Ogechi and I EPISODE: 30
The girl refused to say anything. The cops threatened
thunder and brimstone, yet, she said nothing. She kept
looking at everyone angrily and spitting out angry words and
threats. She was arrested and taken to the station for further
questioning and investigation. This Mariana of a girl was
tall, skinny and beautiful. I didn’t understand why she
stooped so low to do such a thing because of man. Or was it
because she he was a star?
I quickly demanded that the video be deleted, but the cops
insisted for it to be kept in case the whole thing became a
matter for the court to handle. It would serve as evidence. I
agreed but insisted on keeping the video myself to prevent it
from spreading, and so was it. The cops left with the girl to
the station and got I and Ck’s contacts in case they needed
our attention, and also to keep us posted on the situation of
things. It was just I and Ck left afterwards. We took
convenient sitting positions opposite each other, looking
firmly into each other’s eyes.
“You know Mariana is going to say something sooner or
later, don’t you?” I asked Ck.
“So?” Isn’t that what we all want?”
“Stop fooling around Ck. We all know you recorded that
video. Maybe she stole it from your computer or something,
but you recorded it, and the cops will come for you as soon
as she talks.”
“I thought we’ve been through this before?” Ck flared up. I
didn’t do anything. I didn’t take any video! Can’t you
“Hey stop screaming at me?” I retorted. If you didn’t do it,
then how the hell did she get a video of me on the day you
called me huh?” its better you tell me everything, and I might
just decide not to press charges against your sorry ass.”
“I’ve had enough of this madness! Since you don’t want to
believe me, then suit yourself!”
Ck walked out on me and I followed behind him nagging. I
just wanted him to tell me the truth. Was that too much to
ask? I wasn’t even going to sue him for it if he told me the
truth and why he did it, but he wouldn’t. He kept telling me
he’s innocent. Because of his actions towards me, I despised
him and prayed that Mariana tells the cops the truth so they
could arrest Ck for committing such a blonder.
I paid Mariana a visit to try and persuade her to talk to the
police. As far as I was concerned, Ck recorded the video. She
was just a victim of circumstance. I didn’t need any further
prove. All I wanted was for Mariana to let the cops in on the
truth so that Ck would face the consequences of his actions.
Instead, Mariana kept cursing me and telling me how my
presence in the US ruined her life. According to her, she had
worked so hard to gain Ck’s love over the years, even before I
came to America for the first time. But my coming to
America distracted Ck’s attention from her. And the only way
she thought she could get back Ck’s attention was
eliminating me, but she wouldn’t shed the blood of another,
so she resorted to blackmail.
I kept persuading her to say more. I wish she could just skip
to the part that linked Ck to the video. I had my phone
recorder on, recording our conversation in case she told me
anything she wouldn’t tell the police. “You ruined my life”,
she continued. I curse the day you came to America. I hate
myself so much for having not put that video online. At least
by doing that, neither you nor I would have Ck, because I
don’t think he would want anything to do with a girl whose
Unclad video trended on the internet. Now here I am. No Ck,
no video, and I gonna go to jail. She started crying as she
was lamenting and I took great pity on her. I understood her
position. I too am a woman. I knew exactly how she felt. It
was then that I got emotional and started telling her I wasn’t
in love with Ck. I told her everything about my Prince and
made her understand I was only freely hanging out with Ck
because my Prince was nowhere to be found.
I succeeded in getting her to believe the truth about
everything, and I could see relieve in her eyes. All the while
she thought I was the devil, but now she knew better. She
apologized for her actions, explaining to me that she was
acting out of frustration. I accepted her apology and
consoled her with encouraging words. But then I told her Ck
doesn’t deserve a lady like her. “If he had the nerve to record
such video of me, who knows what he might do to you if you
guys get together?” I asked. She paused and was speechless
for a while, and I asked; why are you like that?
“Ck didn’t record the video” said Mariana.
“What?” I exclaimed with a confusing look. “What do you
mean Ck didn’t record the video? C’mon, he called me. I saw
his face stuck to the screen. Why would you say that? Are
you that crazy for him? Even with the situation you are in
because of him?”
“I’m crazy for him, YES. But that’s not the point. I know what
I’m saying. He didn’t record the video.
“You expect me to believe that? If he didn’t, who did?”
I was with Ck the day he called you. He and his friends were
out swimming in his pool when I came visiting him in the
company of my friends as well. We all jumped into the pool
and started playing volleyball. It was almost like each of his
friends had each of mine to hook up with. I had Ck to hook up
with as well. Of course I wouldn’t do so with any other but
him. The fun was blazing hot when Ck hopped out of the pool
and went inside. I thought he went in to get a drink or
something, but when he stayed longer than usual, I decided
to check on him only to find him all dressed and ready to
leave for a destination unknown to me. He didn’t notice my
presence behind him in his sitting room when he rang you to
probably have a word or two. After several ignored rings, he
left his PC and entered inside to get his car keys. I stood
there frustrated and angry that the guy I was yearning for, left
me to call another girl. That was when I thought of calling
you to warn you to stay away from him. But when you picked
up the call, I saw you bathing without even saying a word.
My heart was filled with rage and jealousy at that point
because I thought he called to watch you display your
beautiful body to him. I thought he called to flirt with you,
and seeing you Unclad made me think you were all ready and
waiting for his call. It really seemed like you two had been
doing that all along, judging from the way you picked the call
and left it running without even checking to see who the
caller was. It appeared as though you knew it was no one
else but Ck.
That was when I decided to record the call and use it against
Ck. I programmed the call to show his picture instead of
video to prevent you from seeing who was really on this other
end. I then transferred the video from Ck’s computer to my
phone. Like I said, my original intention was to use the video
against Ck if he continued to treat me like he wasn’t noticing
the feelings I made apparent to him. It was when you landed
at the US again that I thought otherwise. My friends advise
me to put the video online. They said that would make Ck see
you as a slut and get rid of you. But I thought it wise to warn
you first before doing that. That was why I called you. It was
back at Ck’s house the day I got arrested that I knew you and
Ck weren’t doing what I thought you were doing. Now I hate
myself for everything.
I was stunned to hear that from Mariana. So Ck wasn’t guilty
after all. It was Mariana all the while. As much as I wanted
the perpetrator of that act to be brought to justice, I couldn’t
bear to see Mariana suffer because of something she did out
of jealousy for the one she loved. I told Mariana I was going
to withdraw my charges against her. She didn’t believe me
when I said that. “The cops won’t let it slide just like that.”
she said. “Don’t worry, I’m going to tell them it was just a
misunderstanding and that there was no video.” “That won’t
work, not when they have the video” she replied.
I gave a cool smile and Mariana asked what was funny.
“They don’t have the video, I do.”
Mariana was glad about the whole thing. But she asked why I
was doing all that for her after all she did and intended to do
to me. I replied telling her that a woman would go to any
length to keep the man she loves. Mariana broke down in
tears and thanked me profusely for understanding the reason
behind her actions. I consoled her again, and we began
scheming on what to tell the police and make them withdraw
the case. “Where’s the video” Mariana asked. “In my phone”
I answered. “Why do you ask?” I asked. “Delete it” Mariana
said sharply. “Good idea” I replied and brought out my phone
and deleted the video. Finally, there was no such video again
in the planet.
I called to the cops and demanded the release of Mariana.
They questioned me and I told them she hadn’t done anything
wrong to me and doesn’t deserve to be in custody without any
prove of the crime she committed. “What about the video?”
the cops asked. “What video?” I replied. It was clear to the
cops that I had withdrawn my charges against Mariana and
gotten rid of the evidence that proved her guilty. What they
didn’t understand was why. So they concluded we had
discovered ourselves to be lesbians during the course of our
conversation and couldn’t afford to be apart from each other.
DAMN LESBIANS! They called us.
We went straight to Ck’s place from the police station.
Luckily for us, he was around. His eyes were filled with
amazement on seeing I and Mariana together. He was short
of words, while I and Mariana where just discussing and
laughing like childhood friends. he waited for an explanation
without asking for it, but we continued our little chit chat
right in front of him like he wasn’t there. Then suddenly he
broke his silence;
“I’m kind of lost here. Can someone be kind enough to tell
me what’s going on?”
“I was almost beginning to think you weren’t gonna ask” I
“Alright, I have, now start talking.
Everything was explained to Ck’s understanding, and I seized
that opportunity to finally declare to Ck that I wasn’t in love
with him and couldn’t be no matter how hard I tried. I
brought the issue of my prince to the table again, and this
time, Ck saw how inseparable I and my prince really were.
Right there he apologized to Mariana and professed love to
her. What? Was I really the one standing between them? I
thanked God for the turnout of things. At least everyone was
happy at the end. Everyone but me. My price was still miles
and miles away from me. I prayed that I find him soon. I’m
still hoping to receive the answer to that prayer.
After Ck professed love to Mariana, he held her by the hand
and led her away to some other part of the building. I stood
there watching them as they walked romantically away.
Mariana turned at intervals to smile at me. She then
whispered the words “I OWE YOU” to me. I gave her a buzz,
and before I knew it, there were lost from my eyes. Where in
the world was he taking her to? Well, good luck to them.
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