for a night was more
comfortable than sleeping in a family size bed in five star
hotels for eternity. Trekking from campus to our residence
was more enjoyable than riding in a Lincoln Navigator to the
white house. Eating together in a local restaurant was more
refreshing than consuming the delicacies of royalty. We all
strive to attain higher heights in life but sometimes it could
be very lonely and miserable up there. I missed Ogechi but I
didn’t know if she missed me too. If she did, why hadn’t she
I went back home pretty late and mate Cynthia sitting just
outside the house. She didn’t look happy. We got talking and
she told me she wasn’t happy about me leaving the house to
an unknown destination without her knowledge. Cynthia had
grown so fund of me that she wanted the both of us to be like
five and six. She was worried sick about me just because I
got out of the house without letting her know my where
about. It was obvious that Cynthia saw me to be more than a
friend to her cousin. She saw me as her man.
I wouldn’t blame her for that anyway. I can remember she
told Lin I was her fiancé and I didn’t deny it. At the movie
premiere I told some people she was my woman. All that
coupled with our time out together was enough to suggest to
her that I was reciprocating the feeling. Right now it was
time to face reality. Cynthia loves me and I know that. I have
feelings for Cynthia but I wasn’t sure it was love. It could be
lust because my heart belonged to Ogechi, but that was about
to change.
All the while I had closed my heart on Cynthia because I
didn’t want to fall in love with her because I was in love with
Ogechi. But after a while without any sort of communication
with Ogechi I contemplated on giving Cynthia a chance since
she was the one present with me and was showering me with
all the love in the world. I didn’t know what was going on
with Ogechi anymore. So I decided to let go off the feelings I
had for Ogechi and start something with Cynthia. But then, I
thought I should give Ogechi one more shot before proceeding
to do anything I might regret in the future. I called Ogechi’s
line twenty times daily for the next three days but couldn’t
speak with her because she was so busy. Busier than how I
last knew her to be. She had grown to become a superstar.
How I wish it was I and Ogechi living like I and Cynthia were.
Since I couldn’t speak with Ogechi I was ready to make
Cynthia my girl for real. I didn’t consider her age anymore.
After all, she looked as young as young as Ogechi, even
though she was older in age. I started planning on how and
when to ask Cynthia to be my girl. She had expected me to
ask her that long before now but I didn’t. I bet she wondered
why I hadn’t asked her for that long. Maybe that’s why she
told Lin I couldn’t express myself before women. She even
thought I was a virgin. I knew Cynthia was gonna go gaga the
day I asked her to be my girl, and I was gonna ask her. I
guess Ogechi had also found herself some nice guy over
there. Well, best of luck to the both of us.
I asked Cynthia out on a date one day. It was the day I
planned to ask her to be my girl. We went to a Chinese
restaurant and ordered for some Chinese meals. Getting
adapted to eating with the chopstick wasn’t easy for me.
Cynthia had no problems with that because she had been
doing that overtime. The Chinese restaurant was my idea, so
it was somewhat embarrassing not being able to properly use
the chopstick. Cynthia didn’t care. Even if I peed in my pants,
Cynthia wouldn’t feel ashamed of me. All those made me go
crazy for her the more.
It took a while before I could properly make use of the
chopstick and thus, the main purpose of the date was
delayed. Finally, I could properly make use of it and that part
was over. It was time for me to drop the bomb. I didn’t just
want to ask her to be my girl. I wanted to make that day a
very memorable one. More memorable than any good time I
ever had with Ogechi in order to completely get rid of any
feelings left for Ogechi. I may have summed up courage to
leave Ogechi for Cynthia, but that wasn’t likely to happen
without some emotional stress. So I decided to make every
part of my day with Cynthia a very romantic one before
proceeding to the main subject.
I had succeeded in making Cynthia smile and laugh and
enjoy her time out with me. I made her feel secure with me.
Even if I didn’t ask her to be my girl, nothing would have
stopped her from believing that I was in love with her. If I
said nothing that night, Cynthia would think that I am the
kind of guy that wouldn’t easily profess love, but would rather
act it. She believed beyond every iota of doubt that I was in
love with her because of the things I said to her and the way I
acted at that restaurant. But then, I still had to break the
silence. The time came for me to utter the word that would
change everything; my life, my purpose, and probably my
destiny. Do I really need to do this?
The big moment came and I was about to flood her heart with
melodies of love. I held her both hands from across the table
and looked at her the way I looked at Ogechi the day I
professed love to her. OH MY GAWD! Cynthia lost it. She
knew what I was about to say. She probably had been in that
position before. The look in her eyes depicted something like;
“DREAM COME TRUE”. She was smiling and couldn’t wait for
me to empty my heart of its content. I had almost opened my
mouth to speak the words when a movie director she had
introduced me to at the movie premiere walked in with his
fiancée and met us on our table holding hands.
“Look who we have here! The two love birds in a Chinese
restaurant. How romantic”
“Carl! Cynthia called out to the movie director as she slowly
withdrew her hand to give him a handshake.
“What a coincidence” Carl said. “I’m out on a date with my
fiancée.” He drew his mouth closer to Cynthia’s ear and
whispered; “I’m gonna propose to her”
Cynthia screamed with excitement. The director turned to me
and said; “I hope you’re here to do the same?”
I just smiled and waved that away.
“By the way, how’s the movie thing going?” the director
asked me.
“What movie thing?” I asked. I had forgotten that Cynthia
introduced me to him as an actor the night at the movie
premiere, so he expected me to have featured in some movies
already and probably working on one as we spoke. So I asked
that silly question and he got confused. Immediately, Cynthia
jumped in.
“He’s been reluctant about the whole thing because of the
love he has for Nigerian home videos. He has climbed up the
larder in the Nigerian movie industry and has gotten used to
it to an extent where his desire to feature in foreign movies
burns with low flames. I have been trying to talk some sense
into him for a while now but he’s been resistant. I know it’s
because he doesn’t know how it feels to feature in a
Hollywood movie. You can bring him in and let him have a
test of it can’t you? I’m sure by then his view of the whole
thing will change for good”
Truth be told, Cynthia was simply irresistible. The moment
she dropped the last word, Carl consented and gave me his
card and booked an appointment with me. He was going to
work with me on his next movie. Only Cynthia can do this.
After that he left with his one in a million fiancée to another
table to propose to her.
Cynthia quickly reminded me that besides Carl there were
other people she introduced me to at the movie premiere who
all thought of me to be a star, coupled with the Italian girl at
the premiere who called on me to join her present the award
to the director of the movie that was premiered. So we had to
do something real quick for me to have TV appearance and
Carl was the best starting point. I ended up not telling
Cynthia what I brought her out on a date to tell. Instead, we
started strategizing on how to make me a star in the nearest
possible time and prevent shame. Was there anything this
Cynthia wouldn’t do for me?
Carl and I became allies and I was given the role of the major
actor to play in his movie but got disqualified because I
hadn’t attained a white belt in martial arts and the major
actor had to do some karate stuff with the bad men. Because
of that I was given the role of the major actor in the next
movie Carl was to produce, and that was a long time away.
Nevertheless, I started appearing on set to talk about the
movie Carl was directing. I was part of the team and fame
started coming my way little by little. I started feeling funky,
but then I remembered how fame separated me from Ogechi
and I promised not to let it happen with Cynthia. Whether it
was real or not, I was determined to love Cynthia. Wherever I
traveled to in the course of Carl’s movie, Cynthia went with
me. Of course she loved such things so it wasn’t a problem
for her.
Six months passed and the movie was not even half way
done. It had been one year from the time I began my Masters’
Degree Program and I only had six months left to be through
with it. I wasn’t in a hurry anyway, because unlike before, I
had no special one to go home to except my mother, so I
wasn’t bothered since no one was gonna steal her from me
like I feared for Ogechi.
It was I and Cynthia now rocking the United States of
America. Through Cynthia I had gotten highly connected to
the people that would help me live my dreams. In addition to
the connection, I started making some cool dollars, but
nothing to be compared to what Cynthia and Ogechi had
made already. They were rich girls, but Cynthia was richer.
From all indications, I wasn’t going to settle for any other
girl than Cynthia and she knew it, so she made everything
she had mine. I had access to all she had, even her bank
account that contained the millions of dollars she had made
over the years. I wasn’t comfortable with it. I wanted to make
my own money, but it wasn’t easy. Like they say; you don’t
make money overnight, you make money overtime.
I was very careful not to take advantage of Cynthia in
anyway. I handled all she gave me with extreme caution to
prevent anything that would lead to any kind of
misunderstanding in the future. Cynthia didn’t care how I
handled whatever she made available for me. All she wanted
was my love. She would gladly pay all the bills as long as I
showed her love and care. But as a Nigerian man, I didn’t
want people at home to say that a woman was the one
catering for me, upon all the gifts and talents that I have. So I
worked really hard with that movie director and also with the
music producers I had gotten to know through Cynthia.
The music thing wasn’t coming forth as the movie thing was.
Everything was flowing well with Carl’s movie and I couldn’t
wait for him to be done with the present one and get started
with the one I was to star in.
I thought of traveling to Nigeria to visit my mum and some
other people. Of course I wouldn’t go to Nigeria for any other
reason than to visit because everything I needed was in the
United States, especially now that I had decided to make
Cynthia a part of my life. I wanted to make United States my
home because of her, so I only wanted to come back home
and spend some time with my family and friends before
heading back abroad.
One evening we sat just outside Cynthia’s house to catch
some air. There I broke the news of my plans to travel to
Nigeria. Cynthia wept like a baby at my breaking the news of
my journey to her. She didn’t want me to leave. She was
afraid I wasn’t going to come back. But she couldn’t find any
strong reason to keep me from going home to see my
mother. We spent a lot of time talking about my trip and the
time of my return to America. If not that Cynthia was afraid
of coming to Nigeria because of that magazine saga, she
would have come along. But since she couldn’t come, she
suggested we solidify our bond with a blood covenant before
I left. She was really afraid of losing me, even though I hadn’t
opened my mouth to ask her to be my girl yet. Nawa o.
I wouldn’t enter into a blood covenant with anyone, not even
Ogechi. So I dismissed the idea immediately she suggested
it. She thought and thought of what to do to glue us together
inseparably. “We have to solidify our bond before you leave”
she kept saying. “And how are we supposed to do that?” I
asked. “Follow me” she replied, taking me by the hand and
leading me inside the house. I just followed her like a sheep
being led to the slaughter, wondering how she intended to
solidify our bond. Whatever it was, I was ready for it, so long
as it is not a blood covenant.
Cynthia lead me to her room gently, pushed me to bed and
made some kind of eye catching and mind troubling display
before me. I knew what she was up to. That was her idea of
solidifying our bond. Honestly, I wasn’t going to object this
time, not for the sake of solidifying our bond but for the sake
of the blood that was running through my veins. I had
resisted this beautiful Cynthia long enough because of my
fears and conscience but at this point, her charms made me
overcome those fears. The pressure I suddenly found myself
in made me ready for any consequence.
Cynthia excused herself and went into the bathroom to get
cleaned up while I lay on her bed watching TV and
anticipating the return of the mummy. Three minutes passed
and Cynthia was still in the bathroom. My phone beeped. I
checked to see what notification had come in. guess what? It
was a reminder about the live TV broadcast featuring Ogechi
and it was set to begin in ten minutes. I had set a reminder
for the date and time for Ogechi’s next live TV appearance
the last time I watched a replay of a TV broadcast featuring
TV stars, of which she was one. Today was that day and the
time had come. But I and Cynthia had unfinished business.
What do I do now? If I miss this program, I may have missed
the best opportunity to talk to Ogechi because the phone line
was going to be open to callers and fans and I had planned to
call in when the day came. I even saved the number. And
what about Cynthia? She and I had come a long way and I
had made obvious to her that she had a place in my heart.
How do I bypass this moment and watch Ogechi’s live
broadcast? Or do I just let that go since I had settled in my
mind to court Cynthia?…

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