They spent most of the weekend together. Oladipupo was called just once to the hospital for an emergency situation. It was a Sunday. The call came in while they were lying in bed. Dipo was propped on his elbow, head in his hand tracing Tunmise’s spine. Dipo picked. “Hello. Yes. No don’t worry about that.” He was already getting off the bed. Tunmise’s heart sank. “What are his vital signs?” He asked as he pulled a shirt off its hanger. “Shit. Where is Dr Lawal?” “Who did he tell?” He was frantic. He got down on his fours by the bed searching for something. He obviously found it cause he raised his head and pecked Tunmise catching her unawares. “I will be there in fifteen minutes. Hold this line. I’m going to take you through some steps before I get there. Tell Dr Lawal I said he is fired if that patient dies. I don’t even want to see him if I get there before him.” He mouthed ‘I love you’ to Tunmise and rushed out of the house. Soon she heard his car zoom off. Everywhere suddenly became desolate. She laid down for about ten minutes before a thought occurred to her. She could tour! The first time she was at his house, it was in the wee hours of the morning. She couldn’t wait to fall into his bed. This was her second chance. She was so grabbing it.
She was in the sixth bedroom when her phone rang. “Hello?”
“Hello. Is this Tunmise?”
“Okay. This is Akinola.”
Guilt. “Oh! Akinola, how are you? I’m sorry about the party. Didn’t say goodbye like I promised.”
“Yeah. It’s alright. My dad dropped some documents for you with me. He was the one that gave me your number. When will you be free to come collect them?”
“Oh the Balogun case.” She hit her forehead. “The thing is I don’t even know when I will be free.” She thought for a while. “Can I call you back? I have no idea.” She didn’t want to leave Dipo’s house without telling him and she didn’t want to call him because she suspected strongly that he would be in surgery. What to do?
“Well, I’m going out. I thought you would be available to come get them.”
“Oh. When are you going out?”
“In the evening. Say around five.”
“Oh.” She relaxed a bit. “Maybe I would be free before then.” She hoped Dipo would be home before then. He left around eight am. He should be.
“Okay, good. Take care.” He hung up.
Tunmise stared at the phone for a minute. Weird dude.
“Hello. It’s Akin. I just wanted to let you know I’m on my way out. Where are you? Maybe I can drop it off on my way.”
“Oh.” It was a good idea but she wasn’t sure Dipo would be comfortable. Weren’t they friends? “Sure.” She gave him Dipo’s address.
“Oh. That’s close by. Be there in fifteen.”
“I’m sorry I’m late. I was held in traffic.” He looked around. “Nice place”
“Thanks. It’s Dipo’s”
“Oh. Where is he?”
“He is at the hospital.”
“So it’s only you at home?”
“Yeah.” She suddenly felt uncomfortable. “Make yourself comfortable. Would you like anything?”
“Yeah. Something cold, please.” He took his seat.
“Be right back.”
Few minutes later…
“Here.” She placed a tray in front if him which contained a glass cup and a carton of orange juice. “Thanks for helping with this.” She pointed to the documénts.
“It’s no problem. It’s you Tunmise.” He laughed. “My high school crush.”
She sat across from him. “What?” She laughed nervously. “So not true.”
“You don’t believe me?”
“I do not.”
“Well, it’s true. ”
“Just so you kñow, you were mine too.” Why did she say that? He raised an eyebrow. She felt uncomfortable. “I thought you were going somewhere?”
“Hahaha. I just wanted to visit friends. I consider you as a friend.” More discomfort.
“How is your fiancée?” When is he leaving?
“She is fine. Thanks.”
They heard a car honk. Tunmise crossed over to the window and looked out. It was Dipo. “I will be right back.”
She walked out just as Dipo’s gateman let him in. He alighted. He smiled as he saw her. “I’m so sorry dear.” He pulled her into his arms.
“No problem. How was it?”
“It was fine. How was your day?”
“Well…” She hesitated. He walked ahead of her
“Babe, I’m so tired. I just want to crawl into bed.”
When she heard his car honk, she felt it was a saving grace but now she wasn’t so sure. She thought they were good friends but Akinola didn’t even know Dipo’s place and Dipo didn’t recognize Akinola’s car that was parked outside his gate. She walked into a wall. Only it wasn’t a wall but the ramrod straight back of Dipo.
This is where it stops on the blog but you can get the full edited ebook on okadabooks. Just download it and search for ‘Stakes: Change of hearts’ or just ‘stakes’. Thanks.