Wishes & Horses (Part 4)

When I woke up, my Mother’s ghost was splashing water on my face and telling me that she was not a ghost. She asked me to pinch her face and I did. It was then I knew it was true. My brother came up from behind her and said, ‘Sister the thing wey you do Mama, no good at all” you dey enjoy for Lagos, you con, forget us for here, abi?
My Mother got up and said she was really unhappy because it was the news of her death that brought me home.

“This no be de way wey I take train you” E be like say you don forget who you be for dat Lagos? Wetin sweet you for there wey you forget your sick Mama? Thank God say I no die my body don dey okay!”

There was not much to be said. I got on the floor and held on to her feet and cried like a baby! I cried so much that my nose began to run. My clothes became dirty from lying on the bare floor. I sobbed and begged for her forgiveness.

Mama looked at me and said, “Na God save you say, your friend tell me wetin happen to you. Na correct man”. “I forgive you my daughter, but make you no try dis kain ting again! Money no be everytin. Even if you no get money you for talk to me ya Mama! I was wondering which friend she meant. Suddenly I saw the elderly man from the wedding, walk in with some yams, plantain, and the like. I was confused. When I looked towards the direction Mama had used her nose to point to, the man seated in the chair behind me was Mr. Fatai!

“Mr. Fatai, please why is your Boss in our house carrying food stuff?” Mama had got up to supervise where the food stuff would be put.

“My name is not Fatai, its Benson. Fatai is the old man’s name -he pointed to the elderly man’s direction. He is actually my driver / PA turned relative. He has been in the family since I was a boy. 

It was my father’s dying wish for me to be happily married. Our switching roles is a game we have played since my father’s death! I’ve been searching for a woman who is not materialistic and level headed. You see, my father had a lot of businesses and property. I did not want to get the wrong woman, so Mr. Fatai and I put the ladies to the test. They usually failed! From my own investigation and how you have behaved today, you are the one I think I’d like to get know you better and if all gets well – like to marry!

I think I fainted again. This time I became conscious after a few minutes. I smiled. My wishes may not have exactly played out the way I had thought but the ended well!

The End.

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