“Oh, but she can’t do that!” Maa Abena cried. “Kofi is going to be so devastated! I have to speak to her. Can you direct me to the office?”
“I’m sending you the Google Maps location via WhatsApp,” Ato said. “I’ll wait for you at the entrance.”
“Alright, thank you so much, Ato.”
She cut the call and waited.
Less than a minute later Ato sent the location, and she hailed down a taxi and hopped in.
It took almost an hour to get to the offices of the renamed ODAMTEN & BADU ESTATES.
Ato, in a sleek black suit, white shirt and polka-dotted tie, was waiting for her at the plush reception. He hugged her briefly, and stayed a mite longer than usual just holding her, revelling in her classic beauty.
“Wow, you’re even more beautiful close up, my Gem,” he whispered, aware that people in the reception were looking at them intently. “But come on, dearest. I’ll take you up to the Executive Lounge where you’ll find Akweley.”
They exchanged light conversation as they rode the elevator to the topmost floor, and then walked along the most beautiful corridor she had ever seen into a glass-walled lounge with a breath-taking view of the city spread out beyond.
Maa Abena walked to the window and stood gazing out, enjoying the picturesque view.
“I’ll go get Akweley then, my gem,” Ato said with a smile. “And I hope afterwards we’ll go out to lunch.”
She turned and smiled at him.
“Took some heavy banku in the morning, Ato,” she said gently. “Still not feeling hungry yet.”
“Then maybe you’ll keep me company as I take my lunch?” he asked hopefully.
“Well, okay, that’ll be nice,” she said at last.
He smiled happily and walked out.
There was no one else in the lounge, and so she walked around, admiring the incredible furniture and the beautiful arrangement of the room.
Some minutes later the door opened, and she turned round.
Ato had returned with Akweley.
She was wearing an excellently-tailored cream skirt suit and a white shirt opened at the neck and displaying a very expensive-looking gold chain. Her strap shoes were cream and of impeccable quality.
Even then, as beautiful as she looked, she saw at a glance that the other girl standing near the window with a curious look on her face was a far more beautiful girl. Even in her black jeans and red T-shirt there was an inner glow about her that reflected on her clean, beautiful features.
Akweley walked forward with a slight frown on her face.
“Maa Abena Nyantie, I presume?” she asked, extending her hand. “We spoke on the phone. You said you had something urgent to tell me about a proposed business for my Dad?”
Maa Abena shook Akweley’s hand and smiled guiltily.
“Forgive me, please, madam,” Maa Abena said. “Actually, I lied. I didn’t want you to turn me away. Yes, I’m Abena, and I’m a nurse at the Adada Asylum where Kofi Kuntu is being kept.”
She saw the furious look on Akweley’s face immediately, and she was dismayed. Without warning Akweley’s right hand flew out, and she slapped Maa Abena across the face rather cruelly.
“How dared you, idiot!” Akweley hissed with uncontrollable wrath. “You’ll meet me under such deception? I’ll have the security throw you out of here, you idiot!”
Maa Abena clutched her cheek, but she did not look afraid. Her eyes blazed with sudden anger at Akweley.
Ato moved toward Akweley with an angry grunt, but Maa Abena held out her hand to him, halting him.
“Throw me out of here?” Maa Abena said angrily. “Go on and try! For the world of me I can’t understand why you claimed you loved Kofi when you refuse, even now, to hear anything about him!”
“Because he’s dead to me!” Akweley screamed, and raised her hand again.
“Don’t you dare!” Maa Abena hissed furiously. “I let you hit me once, because you were right, I deceived you into meeting me, but if you dare hit me again, lady, I’ll show you what a real b—h can do!”
They glared at each other, and Akweley realized slowly that indeed, this girl who looked so innocent and docile outwardly had a fire pit in her that shouldn’t be disturbed. Slowly she dropped her hand, breathing hard.
“If Kofi sent you here, go and tell him I’m moving on, okay?” she said furiously. “Tell him to forget about me, because I’m going to get married to another man! Tell him that he’s dead to me, and he should never ever try to contact me again!”
Maa Abena shook her head with wonder.
“Goodness me, but this attitude is strange!” she said with repressed fury. “Of all the attitudes I expected, this blatant self-denial wasn’t one of them. You’re capable of walking away from Kofi without bothering to know what really happened that day he was caught on top of a corpse?”
“That’s what I’ve been telling her all this while,” Ato said softly now, and the two of them became aware suddenly that he was still with them.
“Well, what he did wasn’t shrouded with invisibility that required a special Merlin to interpret, was it?” Akweley asked angrily. “He was making love to a corpse!”
“As ugly as that notion is, as shattering as it was, lady, you still owed it to him to know his side of the story, to know why he did it! You two were going to get married, for God’s sake! Instead of feeling so affronted why didn’t you just ask him why he did it? Why didn’t you allow him to explain himself even if he was speaking nonsense?”