Wednesday, 5 August 2015


If there was ever a better time to say, 'it is a small world we live in', the perfect moment was when Leticia and Rejoice met again after separating from school on a not so good note. Leticia's heart missed a beat when she saw Rejoice's face. In her mind she thought, "why should this girl always come in to mare my best days?" "Was she on an assignment to be a hurdle to my happiness?" The eagerness with which she had walked out of the house to keep up appearances as the potential sister in law had come back to haunt her at her own house and in that moment, the cliché,  'we live in a small world' made much sense and had become clear to her because by seeing Rejoice, Leticia's hopes had come to a standstill just as she had paused when the window was rolled down. Before this  'unfortunate mix up', she always rehearsed her lines when she had to meet any new person but this time, she had to swallow back her words. The silence was becoming deafening because Gabriel had expected a hearty conversation to ensue between the two beautiful ladies but all he received were only stares. Rejoice then broke the deadlock, "Hello, roomie, how is my ex-boyfriend, Frank doing?" "Are you guys still together?", she inquisitively enquired. Leticia was still awestruck and had her mind wandering in far places. Rejoice's queries suddenly hit her and she responded, "So after this long time of not seeing me, is this the first question you could ask?" Gabriel was stunned and could not come to terms with the line of conversation. He was sensing hostility so he jumped in, "Do you ladies know each other?", he asked with a confused look on his face. "We were roommates in university", Rejoice said, to help Gabriel out of his confusion. Gabriel then spoke out the long-awaited cliché, "We really live in a small world, you see?" It then hit Rejoice that she had an upper hand in this case so she looked at her brother and asked, "So how did you two meet?". "We are colleagues at work", Gabriel replied. "I didn't know Leticia could turn into a lawyer so quickly", Rejoice interjected sarcastically. "I am not a lawyer yet, Rejoice, I work as more or less a paralegal", Leticia rebutted. "What do you do now, Rejoice?", Leticia also asked. "I work in my daddy's firm as his secretary", Rejoice replied in such a way that made Leticia feel bad about her own father who was just a pupil teacher. As the banter between Leticia and Rejoice was going on, Augustus, Leticia's father had asked Frank to go and fetch Leticia to help in the cutting of the cake. Frank, who was unaware of the "battle" going on outside wanted to beat a quick retreat when he saw his 'accuser' sitting in a car outside but he was not fast enough and was caught by Rejoice. "Frank, Frank!", Rejoice screamed, "it's me, your true love". "Come and give me some sugar", Rejoice added. Leticia had wanted to say "Stay away from him, you snake", but it could only be just a thought. Frank walked up to the car in a silly manner. When he got there, he immediately spoke, "This is a very unusual reunion", he said while trying to keep a straight face. Gabriel was the most confused amongst all the people gathered. "You know him too?", Gabriel asked his sister in an almost shocking tone. "We were all in the same university", Rejoice said, "We met in somewhat bizarre circumstances way back in school", Leticia added. Rita was inside the house and wondered what was keeping them outside. She went to the gate to find out but upon seeing the crowd, she went back inside. The 'prayer warrior', came out and called Leticia to come inside. Before she went inside, she hugged Gabriel, who said he had to go home and shook the hands of Rejoice in a hostile manner. Rejoice, on getting that reaction, disembarked from their SUV and hugged Frank. She was in a skimpy tight skirt and was in high heels. As she hugged Frank, she whispered into his ears, "you still have on that perfume that turns me on". All Frank could do was nod and enjoy Rejoice's soft bosoms pressed against his chest. Frank and Leticia bade the two farewell and walked back into the house as Gabriel sped off. "That was weird". Frank said. "Can you believe that Gabriel is Rejoice's brother?, Leticia asked Frank. Frank did not answer, all he could think of was the hug and the perfume that Rejoice had left lingering on his shirt. Soon the party was over and the merry makers had to retire. Rita was standing outside and was waiting on Frank to take her back home. Leticia did not like that idea and left to her alone, different transport arrangements would be made for Rita but it was not possible. Frank opened and held the door for Rita, she sat down, he closed the door and planted a kiss on Leticia's forehead. "I will see you soon, my pretty princess", he said as he started his car. "Drive carefully", Leticia said and gave Rita a stern look. Frank drove off into the darkness. As Leticia entered the house, she received a text. It was from  Rejoice and it read, "stay away from my brother".  "You can't have him". "If you are willing to trade him for Frank, he is all yours".  "This is a good deal". "The choice is yours". Leticia was dejected. She wanted to give the deal a thought but she was also not ready to lose either Gabriel or Frank. She knew she had to act fast. She had taken Rita's number from Frank's phone and decided to send her a text. "Stay away from my boyfriend", the text she sent read. As she walked to her door, she received a text and it read, "You had him all to yourself when he was at your house". "Now it is my turn to have him so shut up and don't text me again". The text was probably the most devastating thing to happen to Leticia all day because she knew it was time to cross swords....... The web is getting tighter. My name is Edwin Oko Lamptey and this is STILL PrIcElEsS DrEaMs. More at

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