By the time Alewa calmed down enough to notice what was happening around her, they were on the move. King was driving and she didn’t know where they were or where they were headed to. It was so dark out; she couldn’t see anything beyond the car window.
“King.” She called tentatively
He looked back immediately and regarded her. “How are you feeling?” he smiled
“Much better. Where are we going?”
“Just relax. I’ll explain everything when we get there. We are not so far now.”
Alewa relaxed and closed her eyes. Her eyes were so sore from crying and she had a pounding headache, but at the same time she felt light, as if some weight had been lifted off her. She felt almost clean.
Few minutes later, King pulled over on a side street. He parked the car and switched off the engine. Then he turned back to her and started talking.
“Alewa, I’m so sorry for what you’ve been through in your young life. Nobody should go through that, and I know sorry cannot begin to heal the pain and hurts in your heart but that is all I have to offer. I’m deeply sorry and I hope I can be a friend to you, loving you and helping you through it all.”
“Thank you.” She said quietly, grateful for his support
“I have a friend who went through a similar experience as yours and this is who I brought you to meet. I believe she can help you through this, offer some support and aid when you need it, and just be one more shoulder to rely on.
She lives in this neighborhood, and I’ll like you to meet her tonight. Maybe, you both can begin the healing process.”
Alewa was curious about this friend of his. She nodded. “Okay.”
King got out of the front seat and came around to help her out too. He held her hand and led her to an apartment building at the corner. The street was deserted but Alewa could see a few stragglers walking around. She held on tightly as King led the way.
Shortly, they came to the door of what looked like a two bedroom flat. King knocked cautiously and Alewa heard shuffling inside and then a woman’s melodious voice.
“Who is there?” she asked
“It’s me, King.” He replied
“Oh!” she unlocked the door and opened it. Alewa could tell she was excited to see him.
“Hiiii.” She gave him a hug
King hugged her without letting go of Alewa’s hand. He quickly stepped back so the lady could see he was not alone. Alewa could tell she was surprised to see her beside King, and holding hands. Alewa saw her mouth tighten slightly when she saw their hands tightly clasped. Alewa tried to remove her hand from King’s, concerned she was infringing on another woman’s territory but King wouldn’t let go. She relaxed slightly and went with the flow.
“Hello Georgina.” King said. “May we come in?”
“Of course.” Georgina smiled
She stepped back and motioned them in. King went ahead of Alewa, dragging her along. The room they stepped into was tastefully furnished and quite spacious. Alewa fell in love with the ambience immediately.
King led her to a settee on the far side of the room and sat down beside her. Georgina also sat on a single chair opposite them. She looked at them expectantly, waiting for them to state the reason for their visit.
Georgina is a very pretty woman. Very fair in complexion and tall. Almost as tall as King, Alewa observed. She smiled at King and Alewa could detect a bit of emotion behind the smile. This woman felt a lot more for King than mere friendship.
“I’m sorry for barging in on you like this, dear.” King began. “And with a total stranger too but I assure you I have very good reasons for doing so.”
“You don’t need to apologize King. You’re always welcome in my home.”
He smiled. “Thank you. This is Alewa Mathews. She’s a very good friend of mine.”
Georgina looked at her and smiled. “Welcome Alewa, I’m pleased to meet you.”
“Same here.” Alewa replied
“And this is Georgina Makinde, a good friend of mine also.” King said to Alewa.
They smiled at one another.
“Can I talk with you for a few minutes?” king asked
He turned to Alewa. ‘I’ll be back in a few.” He told her
She nodded and it was only then he let go of her hand. They stepped outside and closed the door behind them.
Alewa took the opportunity to check her surroundings. She stood up and walked around the room admiring the paintings and pictures on the wall. She moved to the mantle, saw some books arranged neatly to one side and a display of photographs on the other side. She perused the titles of the books and saw some she had read, and some she had never heard of.
She moved on to properly observe the photographs. She saw one of Georgina, in a lawyer wig smiling at the camera, she saw another one of her with an older woman, obviously her mother, and the last one was of her and King, arms around each other, laughing at a private joke.
A photograph of King, in an honorary position, right on her mantle. Yep, there was definitely more than friendship between these two. She didn’t know the feeling that coursed through her looking at the picture, but she knew it wasn’t happiness.
Just then, the door opened and they both walked in. Alewa smiled and went back to her seat.