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Later in the afternoon the next Sunday, Yejide got another call from the same number(Kelechi’s) in which she ignored. According to her, she wasn’t ready to have a long conversation of her explaining why she couldn’t come to church. She also didn’t want to seem rude so she thought that it was the best thing to do. When the call ended, Kelechi who had been calling Yejide dialed her number again but he received no response so he quit calling and went on to do other things. He only hoped Yejide was okay. Kelechi was to go see mama ejima the next day so because he knew she lived in the same area as Yejide, he decided to use the opportunity to ask about her when he got there.
The next evening, Kelechi went over to see mama ejima and as planned used the medium to ask about Yejide a few minutes into their conversation. Mama ejima said she hadn’t seen Yejide in two days but she was sure she was fine. They discussed a few other things concerning their church before it was time for Kelechi to leave. Mama ejima had gone back in after following him to his car when another car pulled up in front of where his was parked. Kelechi was still standing outside but beside his car when he saw Yejide step out of the car in a very short revealing dress. Kelechi quickly got into his car hoping that he hadn’t been seen by Yejide. He watched as Eric, the guy Yejide had been going out on dates with went around to hug her. But before their hugging session ended, Eric tapped Yejide on the butt and Kelechi who was watching this raised an eyebrow in surprise especially when she smiled back at Eric. Kelechi couldn’t help but feel hurt within him. It was after Eric had driven off that Kelechi decided to step out. He was going to leave before but he thought to say something to Yejide before leaving. He got out and called out to her before she could go in through the gates. Yejide heard her name and turned around to find Kelechi standing beside her. She jolted back in shock because she wasn’t expecting to see him.
“Are you following me?” she asked with her face revealing anger and embarrassment.
“No I’m not Ye…sister Yejide. I came to see mama ejima.”
“Oh okay. Once you enter, you will see her house by the right. The second to the last place is where she stays. Just knock, if she no dey, Abigail go answer.”
“I have actually seen her. I just wanted to greet you. I asked about you because I couldn’t reach you yesterday.”
“Sir I’m fine. Something was wrong with my phone yesterday.”
“Okay, I understand. Was that your…..” Kelechi who was referring to Eric said without completing his statement expecting her to complete it.
“My what?” Yejide replied even though she understood what he was trying to say.
“Never mind.” Kelechi said.
Kelechi who didn’t know what else to say to Yejide bade her goodnight and watched as she walked in through the gates. He prayed in silence and asked God to give him the wisdom to speak to her. He had felt in his heart that Yejide needed to be introduced to God. Something unusual was pulling him to her. The first time he had seen her, he had immediately found an interest in her. He felt she needed help and wanted to do as much as he could to help her. Kelechi went back home that night with a heavy heart but as he got home, he went on his knees and prayed to God about it. He pleaded God to give him understanding and the grace to be used to reach out to Yejide.
After about two months since the last day Yejide and Kelechi came in contact, Kelechi picked up his phone and dialed Yejide’s number. He hadn’t contacted her because he believed that God knew why he told him not to contact her until the last day of that month. Yejide’s phone rang as she was just coming in from her outing. She looked at the caller ID and saw that the number wasn’t saved on her phone neither did she recall a number like that. She answered the call on the third ring and found out that it was Kelechi. She rolled her eyes immediately he introduced himself. Kelechi went on to ask about her well being and if she was okay. He also told Yeijde that he wasn’t calling as a church worker but only to greet her and know if she had been okay. Yejide got angry and told him that she was fine and didn’t need him to check up on her but he responded by telling her that he only wanted to be a friend even though Yejide interpreted it as more than a friend. She yelled at him to leave her alone because she was not interested in him and already had a boyfriend (Yejide had gotten into a relationship with Eric a month before even though she was still a prostitute). Kelechi who didn’t expect Yejide’s rage or statement tried to get her to understand that he was not looking for a relationship because he already had a fiancé was cut short when Yejide ended the call. He tried calling her back but as expected she ignored his calls. He sent her a text message and apologized for getting her angry. In his text message, he indicated that he was in a relationship as well as he had a fiancé but that he only wanted to be a friend and nothing more. Of course Yejide didn’t think guys really meant friends whenever they said so. She thought that just like the other men she had met, he meant more than just friends. She didn’t reply the messages after she read them.
A week later, Kelechi called Yejide again and this time Dupe was around her. When Yejide saw the call and frowned her face, Dupe who was seated beside her asked why she was frowning. She showed her who was calling and immediately Dupe collected the phone from her and answered the call.
“Oga Kelechi abi na Kilishi, my friend say e no want. She no like you. Make you leave am alone. Wetin sef. Leave Yejide alone na.” And with this, Dupe ended the call. Yejide smiled and thanked Dupe when he didn’t call back even though she felt a little guilty. Meanwhile Kelechi back at home was becoming frustrated. He knew that God had given him an assignment concerning Yejide but he was finding it hard to even have a conversation with her. He prayed and asked God for his help. The next day, something drastic happened to Yejide. She got hit by a speeding car when she was about to cross the road.
To be continued…..
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