I walked away speedily but Cynthia got up and ran after me. Ogechi and her manager were confused but however joined her in pursuit of me. Cynthia started screaming “Stop right there!” The attention of the people got directed to us, especially me since I was the one on the run. No guests tried to stop me; instead they gave way when I got close to any of them as none knew how dangerous I could be. I ran so fast and located a dark secluded area just by the beautifully trimmed flowers outside the building and got rid of everything I disguised myself with. I then mixed up with the crowd but was so careful not to let Cynthia or Ogechi see me. They found the items I disguised myself with and concluded there was an impostor in the midst of them. The cops were called immediately as panic spread among the guests. That was the end of the party, and the guests were advised not to leave the premises, as it was safer than the lone street outside which harbored renowned thugs and outlaws, one of which was believed to be present in the party.
Cynthia got worried sick about me. She thought something bad had happened to me which warranted a strange fellow to be in possession of my cell phone. She tried calling me again, but I had switched off the phone. The cops showed up soon enough and started searching the premises for any possible suspects. I didn’t have to hide from the cops; I only had to hide from Cynthia and Ogechi. If the guests had not been advised to stay back at the premises, it would have been easy to vacate the building along with the multitude of them. But if I tried to do so alone, I would be giving myself away to the last people in the planet I wanted to be seen by.
I made sure to be in the center of the crowd, where no part of me could be seen by any of the two. The cop’s search didn’t yield any positive results, so they stuck around to secure the place till the light of a new day approached. From where I hid myself, I saw Cynthia crying and refusing to be consoled by all who tried to do so to her. Ogechi didn’t stop consoling her despite her refusal to be consoled. It was then that reality dawned on me. I had complicated issues in my life by holding unto my feelings for Ogechi while having a romance with Cynthia. I regretted everything I had done. I said to myself; Ogechi had moved on with her life without me all these years. It’s true she still loves me, but she would certainly move on with her life without me. I had thought I could easily get around what I and Cynthia shared, not until I saw her lamenting and blaming herself for letting me embark on the trip to Oklahoma. “If I had objected, this wouldn’t have happened” she kept saying. There and then, I made up my mind for the last time that I was going stick to Cynthia and let Ogechi go.” After all, if Mariana hadn’t come up with the video thing, Ogechi may have yielded completely to Ck’s advances. Who knows?
My only prayer was to leave Ogechi’s house to my hotel room and call Cynthia as though I was just checking on her, and then act surprised at whatever she told me concerning what just happened. I also planned to get rid of my cell phone and tell her I lost it somewhere I couldn’t remember, but the problem was leaving Ogechi’s residence. The cops were everywhere, and any unusual move will be questioned. That would certainly draw attention to me. So I just kept my calm but my heartbeat ran so fast like I was guilty of a deadly crime. Some guests felt uncomfortable outside and demanded to go inside. I joined them and went inside in order to make sure I was truly hidden from the eyes of those girls.
As we marched inside, I turned away from the rest of the guests and made for a very secluded part of the building where I could actually monitor the movements outside. My plan was to monitor to know when Ogechi and Cynthia left so that I could seize that opportunity and leave that premises for good. I didn’t find exactly the kind of place I was looking for, but where I found could serve that purpose to some extent. I didn’t know what section of the house it was but I opened the door and went in, for people barely came around there. There was also a window from where I could monitor some activities going on outside the building. The section I entered was two times the size of a standard bedroom and was filled with jewelries, designer dresses and shoes, and the likes. I concluded it was Ogechi’s wardrobe. I went to the window of the room and fixed my eyes on all that was going on outside in order to know when the time for me to make my move came.
I eventually slept and snapped out of sleep at about after 4am. Everywhere was very calm. There was no noise and movements again. I could only see the police from the window moving and speaking to each other while constantly looking at their wrist watches to confirm what the time was. I noticed that guests were freely moving out of the premises without being stopped or questioned by the police. I knew they were doing their underground investigation anyway, but nothing about me suggested any ill impression, so I could also join the guests and leave. Perhaps it was time for me to leave and end everything without anyone getting hurt except me by my conscience. I was determined to tie the nuts with Cynthia the moment I left that place because I didn’t think I could bear to see her heart broken. Ogechi wouldn’t have any problem moving on without me. She even said something like; IF FATE BRINGS US BACK TOGETHER when she was telling her story that night. So I guess FATE DIDN’T BRING US BACK TOGETHER.
After scanning through every part of the outside of the building which my eyes could see without seeing Ogechi or Cynthia, I made my move. I exited the room I was in and shut the door behind me gently, then made way at once for the front door without any hesitation. Coming from a corridor, I found that some doors to the rooms by the side of it were open, and had people inside it either sleeping or discussing. Amazingly some were even making out as though there was no situation to worry about. I continued moving till I got to the sitting room, where there were quite a number of people talking about various things. It appeared I was the only on disturbed among all who were present in that building. Well, I didn’t have such luxury then. All I wanted was to leave there in the most unnoticeable manner ever. As I was peeping to see if Ogechi or Cynthia were amongst those in the sitting room, a door to one of the rooms behind me popped open and I dodged into an empty room that was just beside me and shut the door. I didn’t know who opened that door, but I just feared any such movements to be Ogechi or Cynthia. So it was better for me to prevent myself from being seen before checking to see who it was than checking first only to discover it was one of them.
My heartbeat had already accelerated again, so I remained in that room for a little bit to calm myself down before continuing. After I pulled myself together, I left the room to continue on my way out but there just so many people in that siting room that I couldn’t tell if any of the two girls were there or not. I decided to use another exit that was less revealing than the front door. The second exit was somewhere around the VIP section. I made my way there to locate it and leave. It was difficult to find the door. I increased my pace towards it the moment I found it, but almost gave up the ghost when the door popped open and I saw Cynthia wearily walking in with some people with her trying to console her. Until that moment, she was still worrying about me. I gave way to all the breadth I had taken in and concluded that this was it. My doom had come upon me, I thought. But then, it occurred to me that Cynthia’s eyes were so wet that she probably couldn’t decipher the still figure about 20 feet away from her, if at all she was even interested in knowing who anyone she saw was.
Immediately, I rushed into the VIP section and hid myself somewhere, waiting for her and her consolers to pass before I finally left. Luckily for me, the light in the VIP had been turned off. Maybe because it was night or there was no one there. What a long night it had been. My cover was almost blown, but I managed to keep things together. And now, as soon as Cynthia gets was away from there, I would leave and say goodbye to Ogechi and my feelings for her. I said in my heart; “don’t worry dear Cynthia; this will be the last time you’ll ever have to shed tears. I’ll make sure of that.” The first thing I was planning to hit Cynthia with the moment we saw each other again was a proposal. I concluded that Ogechi wasn’t for me. And I also reasoned that she would find it easier living without me than Cynthia would. Cynthia had done almost everything for me and was also in love with me. It would be a serious heart break for her if I ever left her. “Why did I even come to Oklahoma in the first place” I asked myself.
After those thoughts and much more, I returned my focus to the issue on ground. Cynthia and those with her walked pass the VIP section, probably heading for the siting room. The coast was clear. I rose from where I squatted and made way for the exit tiptoeing. I got to the door of the VIP section and peeped out to confirm for the last time if there was still anyone hanging around somewhere. I found there wasn’t anyone and I braced myself up to make the last move. Just when I was about take the first step of my last move, the lights in the VIP section suddenly came on and the darkness therein was revealed. I froze! Then I heard a voice from behind me say; “Who are you? And why are you snooping around?” I didn’t say anything in response, neither did I look back to see who was talking. The voice from behind said again; “I’m talking to you. Who are you and why are you snooping around? You better say something before I call the cops on you.” When I heard cops, I turned slowly to see who was talking. OH GOODNESS GRACIOUS MARY! It was Ogechi’s voice. Ogechi had been in the VIP all the while, and she was observing all my moves from the moment I rushed in there. The moment we saw ourselves, we both exclaimed simultaneously; WHAT???
TO BE CONTINUED…