Dora, you need to see how vexed I am right now. How could Francis do such a thing to you? You are a woman of substance by all standards, you’ve got what every responsible man needs in a woman, your love and care for humanity even makes me envious atimes, your passion and honesty in seeing things done the right way is a virtue every woman should pray for. You don’t just deserve to be in the hands of a good man; you deserve the best from him, so knowing your fiance treats you like this really makes me scared of accepting any man’s proposal, because if a man you spoil with so much love, honesty and care could treat a beauty like you this way, how would the crazy me be treated? In short babe, forget about that guy, even though he had asked you to marry him, you could as well let him go, a man who truly loves you shouldn’t cheat on it, never! What it means is that even after your wedding, that’s in the marriage, he will cheat even the more.
Sobbing passionately, Dora held her friend, who in turn tried to console her the more. Babe, if you keep on crying like you’ve lost someone, then, I may need to let you be until you are tired…thinking… I just keep wondering why good women usually end up with heartbreakers…As Vivian was about talking to Dora, her mum called out…”Dora!” “Yes mum”, she answered. Her eyes red with tears still running, and her hair looking unkempt, she dragged herself to the kitchen where her mum called from. Her mum had made her see reasons to pray and stop crying. She believes that her daughter loves her fiance so much, and she wished them a happy marriage, as the two showed true love to each other, however, she couldn’t understand Francis’ reason for calling off the engagement. All she could do is console her lovely daughter and make her get her beautiful life back; without Francis. They had dated for a year, and were set to marry after the lockdown. She feels for her daughter but there’s nothing she can do.
Dora resumed work as the lockdwon came to an end. She lectures at the University of Portharcourt. Fate brought her close to a business tycoon one day, on her way to the mall. They exchanged contacts, hoping to see again some day. It was mere contact exchange for Dora, but for the business mogul, he meant business. Dora finds it a bit difficult to mingle, she rather prefers to be close to her long time friends, that’s why Vivian is her closest friend, their living and working in the same city was a dream come through for her. However, she creates a little room for new friends, who may take her ages to accept after much observations. She opens up quite easily, once a friend is confirmed trustworthy. Not minding this trait of hers, she’s quite a funny character.The business mogul travels out of the country on business trips quite often. He is a major importer of metro tiles. He resides in Portharcourt. His success in business is as result of his hardwork, and most contributively, his father’s advice and monetary assistance. He had grown to be a good manager for himself. He coincidentally graduated from the same university wit Dora, but about 8 years before Dora came in as a Jambite; so, they never met in school.
On a sunny Saturday, he invited Dora on a date. To Dora, it was another opportunity to make a new friend…”but I’m sure not going to have anything to do with him”, she thought. Their discussion for the day centred basically on listing goals and achieving them, family life and marriage life. They discussed these in general times, without personalizing them. The moment was worthwhile. Dora and the business mogul had some drinks, and when it was evening, he wanted driving her home, but she insisted on taking herself home.
Five months after the lockdown, Vivain set to wed. Dora being her closest friend, took it upon herself to make her big day memorable. She had long asked Vivian to introduce her fiance to her the very day she told her of his proposal, but Vivain cheerfully declined, promising to plan a surprise party for three of them after her wedding. The preparations went perfectly, the wedding was fixed for 20th, invitation cards printed and ready to be given out. Dora chose the I.V colour for Vivian, but surprisingly, she was unable to take a look at it after the printing, she was more focused on helping her friend get other things done, and since she would behold the prince charming in less than a month time at the altar, she needed not to be anxious knowing who he is, her friend didn’t disclose much information about him too. All Dora is concerned about is that her dear friend is getting married and she’s happy for her.
The wedding Mass took place at Infant Jesus Catholic Church, Uke. The traditional marriage had already taken place, but was strictly attended by the bride’s parents, the groom’s parents, and a withness (kinsman), from the both families because of the covid-19 pandemic.
The bride with her friends lodged in a hotel around. It was the wedding eve. Dora being the closest to the bride, slept with her in the same room, while others slept in the next. The groom with his friends too, lodged in a different hotel. The night was short; Dora was almost awake doing the finishing touches for her friend. Morning came, and the wedding preparations proper began. Vivian is so lucky to have a friend like Dora, who is not only a lecturer, but also a makeup artiste. She made her friend glow on her big day, her wedding dress was super, and she looked as elegant as a queen. “Vivvy, I’m sure your hubby will barely recognize you, you really deserve to glow on this day, you’ve been a special friend to me.” “How would I have coped with the heartbreak caused me by my love if I didn’t have you around”, Dora said with her left hand off Vivian’s hair and on her chest; I do love Francis even with the heartbreak”, she shook her head. Because Dora needed to be behind the scene in order to take care of things for her friend, before and during the reception, she didn’t become Vivian’s chief bride’s maid.
As early as 8am, Vivian with her bridal train left the hotel for the church, the mass was scheduled for 9. Vivian’s relations and other invitees came in minutes after Vivian. The bridegroom also came in with his entourage just after Vivian’s arrival with her girls. The Mass began at exactly 9. The presiding priest gave the couples viable words of adice in a sermon-like form, after which the couples came forward, beginning with the couple who came in first, followed by Vivian and Francis, and then, the third couple, in readiness to exchange marital vows. Minutes after which it was Vivian and Francis’ turn, Dora came in, she made it late to church because she supervised the deco done by the decorating team at their hotel event centre. Rushing into the church building, she saw she wasn’t totally late as she wanted to withness her dear friend’s exchange of marital vow with her prince charming.
I, Francis Ezesinachi take you Vivian Uzodimma…The names rang bell in Dora’s ears, and she proceeded further to the second seat where she could see the couple clearly. She took a steady look at the groom, with her eyes fixed in his, and her body shaking uncontrollably. She wiped her eyes several times to be sure she wasn’t asleep. Her mouth was wide open. She tried screaming but made no sound; no one noticed her drama. She couldn’t believe the sight, so she drew closer to one of the invitees who was fanning himself with the invitation card, and asked to take a short look at it. It read exactly the same name she heard with the same infornation she knows about Francis and Dora. “So Francis cancelled…ourrr…to wed Dora?” “That’s not true! It’s a dream! Gosh! I’m not seeing this halpening for real…broke into tears…it’s just in my head, it’s not real…it’s not real…screamed…it’s not real…At this point, she had atrracted the attention of her husband who was formerly lying beside her. He had joined her on the couch a long time ago, when he noticed she had being quiet for long. He even buttoned down her loose gown and kissed her belly without her notice, and having waited for her for so long to make lunch, he went to the kitchen to help himself with it. It was her shout that distracted him and made him leave the table where he was studying, to join her again on the couch.
Baby, you’ve slept for almost a day, and you seem to have fever. What was the screaming about? His wife looking helpless and miserable, said “It’s a dream baby”, a terrible one”. Her loving husband laughed and told her jokingky “baby, it seems this baby in here (pointing at her belly) is dealing with someone”. “I love you, my angel”.