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CAB 9

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 Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord?

Acts 13:10 NLT

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She dragged herself away from the TV. She had to put a stop to the binge-watching she has been doing for the past few days. She pouted while talking to her reflection on her phone screen.

‘Deji does not keep me company any more.’

Her phone’s LED blinked. One of her cousins, they were a pair of twins, had sent her a message on Whatsapp.

Aunty mi, so we heard you are on maternity leave.’

 She heaved a tired sigh. She could feel the heaviness in her heart. Her cousins, Solange and Beyonce (the names made her cringe, she really did not know what her sister-in-law was thinking) were not bad company but she really wanted to spend time with her Deji and nobody else. She replied the chat.

Yeah. Gotta let the baby rest and all.’

Beyonce replied instantly.

You wouldn’t mind if we stopped by?’

What do they mean ‘stopped by’? It meant they would be there for at least a week!

‘Aunty, we just finished exams o. It would be nice to help you with the heavy lifting. *wink* *wink*’

 She flung her phone to the sofa.

We have a two week-break.’

She picked up her phone again. She said it already, didn’t she?

She clenched her teeth as she typed.

You know you are welcome here anytime.’

She pulled herself up from the chair. Beyonce and Solange – the thought of their names alone could induce a miscarriage. Her ankles hurt badly. She paused to examine her feet. Right, except her belly wasn’t transparent. She sucked in her cheeks. It was time to take a walk. Continue reading “CAB 9”

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CAB 8

The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:

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The ride back to their house was silent. She was strung up. He could tell. She had applied her hand cream three times already. They had spent roughly twenty minutes on the road. His fingers drummed on the steering wheel. They had less than roughly 120 seconds before the light turned green. He cleared his throat. What could he say? She took a deep breath.

He glanced sharply towards her. Her cheeks were wet with tears. “Hey.” He squeezed her thigh gently. She wiped her tears away. “I feel so bad.” She shook her head as if to staunch the flow of her tears. “Look at us. Abbey and Eddy must be feeling so sad right now with you still going to work and all. You ever feel like we could do better? Maybe we should visit them more often?” She patted her swollen belly lovingly. The light turned green. “This baby has made me a Dracula. I snored at work on Friday. I am still embarrassed. Thank God it was my last day before my maternity leave.” She sighed again. “Abbey and I had the most awkward conversation when you guys left the table. She wouldn’t look at me and when she finally did, she wouldn’t hold my gaze. I can’t place my finger on what is wrong. I mean Eddie is not doing badly. On the brighter side, he is doing the cooking he always loved doing. I wouldn’t mind some of that grilled tilapia of his. Abby and I have not had our weekly lunch meetings in a month. I don’t know how I will survive this maternity leave without her.” Continue reading “CAB 8”

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CAB 7

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Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.

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He walked briskly towards the table. ‘Eddie, how far now?”

Eddie glances across the room. ‘What is wrong with you?”

 

Deji reaches for the water and pours himself a glass. His hands tremble and he spills a third of the water in his glass. He is saved from answering Eddie’s question by the approach of his wife and  Abbey, Eddie’s wife. Deji’s wife pats her stomach as she settles in her seat. She smiles at Deji as she speaks, “I have dreaming about this ewa aganyin* since the beginning of this week. You can’t understand.” Abbey wrinkles her nose at her. “Are you certain you are eating just for two? It feels like your stomach is camp to an army of hungry soldiers.” She chuckles and signals to the sales girls. “Please let us order. This hunger is killing me.”

An uncomfortable silence settles on the table. Deji picks his phone and sends Eddie a message.

“Guy, may we talk outside abeg…”

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CAB 6

They have told no lies; they are without blame.

Revelation 14:5 New Living Translation (NLT)

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‘Seat belt please’

She grimaced as she put it on. ‘Would you be able to wait till the I come out of the meeting.’

‘That’s expensive. When do you suppose you would be done?’

She shook her head. ‘Maybe three hours. Okay. Four.’

‘Ńot bad. I would drop you off. Then I will head back after two hours and forty five minutes. Neither of us would have to wait so long.’’

‘Okay.’

After a while, she broke the silence.

‘Wouldn’t you rather be accepting requests and all?’

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CAB 5

Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler.

 

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She watched him wander about the room as he got dressed for work. He wound his tie around his left knuckles, and grudgingly picked up his brief case. He wondered how long he was going to put up with this charade. Honestly, there were some Mondays he wanted to just wear a pair of shorts. Like this Monday. He made his way for the door. She cleared her throat. He rolled his eyes and walked to her side of the bed. He leaned in dutifully for his morning peck. Her lip hovered. She abruptly pulled back. He wasn’t going to get off this one easily.

‘Seriously? You were going to leave without paying homage to my cupid bow?’

‘I am sorry.’ He scratched his beard in confusion. He needed to be on the road. He kissed her fully on the lips and lingered. Her eyes remain closed and she heaved a contented sigh. ‘We could do that again, but neither of us would leave the house today.’ He lifted her knuckles to his mouth. ‘Ties are meant for the neck and not the knuckles.’ He nodded. She threw up her arms for a hug. He leaned back in shock.

‘You are joking, right?’

She looked puzzled. ‘What?’

‘You are keeping the hair in your arm pit!’

She sniffed her left armpit. ‘So? You are keeping you beard.’

‘Seriously?’ Continue reading “CAB 5”