There’s something about the past, it always have it’s way of catching up with you. That week was not so good; Tunde didn’t help matters either. He bombarded me with text messages when I stopped picking up his calls. On the other hand, Daniel called everyday, but I still sounded cold. I wanted to tell him everything, but I lacked the effrontery.
“When will you get out of this mood for God sake?” he asked, during one of our usual conversations over the phone.
“I’m fine,” I said.
“This weekend is our double date, you know?”
“I’m sorry, I forgot.”
Sincerely speaking, I did not remember; I already had enough on my plate.
“I’ll come pick you up early so we can sought out things before the dinner date in the evening.”
“Okay. I’ll be expecting you,” I said.
“See you on Friday. I love you.”
“Daniella, I said I love you.”
“I heard you Dee. I’ll see you on Friday.”
I was worried. I knew it’s wrong for me to withhold the truth from him. All I need is the courage to say it.
On Friday, he got to my house around 6pm.
“Nice dress, you look gorgeous.”
“Thanks,” I said with a faint smile.
We got talking in his car and I think his charms worked on him. I felt free with him again.
Some minutes later, we left my place and headed straight to the restaurant. A table for four had already been booked.
On entry into the restaurant, Paul waved at us. We joined him and his fiancée. We all settled down. Paul did the introduction. It was nice meeting Lizzy, a fair woman with an average height, very beautiful. Paul and Lizzy looked good together.
“Hmm... I always knew you have eyes for good things,” Daniel said, pointing to Paul.
“Look who’s talking,” Paul said teasingly.
A waiter came by and we all placed our orders. We introduced ourselves briefly. We shared some childhood memories and many other stuffs.
From our conversation, I got to know a little more about Lizzy – she’s a banker by profession. What I really liked about here was her simplicity, her down to earth nature and the way she comports herself.
"This man is really lucky," I said to myself.
The evening was great. Paul informed us they’ll be getting married in three month time.
Daniel and I congratulated them.
Daniel took me home after our date. He stopped in front of my house, alighted and helped me with the door.
“Good night my love,” he said.
“Good night Dee.”
He held my face in his palms and kissed me good night.
Two weeks later, Daniel came to my house during the week. We sat in his car which was parked in my compound. During our conversation, he changed the topic.
“Daniella, I have a feeling you are hiding something from me. Is there anything you think I should know about, both past and present?” he asked.
I jerked when he mentioned the past. Many things were going through my mind at the same time. I don’t know whether to tell him the truth about my past or not.
“Dee, I already told you about my ex and that’s the only guy I’ve been with before you. The only thing I can say for now is that I’m not a saint.”
“I’m not a saint either, but if there is anything I need to know, please don’t hesitate to tell me. I don’t like secrets.”
“OK,” that was all I said before my mood changed again. He left some minutes later.
I got back to my room, took my bath and was about to sleep when I received a text message. It was from Tunde. I clicked on the message and it read;
"You don’t want to come back to me because of that Americana right? Don’t worry, he will soon dump you once he finds out the truth about you."
"So Tunde has been stalking me all these while?” I asked myself. “Now he’s even planning of blackmailing me. I wonder why he refused to leave me alone.”
I called him back.
“So you can actually call me, huh! My baby is scared right?” he said.
“Who is your baby? I can see some nuts are loose in your brain, you this shameless loser,” I said.
He laughed, " Really!?"
“Get this straight into that thick skull of yours, I will never be yours.”
He threatened me and even gave me one week ultimatum. He said its either I come back to him or he’ll spill the beans.
I was shocked when he told me he knew Daniel’s office. I know for sure that he’s talking about the abortion. Now I have no other choice than to tell Daniel. It’s better he heard it from me than from that loser ex of mine.
Daniel also called me that night before I went to bed. He told me he knew I was hiding something from him but he said I should take all the time I need. He said he won’t push me to say anything I’m not ready to share. He wished me good night and ended the call.
“Now is the time; I have to tell him everything,” I said to myself when the line when off.
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