AMAZING LOVE - Episode 12

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Eka was animated with a sewing machine in the house. She took the measurement of herself and cut the right size of cloth from the cloth ...

Eka was animated with a sewing machine in the house. She took the measurement of herself and cut the right size of cloth from the cloth Dr. Gerry gave her.  She was sure she had seen loads of magazines in the wardrobe in her room. She could not tell if she would find what she wanted in them but she had to try. When she opened the wardrobe and saw the magazines on the base of the wardrobe, she exhaled with relief. She packed all of them and sat down on her bed and began to page through them in search of clothe designs she might want to copy. Much of the magazines had nothing about fashion. Finally she found one, Islander Show; it had loads of fashionable clothe designs. Though it was a bit old, the designs in it were lovely; she didn’t bother to return the other magazines to the wardrobe, she was excited and ran back to the dining where her sewing machine was. Slowly she paged through the magazine trying to pick the particular design to sew. She was spoilt with choice. When she eventually made her choice she went back into the room to bring the big mirror which she used and stood it on the wall. She held the piece of cloth she had cut against her body for a moment and studied the look of it in the mirror.  Ideas quickly formed in her head. She dropped the cloth and studied the design she wanted to sew. A warm smile broke out on her face. She whispered to herself, “I going to make my own style.” With feverish passion and uncanny precision, she began to cut the piece of cloth. While she cut the cloth, her smile grew wider. Her heart rang with joy.

After a little over an hour, she was done with cutting the cloth. She measured her cuts over and over again; satisfied with her work, she began to sort through the sewing threads Dr. Gerry’s sister gave her. With her choice of the threads to use made, she folded the pieces of cloth she had cut and put them in a bag. She took the two thousand Naira Dr. Gerry gave along with the two hundred Naira Simbi gave her and left to go have the pieces of cloth woven for her. When she got to the gate she turned back to go drop the two hundred Naira Simbi gave her. She had an attachment to that two hundred Naira. It reminded her a lot of things. She could not get herself to part with it. She had no clue where she could find someone to weave the cloth for her, but she was determined to find one. On the street she did not know which direction to go. She saw a cluster of boys and a few girls on the street and she went their way to ask them to direct her to where she could find what she wanted. Just like the first time they saw her, her presence worked magic on them. The boys looked at her hungrily and the girls stared at her with envy. As though she was far younger than all of them she greeted them with humility and then asked, “I am new in this neighbourhood, please where can I find someone to weave my clothe?”

The boys and girls jostled amongst themselves to provide her with the answer she sought. One of the girls took her by the hand and said, “Come with me, my seamstress has a weaving machine. I will take you to her.” One of the boys came in-between Eka and the girl who offered to help her and announced, “I take you to my brother he is a tailor and can weave your clothes for you.” The girl pushed him away and yelled, “I offered to help her first! Your brother is a bad tailor and steals people’s clothes!” Eka did not like the sound of that so she opted to follow the girl. The group of young people were so impressed with her look that they all offered to accompany her and their friend to where Eka’s clothe would be woven for her. On the way, they plied her with all sorts of questions about her skin, her hair, her eyes and her overall beauty. The boys wanted to know if she had younger sisters like her. It had been long since she spent time with anybody except Dr. Gerry. The group reminded her of her street and almost made her cry. She told them that she could make clothes for both male and female. The boys were the first to offer to bring her clothes to make for them, while two of the girls promised to give her clothes to make school uniform for them. Their major interest was just to get close to Eka. She knew it and didn’t mind so long as they would keep giving her clothes to make for them.

Back at work Dr. Gerry was in confusion. Since he left Ekaette, all sorts of thoughts were going through his mind. It was clear to him that he liked Eka a lot, but she was only a girl. On his fingers Dr. Gerry counted how many years it would take for Eka to turn eighteen years. He said to himself, “Four years! But she looks like she was already nineteen and talks like an adult.” Still talking to himself, he said, “I would like to wait for Ekaette, but it is going to be quite a long wait. But what if she sees someone else and falls in love with him while I am waiting for her?” Dr. Gerry’s face furrowed with anxiety. He didn’t like the thought of that. “But it is too early to talk to her about my feelings for her. I think if I don’t let her know my feelings, her heart might be swayed by another,” Dr. Gerry thought. He scratched his head in confusion, stood to his feet and slammed his hand on his table and said to himself, “I want to be a good man to this girl and do the right things around her. However I don’t want to lose her!” He sat back on his seat and thought hard and long about Ekaette. Finally he decided to call his sister and ask her to come see Eka that evening.

“Hello! Christy I am in a fix right now, I need your help,” Dr. Gerry announced to his sister over the phone. “What is it Gerald? Are you okay?” “I am okay. But I am not very okay Christy.” “You don’t make sense Gerald. What is going on over there?” “Christy, can you come to my house this evening? Please don’t say no. I need you to see Eka.” “Has the girl began to give you troubles?” “No… I… I…like the girl, but she is only a girl. The only way I can love and marry her is to wait for her. But waiting for her is going to be quite a long wait.” “Oh! I see. Love has turned your head upside down. Now you can see what I have been telling you all these years. If you had listened to me and got a girlfriend all this while, even if you were not going to marry her, by now you would have known what to do. Imagine, a fourteen year old girl has turned your head. What exactly do you want me to come over to your house for?” “I want you to see her and tell me if it is wrong, I mean very wrong to be in love with her now. My head tells me it is wrong. But my heart wants to start a relationship with her now.”  “Of course it is wrong! She is only fourteen for Christ sake! I don’t care about her height and size. If you truly love her, you must wait for her!”

“It is hard! And what if I lose her while waiting for her?” “Gerald, you are in a fix. I agree with you. I will come over this evening to see her. Maybe after that we will decide what to do. But whatever you do, please don’t tell her you love her, she is only a child.” “Okay, I won’t do that, but I bet you will change your opinion when you see her.” “I think you should rather concern yourself with whether she is a good person and can make a good wife. Also you should know that once teenagers grow older, they change a lot. Their views about love and life shift massively. I can bet you that whatever she is now will change in the next five years. She will either get better or worse. So, you see, you must wait for her.” “Christy I know you are a good woman and you fancy yourself so. But I bet you, Eka is light years ahead of you in this regard.” “I am glad to hear that my brother is not getting hooked up with a little witch. I will see you two this evening, save your credit Gerald.” “Thank you Christy.” The word ‘witch’ stabbed Dr. Gerry to the heart and left a heavy impression on his mind. He thought, “Should Christy have used that word?”

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