Basirat had offered to go baby- shopping with me when I called her last night.
It’s a Saturday after all and her kids were spending the weekend with their uncle Mohammed.
As I walked into the mall, I reached for my mobile phone, but before I could dail her phone number, I sighted her talking to a man who was backing me.
Who could that be?
As I neared them, it immediately hit me.
Tunji, Solape’s younger brother?????
The same Tunji she cheated on her husband with!!!
The same Tunji that almost cost her friendship with Solape.
Memories came flooding back. Memories of five years ago. How we had discovered she was having an affair with her friends younger brother! Despite being married to Samad.
My pace increased as I was eager to confront them.
Okay, you need to calm down Naomi, you don’t want to cause a scene here. My inner thoughts screamed to me.
I was 3 feets away when Basirat noticed me. “It took her long enough” I mentally scoffed.
“Naomi” she called out , trying to hide the shock on her face.
I’m sure she wasn’t expecting me to see them together, but then, we were supposed to meet here! This is a public place! It’s bound to happen!!
I watched as He turned around.
He wasn’t looking bad- I mentally noted.
Maybe that’s why she can’t stay away from him….
“Hello Naomi…long time no see” Tunji interrupted my wandering thoughts.
Long time no see?
Come to think of it, last time I saw him was at my wedding, 3 years ago.
“Hi Tunji… it’s been awhile” I gave him a side hug.
“I know right, you look good by the way” he complimented like a gentleman.
Gentleman my foot.
Sleeping with a married woman!
“Well thank you, you don’t look bad yourself” I heard myself say
Am I seriously flirting with this womanizer?
Okay, you need to slow down with the judgments Naomi. I mentally noted as I adjusted my top.
I was putting on a Pink plain tee, tucked into my boyfriend blue jean. I wore a black thigh length blazer, alongside a white sneakers, the one Travis got me for my birthday last year.
“How are you doing? How’s your husband?” Tunji continued
“My husband is doing very well, thank you” I replied firmly.
“That’s good to know, I’m kind of in a hurry now, so I’d just leave you both” he said as he gave Basirat a small hug.
Of course, he wasn’t in a hurry before I showed up.
“Its nice seeing you again Naomi, say me well to Travis” he said before walking away.
I nodded and then gave Basirat the “you have alot of explanations to do” look.
“Don’t give me that look Naomi” she blurted out.
“Ooo really?…now are you going to tell me what exactly is going on?” I asked
“It’s not what you think Naomi, believe me”
I laughed sarcastically.
“I’m trying Soo hard to believe you Babe, but I’m really confused….. are you still seeing Tunji??????” I asked firmly.
“What? No Naomi, we just ran into each other here!”
“Basirat this is all too cliche!!! You can’t be seen with your…..i don’t even know how to classify it…. What if Samad see you guys together….you know it’s going to be another story “ I said as a matter of fact .
I’m not even sure if I believe her or not.
Good lord Tunji is good looking!
“Samad isn’t going to suspect anything Naomi, he doesn’t know”
“Oo really? Wait, he doesn’t know? What do you mean?” I asked obviously confused
“I didn’t tell him” she blurted out. “ I didn’t tell him about my affair with Tunji”
I was stunned.
All these years, she kept this from me?
Forget about me, she kept it from her husband?
“Basirat ! Are you out of your mind???” I whisper-yelled.
By this time, Basirat had already dragged me to a corner.
“You didn’t tell Samad about it???? You told me you were going to” I remember the conversation very well.
I was supposed to return back to Abuja that day.
She was driving me to the airport.
She had told me she was going to tell him about everything.
“If I perish, I perish” those had been her words, the words that motivated me to go back to Travis.
” Yes I was going to tell him , but then I did alot of thinking on my way home……some secrets are called secrets for a reason Naomi, I mean, it’s been 5 years and I’m happy with my husband…yes I regret what I did but…….I think it’s best if Samad doesn’t find out about it” Basirat explained
I was speechless.
I watched as she went on.
“Who knows, Samad might have asked for a divorce or something if he had found out…but here we are, happy together….so there’s nothing to worry about Naomi, I’m no longer seeing Tunji, he’s now in the past”
I guess she’s right.
Secrets are called secrets for a reason.
But what happened to the saying” nothing can be hidden under the sun?”
I pushed the thoughts away and let things be.
“Well, I’m glad everything worked out well for you Basirat… just be Careful”. I told her
“I will… thanks for understanding Babes” she pulled me into a big hug. “Now are we going baby shopping or what?”
“We sure are” I replied with a small laugh.
“I’m still mad about the fact you didn’t tell me about the surrogate on time though” She said as we moved into the toys section.
“I know and I’m sorry”
” You are sorry?…. Naomi I’m your best friend!!!! I should be among the first to know, do you know how I felt when you told us about it 6weeks after ….6 whole weeks Naomi!” She ranted as she picked up a toy.
“We just didn’t want to raise your hopes high for nothing babes, the doctor said its a 50-50 something, we just got lucky she took in at the first trial” I explained
“But still, babes we’ve come along way, we are practically family, you should know that by now”
“I realize my mistakes now and I’m sorry” I apologized
She let out a big sigh.
“No more secrets?”
“No more secrets” I replied as she pulled me into another bear hug.
“I’m soo happy for you babe, you’re going to be a mother!!” She said out loud.
The thought of it brought butterflies to my belly. It made me feel all giddy inside.
“And I seriously can’t wait Basirat”
“Trust me, I know the feeling dear” she replied “so who’s the surrogate?”
“Oh no no Basirat, that’s one information we don’t want to find out. We only interact with her through our lawyer… there’s no physical contact, we don’t know her name or what she looks like… neither does she know any detail about us, it’s all in the contract” I explained
“Hmmmmmmm, that’s a very good idea my dear, to avoid any form of misunderstanding”
“By the way, why are you all dressed up?” She asked pointing to my blazers.
“I’m meeting up with a client for lunch” I replied
“On a Saturday?” She asked with raised brow
“It’s part of the job dear” I said pulling her with me.
It’s high time we did less talking and more shopping.
Hello beautiful people 😍
I’m sorry for the late update, I try to post as often as I can😶
So, Tunji featured in this episode!!!Do you believe Basirat?
The decision she made about not telling her husband about her affiar, personally, do you think it’s a brave decision….and why???
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