There were some new cars in the Williams’ s parking lot. I wondered if they had visitors, but who goes visiting someone early on a Thursday morning? It must be an emergency i decided. I slide the screen door open and entered the living room.
” Hi! I thought you had stood us up” Ayo said sauntering towards me, a cup of tea in his hand. He looked so delectable and my mouth watered.
” Hi. Sorry am a little late”
” No problem. You came at the right time, my wife and kid just arrived”.
Wife and kid? so Lola was alive! why did i even listen to that red haired demon in the first place. So Lola had another child, i was over the moon with the good news.
” They are in the visitor’ s sitting room. Come with me” he said placing the cup in his hand on a little crystal saucer on the dining table.
I followed him up the stairs into the wing b of the house. They were all laughing at something. My heart beat accelerated, how would Lola react?
The laughter ceased when we entered. A biracial woman in bump short and tank top sat beside a burly old man smoking cigarette. The man ‘ s smile died on his lips when his eyes met mine. I saw recognition in his eyes, a knowing smile registered on his lips as he saw it in my own eyes too. Was he Warri runz or Benin Runz? i wondered.
” Ayo who is she ?” The woman asked with an American accent.
” This is Constance’ s nanny. Ebere meet my wife Mildred and my father, senator Williams”
The one that can’t find physical release through sex! surely he wouldn’t recognize me after all these years. what of Lola? why is Lola’ s husband introducing another woman as his wife?
” Young lady how are you?” He asked with a twinkle in his eyes.
” Am fine sir”
” Ayo i will be frank with you, i don’t like the look of this lady. She’s not what i had in mind”. Mildred said , blowing smoke into the air.
” Mildred please let’s not argue about it, i will go bring Lola downstairs to meet her.”
” Excuse me for a minute Ebere ” he strolled out of the sitting room. The woman gave me a long look and went back to her gist. Lola. Lola would identify me, she will let me stay on as my daughter’ s nanny.
Ayo walked into the room with Lola on his arm, she wasn’t the Lola that i knew. She was so thin i could see her rib bones through her white flowery gown. She reminded me of Rachael from the AIDS Survivor Support Group. Ayo lifted her on to the settee gently. She looked up smiling and her smile froze on her face.
” Who is She?” she asked in a calm nervous voice. I could hear the slight tremor in it.
” She is the nanny i hired last week. We are yet to discuss the terms of her employment because of an urgent meeting i had on that day.”
Laughter twittered into the sitting room before three chubby little girls ran into the room. The third girl was sporting a pink hair. Ayo placed his arm on her shoulder and pushed her forward.
” This is Tess, She came in yesterday which makes your charge two kids now.”
” Hi Miss ” red haired called out cheerfully before chasing Constance out of the living room. The pink haired girl squirmed out of his grasp and ran out.
Could this one be mine? She wasn’t here when i came and Lola wasn’t too. Why was Lola so silent, she could at least have said i was an old acquittance.
She’s not fit for the job, she’s too young” Lola said meeting my eyes. She was sending a message across to me.
” I might look young but i have the experience and am not really as young as I look. I will take good care of your children”.
” Thank you Lola! i said the same thing too but Ayo is just too headstrong! i don’t want her anywhere near my kid!” Mildred spat out.
” Ladies why don’t you give the young lady a chance” the senator said licking his lips.
” Ebere please excuse us for a moment ” Ayo said.
I walked out of the living room, removed my shoes and tiptoed back the stairs.
” I know her type! She looks like a thief! what do we even know about her? who are her references? Please let her go” Lola said.
” How does a thief look Lola? please be reasonable! ” Ayo said.
” Exactly like her! didn’t you see how her eyes were roving all over the place?! ”
” I certainly noticed it too!” Mildred chimed in.
I had heard enough, is this how Lola had chosen to pay me back? tears drifted down my cheeks as i drove home. One question nagged annoyingly at the back of my mind. Which of the little girls was mine? i was so sure it was Constance but i wasn’t so sure anymore after seeing the pink haired girl.