Mr. Ejiofor: why are you shouting, do you want to bring down the roof? Just as he was scolding Ryan, Mrs Ejiofor left what she was doing to join in the father and son conversation. Evelyn who has been eavesdropping on their conversation also came to join them immediately she saw the first wife sitting down.
Mrs Ejiofor: Ryan, why are you shouting? Do you know where I heard your voice?
Ryan: Mama I am sorry just that Papa is asking for the impossible right now. Papa, do you know that Cameron and Dylan responsibilities are on me? How can you demand such an amount of money from me? It is too much oooo. ‘You for kukuma come dey work with me na so that the money go double’ he lamented.
Mrs. Ejiofor: how much is the money sef?
Ryan: Eighty thousand naira.
Mrs. Ejiofor : Haba Papa Addison, it is too much an amount na. What you do want to do with it? He is only one man shouldering too many responsibilities as it stands now. Even if …. She was interrupted by Evelyn.
Evelyn: what is too much about the money? Is he not working? Was he not the one he spent his everything to send to school? It is his responsibility to take care of his family na.
Ryan: ‘hmm. Mrs. Evelyn. Please stay out of this. This doesn’t concern you please. I know that the reason my father is asking for such an amount of money is because of you. I warned you Papa didn’t i? I warned you about adding burdens to me but you wouldn’t listen. Now you want to collect such a huge amount of money because of your second wife. I am sorry to say this but I do not have enough money to spare at the moment’. ‘When people are thinking of how to make money and ease themselves of problems you are thinking of giving my hard earn cash to her’ he pointed at Evelyn.
Mr. Ejiofor: ‘Remember she is your step mother and I will not have you disrespect her in my house’ he ordered. ‘When I borrowed money to send you to school, didn’t you know it was also difficult for me as at that time? Now that I am asking you for money you want to rub sand in my face eh Ryan’ he shouted.
Ryan: I am sorry Papa. I didn’t mean to be rude. I will send you the money once I get paid then.
Mr.Ejiofor: Good, that is what I want to hear. He stood up and left the sitting room where they were all sitting with Evelyn trailing behind him.
Mrs. Ejiofor: who has been watching the whole scenario felt for her son. She stood up and went to sit beside him. Ryan! I know that things are difficult but please take it easy on yourself okay. Everything will be alright you hear?
Ryan: Mama, the burden is really weighing me down. Papa is not even helping matters. Why can’t he look for any business for her so that she can start earning her own money? Will he keep sucking me dry to satisfy her? I am not the one married to her but it seems like I took over his responsibilities. If he was Dangote or Atiku Abubakar, I won’t object to his taking another wife because I know he has the wealth that will last him and his children a life time but in this case, he is not.
Mrs. Ejiofor: Do not mind your father, give whatever you can and plan your life too. You are now a man, you should be thinking of settling down soon.
Ryan: I will mama. But right now, is not the time for me to think towards that area. Let me sort out Dylan and Cameron first.
Mrs. Ejiofor: ‘Okay my child, take care of yourself and call me when you get to Onitsha’ she said as he stood up to go.
Ryan: Yes Mama. Take care and tell the rest that I have gone ooo.
Aria got to Ryan’s house , met his Brother Cameron sleeping on the bed. The moment Cameron came to Ryan’s house, Aria and Cameron became friends since she was introduced to him as Ryan girlfriend. Though Aria was a bit uncomfortable having Cameron stay with him at his small apartment because she likes having her privacy with Ryan when she is around but knew that it will only be for a matter of time.
Aria: ‘This one you are at home today, no outing? I thought you also work on Saturday’ she asked as soon as she stepped into the house and met Cameron on the bed pressing his phone.
Cameron: ‘No Aunt Aria. I don’t work on Saturdays’ he said as he looked up at her. Welcome.
Aria: Where is your brother?
Cameron: He stepped out few hours ago, he will soon be back.
Aria: Okay, let me call him. She brought out her phone and dialed his number. Ryan picked when he saw it was Aria calling. Hello Ryan, where are you? She waited a few minutes before saying, I am in your house waiting for you, hope you won’t take long? Okay, I will wait then. Okay, bye. She hung up the call.
Cameron: Is he coming?
Aria: Yes! He is on his way already, he won’t be long.
Aria: Have you guys eaten? She asked, sitting on the bed beside him.
Cameron: Yes we have. We ate the leftover rice of yesterday.
Aria: okay. What is the plan for school?
Cameron: We are forging ahead with it. When Jamb form is on sale, Brother Ryan will give Dylan and I money to go purchase it. If we are successful, we should be in school by next year.
Aria: Don’t worry; you guys will make it In Jesus Name. Hope you are reading ooo. You came with your books abi?
Cameron: I did, i am reading.
Aria: ‘Let me go to the kitchen and see what’s there’ she said as she stood to go to the kitchen.
Few minutes Later Ryan entered the house.
Ryan: Aria, he called out to her.
Aria: ‘oh Ryan, you are back. Where did you go to’? She asked as soon as she stepped out of the kitchen.
Ryan: I went to do some hustling na.
Aria: Take it easy on yourself ooo. This one you are hustling like there is no tomorrow. Instead of you to rest and get yourself together against Monday you are busy looking for money up and down.
Ryan: ‘I need as much money as I can get right now. I have a lot of things in my head’ he said as he sat on the rug close to the bed.
Aria: Cameron, can you please excuse us for few minutes, there is something I want to discuss with your brother.
Cameron: Alright. He stood up and left the room they were all sharing.
Ryan: It must be serious ooo. This one you boldly ask my brother to excuse us.
Aria: Yes it is. Ryan, whatever I want to discuss with you is about us.
Question: What’s Aria about asking Ryan? Should Ryan continue assisting his father’s persistence?