Pal for now and for the future hapilly everafter (part 2)

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My Pal for now and forever after (Part 2)
I was given a picture, and I was threatened. It was scary and amusing. It was amusingly scary. There and then, I knew I had to meet with my old friend, the only friend I had once upon a time.
A decision I came to regret for the next eight years of my life.
Immediately after my encounter with those two girls, I headed for Feyi’s faculty. More than me wanting to ask her what the girls meant, I was worried that she was on probation. I knew her grades weren’t good, but I didn’t know it had almost touch crude oil.
I saw the ever socializing Feyi with several other course mates outside her faculty. They had apparently just finished a very good test. I could tell by their gleeful looks and happy mumblings.

My Pal for now and forever after (Part 2)

“Feyi, hi.” I smiled when I got close to her. It had been many months since we last spoke. She was enclosed amidst five other girls.
“What do you want?” She frowned like she had seen a pariah.
“Errm, I want us to talk, please?”
“Ehn, talk,” she shrugged.
“In private.”
“I don’t think we have anything to discuss behind camera.”
I hated myself when her friends began to laugh mockingly. “Alright. Dara and Simi approached me several minutes ago saying you told them that I did something for you. I had no idea, so I decided I should come and ask you.”

My Pal for now and forever after (Part 2)

She laughed together with her friends. As much as I’d like to recall everything she and her friends said word for word, I really can’t. I guess I spent years trying to forget it that I actually really forgot it.
She accused me of stealing her destiny with my supposed witchery, of transferring her shining glory to my own glory to make me one of the best students in school at the expense of her own academics. She accused me of all her woes during and after our relationship right in front of hundreds of students. I became the ‘Witch of the School’ from that day.
I couldn’t take it anymore at some point because my face was known everywhere. People blamed every woe that happened in school on me and whenever they got the chance, they beat me up and threw things at me. It was pretty funny. It got to a point that lots of people stopped coming to the fellowship I attended.

My Pal for now and forever after (Part 2)

Maybe it was a good idea, maybe it wasn’t, I quitted school. I think I was about 21 years old when I quitted. My family had to move to another state too, because we were already branded.
It took me nine years to get over this shame and get back on my feet.
Few years ago, I met Feyi again. I think 12 years ago or so. I was driving through Berger when my son and I decided to stop by an eatery to get snacks. When we were coming out, I saw a woman approach me with a baby. She looked terribly old. She tied a wrapper round her waist. I saw where she was coming from. It looked like she hawked on the road.

My Pal for now and forever after (Part 2)

She called me by my first name. I was surprised because that was my first time in Lagos after almost two decades.
She called me again and exclaimed. “It is me, Feyi, your childhood friend.”
I cringed. I told my young son I’d meet him in the car. I looked at her again and could hardly believe she was the beautiful Feyi I once knew.
“Feyi Pelemo?”
“Yes!”
“What are you doing here?”
“This is where I work. I hawk to feed my children.”
“Oh..,” I don’t think any English word can describe how I felt that day, seeing her – like that. Whatever happened, she was my friend once.
“I am sorry for all what happened back then, Tolulope.”
I didn’t want to be reminded. Not that moment. “I need to get going. It was good seeing you.” I said and made to leave when she dropped her baby on the floor and tugged unto me asking me not to leave.
After much pleading, I agreed to meet with her the next day. I think that was the meeting that gave me the change I needed in my life.
She told me how her friends influenced her to think that I made her dull, and how I was dimming her light so that mine could shine better. She told me that it didn’t take much for them to convince her that I was a witch because I had shared all the spiritual troubles and sleepless nights I had during my childhood with her. I told her everything that was going on in my family and how my dad hailed from a house they served the god of iron.

My Pal for now and forever after (Part 2)
FRIENDS FOR NOW AND FOREVER

She told me that she didn’t mean for things to get that far. And she meant it. She didn’t realize that words were life and death. She hadn’t intended to kill me with her words, but she did.
I asked her how she got to the state she was that moment and I was in awe when I heard her friends turned on her when she got sent out of school because of her grades. She told me how much she looked for me.
I saw the regret in her eyes, and that moment, I realized how tough God’s job is. It was hard to forgive her even though I had moved on, but I found myself hugging her.
“So what happened to you?”
She asked me.
“About three years after my family moved to Ondo, I got an opportunity to write a scholarship exam in business. I came out tops and was sponsored to a business school in Canada. The rest is a really long story.”

My Pal for now and forever after (Part 2)
FRIENDS FOR NOW AND FOREVER

Looking at everything, I saw how much it taught me and I decided to share it. Many friends out there are never cautious of the things they say about their friends to other people. It’s the human nature and how it just wants to keep talking about other people.

My Pal for now and forever after (Part 2)

Not only that, we should also note that it isn’t everything that is shareable. We should be slow to speak and swift to listen.
Once more, God will always prove Himself the mighty, all sufficient God that He is by coming to your rescue at your lowest estate like He did me.
No wicked deed will ever go unpunished too, however, God is ready, ever ready to open His arms, what am I saying? His arms are ever wide open to receive those who repent.
Feyi repented of every one of her sins, and today, she handles some of my warehouses here in Lagos and she’s doing very well for herself and her family.
I hope this touches the life of many.
My Pal for now and forever after (Part 2)
FRIENDS FOR NOW AND FOREVER

© 2018
Abiola Okunsanya,
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