I think love pierces through the heart faster than a two-edged sword. I wished to be the prisoner in Joshua’s prison and I was so determined to achieving that.
“Joshua, it is wrong to say such words against women. Though the shaft has overwhelmed the weat, there will always be some God fearing out there,” I replied his wrong accusation.
“I will see to the job issue, I think that is a good way to start,” I added.
We talked for a while and then headed for the car. I dropped Johnson at that same bus stop as he had requested and I drove home afterwards.
The following day at work, I summoned a board meeting and told them that we would have to establish another branch of the company. I also gave them reasons such as getting another source of generating revenue, thereby, increasing the profits earned by the firm. I also told them the new branch would also create employment opportunities for the unemployed citizens. There would be no extravagant cost to be incurred in opening the branch, I reminded them of the land and building property owned by the company which has not been in use for years and that would serve us better instead of being there without generating any income. The suggestion looked good and they also buy the idea. So we opened the branch after a month and I made Joshua the sales manager after I had told him to submit his application letter as well as his curriculum vitae(CV) beforehand, which he did.
Things were going as planned as Joshua and I began to share not only bible verses but also romantic words. Joshua was also doing well at work and there was never a day that a complaint was lodged against him. I felt so blessed to have him by my side. “if only I could marry such a man, the company would grow faster,” so I wished.
Mother learnt about the new branch and my intentions for opening it, she was pleased and also encouraged me to keep it up. Though, mother was pleased with my performance at work, she was not pleased with my relationship life. She kept telling me to bring the lucky man and if it is that I could not find one, she would get one for me. I always turn her offer down by telling her the lucky one would come soonest. I was actually referring to Joshua.
When I finally took Joshua home to introduce to mother, she was happy that I brought someone home after several counsels. I told mother Joshua and I were just friends but I loved him and he was the man I wanted to be with. Mother went against the marriage thought when I told her Joshua was not born with a silver spoon. Mother said such men were gold diggers and she would not let such human insult the family. Mother said I should look for someone else or she got one for me.
“How could you be so mean, mother? Is he not a man as well?” I retorted.
“He is a man Maurice, but not a man fit to be a Tumbler. He can never be,” mother shouted back at me.
I said nothing more but walked out of the house that night. I could not go to Carolina’s house because she was already married to be boss and they were both happy, instead I lodged in a hotel. I could not understand how mother could be so mean at Joshua, the fact the he was God fearing was enough to believe that he wasn’t a gold digger.
I wept all through the night… But who knows, mother might be right.
Love is tougher than alcohol, even a single drop can intoxicate its victim. Love is blind, it does not matter how strong its victim might be, (s)he must fall. I wish I knew where love lives, maybe I would have threatened it or bribed it so that I would not be its victim.
I turned deaf ears to mother’s call. I began to love Joshua more each day. I spent more time with him and even promoted him at work. I made him the general manager of the new branch in order for him to have enough to spend, invest and save so that he can become a great man, a man fit enough to be a TUMBLER.
Mother and Carolina advised me to slow things down a little, that I was moving too fast. They said I did not even know if the young man loves me or want me. Carolina tried to remind me of how tricky a hungry man could be. Mother even told me her experience with such gold diggers but all those stories did not add up. Joshua was devoted to God’s work. He was even ordained as a minister in the sanctuary. His life was an epitome of a good husband.
I did not want to lose the golden chance of getting married to him. I distanced myself from Carolina, since she was married already. I also stop tell mother anything about my relationship life. I only told her Joshua and I were friends and he was also my employee.
That went on for almost two years, by then I was already 26years. Though, I was wealthy and influential but I was not happy. People’s expectations on marriage overwhelmed me. Even that made me desired to make Joshua the lucky man. I invited Joshua to one of TUMBLER’S welcome party in order to show mother how far Joshua had gone. A welcome party was always being organized by the family to welcome any son or daughter of the TUMBLER’S family coming back home from abroad.
Desiri was my Uncle’s Chidera’s daughter. Uncle Chidera was the owner of a famous cocoa factory in the western part of Nigeria. He was my father’s younger brother and he has been a father to me since my father died. He is a wealthy man with a happy family. Desiri was the only daughter she had. He sent Desiri abroad to study medicine immediately after her secondary level.
Desiri was fond of me when she was in Nigeria and we never stopped communicating when she left. She was only 20years old when she became a medical doctor. She came back to Nigeria to practice her profession because she had passion for saving souls and she wanted to start from her dear country. I was happy to see her fulfilling her dreams.