I dumped my bag and keys on the couch
and went into the kitchen and get myself a
chilled bottle water, I deliberately didn’t ask
him if he cares for water or anything. I
went back into the sitting room.
He was still busy scanning the room.
“Nice apartment” He commended.
“All thanks to your money” I scoffed.
“I like your family picture” he said referring
to the picture hung on the wall. I just
muttered an inaudible ‘thank you’
“Anike…What can I do to make things right
“How many times will I tell you that there is
no ‘us’. We are no longer an item” I stated.
“Anike please…he wanted to prostrate, but
I held him back.
“Prince stop all this, your subordinates are
around and you are doing all this. You use
to forget that you are old enough to be my
“Let me prostrate, I don’t care who’s
watching as long as you come back to me,
please let’s moved pass this, I want things
back the way they are before”
“Prince you accused me of sleeping with
your friends and even your PA”
“Anike forgot everything I said, just come
back to me”
“I’ll think about it”
“My princess, I can’t live without you, you
are my world. He knelt down in front of
“Prince I don’t like all this, you know we are
Although the officers are backing us. I felt
pity for him, this is someone’s father for
crying out loud.
“It’s OK, stand up first” My eyes were
already filled with tears and it started
“Anike please don’t cry, I will never hurt
you again” he wiped my tears.
“I love you Anike”
“I love you too”
And that was the truth, I’m in love with a
man old enough to be my father. And he
loves me to a fault too. And I wondered
where this relationship will leads us.
I pulled him up and he kissed me
passionately, like that would be his last kiss
on earth. I kissed him back.
I remembered we are not alone and it’s
time for us to get a room. I led him into my
room and we made love.
I stood up to wash up while he scanned my
room and saw his picture frame on my
“And someone is pretending like she
doesn’t miss me” he said pointing at the
“The picture has always been there” I said
Though He has my pictures in his bedroom
too, even in his office. He has my pictures
and that of the kids on his table.
“You need to leave now, its getting late and
your men are waiting outside” I pointed out
“I’m sleeping over”
“Do you expect them to stand there all
through the night?”
He left the room and I followed him. He
told them to go and lodge in a hotel. One of
them volunteered to stay behind. I guessed
for security reasons.
The others left. I made dinner for the three
of us. I told the officer to sleep in the spare
room but he said he prefers the sitting
We left the sitting room for my room. And
we got talking.
“Why didn’t you tell me about Mark”
“How many people do you want me to
report” I countered.
“Meaning, he’s not the only one!”
“I’ll call him back tomorrow”
We had s-x again and slept. Early in the
morning, they set out straight to the airport.
PA had already resumed work. He has been
trying to talk Prince into getting his own
private jet. The reason he didn’t get one
before now is because the Navy’s private
jets are all at his disposal. So he thought it
unnecessary to get a personal one.
After so much persuasion from his PA, he
decided to buy one.
He got the private jet a week to my
birthday. Prince asked if I need anything. I
told him I’m OK with anything he gives me
for birthday. Unknown to me, he had
already made plans. He just told me well
be travelling for my birthday.
On the D-day. I wore a Vera Wang Vintage
style sleeveless Mesh Wine dress, with a
Prada peep toe heels and bag. We got to
the airport and I was surprised at what I
saw when I stepped into the private jet.
I saw a live band, A celebrity photographer,
My two closest naval officers friends, the
two Chefs from the house and his PA. My
cake was beautiful with my name inscribed
Then the jet took off. We are on air
throughout for the birthday party, we are
not traveling anywhere. He just wanted me
to celebrate it on air.
PA was the MC, After brief introduction of
the celebrant. Prince was asked to talk
about me and for the next 20min, he was
gushing about me. Others too said one or
The live band started playing and food was
The Pilot was told to turn back when we
He took me inside one of the inner cabin,
where I relaxed on his chest.
“Do you mind having s-x on plane?” he
“Wow! That will be great. Have you had s-x
on the plane before?” I asked.
“Yes, I have”
“With who?” I asked pouting.
“Are you jealous?” You need to see your
“I’m not jealous, I’m sure is more than one
“You use to forget I was once married.
Anyway real men don’t kiss and tell”
“You brilliantly ignore the question, right”
He smiled. “So let’s set a record” I said and
minutes later we were both panting, after
I try to dress up but my gown was a bit
“Prince, my dress is rough, this fabric gets
squeezed easily” I said
“Here” he handed me a bag”
“What! you brought an extra dress? So you
“Plan what” he said helping me into the
“S-x on the plane”
“Let’s just say it’s part of your birthday
gifts” He kissed me and we left the cabin to
join the others.
Some minutes later, the plane landed.
That Man knows how to make a lady feel on
top of the world, that’s exactly the way I
felt on my birthday.…………….
My sister, Adekemi came visiting the following week, she was through with all her exams.
She’s just at home doing nothing although shes waiting for the Navy recruitment list. So she decided to come spend time with me. Since she had the ambition of been in the force. I made sure she applied during the last Nigerian Navy recruitment Exercise few months ago. I told Prince about it and told me there’s no problem that he’ll make sure she’s admitted.
Prince called during the week, he wants me to come to Abuja. I told him my sister is around and I can’t leave her in the house alone. My mummy too will start questioning me that where did I go that my sister can’t go with him.
I promise him I’ll come the following week since she’s just spending 2weeks. She has spent one week already.
Days later, I came back from school, I rang the door bell and I was welcomed by my crying sister, her face all wet with tears.
“Adekemi! Why are you crying?” I said holding her with my left hand and locking the door with my right.
“Sister mi…..the navy recruitment list is out and my name was not shortlisted” she said still shedding tears.
That was all I said, I was wondering what went wrong because I already informed Prince and he gave me his words.
“Come” I said and hugged her.
“Sister mi! I thought you said you know someone in the Navy who would help” Adekemi inquired.
Sincerely Adekemi knew nothing about Admiral. How can I allow my sister find out about Prince and I. As the first child of the family, I’m suppose to set good examples and not the other way round. All she knew was that my room mate’s Uncle helped us.
“Adekemi I’ll fix this, I promise. Now go wash your face” She left the sitting room.
I brought out my phone from my handbag and called Prince
“Hello….. “Hello My Princess”
“Prince the list is out and my sister’s name is not on the list”
“Did she put my name as her referee?”
“Yes she did”
“I’ll call the directors, I wonder how they do things over there this days”
“Prince you should have made those calls earlier, you know I told you to do so, but you said there’s no problem”
“Anike calm down, I’ll sort it out”
“But there’s no other list, that’s just the list for this year, they already put her name on the waiting list” I explained.
“Anike relax you’ve never asked anything from me before, this is the only favor you ever opened your mouth to ask me and I promise you, I’ll try everything in my power to get her into the academy” He said assuredly.
“You know what I’m coming over, you’ll make all those calls in my presence”
“I thought you said….”
“Change of plans, see you soon” I said.
“Ok, later” he said and disconnected.
“Adekemi!” I called out
“I’m going to Abuja now. I need to act fast if there’s anything that can be done concerning the recruitment”
“Abuja! You know someone in Abuja that could help?”
“Yes, Happy’s Uncle”
“Oh, the one I used as my referee?
“Sister mi, I can’t stay in this house alone o, I’m going with you”
“Oh ooo, are you a baby? Don’t you have a room to your self at home”
“That’s a room nau”
“Geez! OK let’s go”
“When are we coming back?”
“What about your lectures tomorrow?”
“Oh ooo, I don’t have lectures on Friday Jo…”
“Sorry, I forgot today is Thursday. Let me go pack few things then”
“My friend just change your clothes and let’s go”
I was already in the car waiting for Adekemi while she’s locking the doors. I called Prince back and informed him I’m coming with my sister and he said no problem. I had to inform him because that was my first time of taking someone along with me to Abuja.
She joined me in the car and I drove straight to the airport. I parked and registered my car and paid for parking space since I won’t be coming back until Sunday.
We got to Abuja and the driver is already waiting to pick us. I saw the way my sister looked at me, when the driver bowed and open the door for us.
We arrived at my Second home, like Prince use to call it. All the staffs bowed and greeted me warmly. My sister still carried that look.
“Sister mi! Where is this place. This house is beautiful…who owns this house?” she asked but I ignored her questions.
“I usher her into the sitting room”
“Sit down first, you talk too much and stop this questions”
One of the kitchen staff was already standing in front of us asking for what to offer us.
He came back with juice, water and glass cups.
“This is Admiral Gabriel Alawode’s house” I informed Adekemi just to satisfy her curiosity a bit.
“Admiral! I’m in the Navy already, no wonder you are so confident about my recruitment into the navy”
“Prince joined us shortly and I introduced them, my sister knelt down to greet him” and he welcomed her by embracing her.
“See resemblance….is your sister running away” he said playfully.
We all smiled, though we get that a lot from people, we look so much alike.
One of the maid came in with a comfy slippers and place it at my feet.
“I brought you your slippers ma so you could change to something more comfortable” she said, smiling at me.
I was like gosh! Did I ask her? I searched my sister’s face and she gave me those questioning look again.
“Thank you” I said coldly. On a normal day, I would have said the thank you with a smile but not today, she didn’t have to do that in the presence of my younger sister. I don’t know how I’ll explain myself to Adekemi, cos I don’t like the look I was getting from her.
Trust my Prince he already sensed by uneasiness, so he discharge the maid immediately.
“Prince how far, any solution?”
“I’ve called all the directors at the academy, they told me they are still having a meeting. The meeting will determine if they will paste another list or not. They should be through in another two hours”
The two hours he mentioned was like twenty two hours. Adekemi too was tensed but we had to wait for the outcome of the meeting.
The guest room had been prepared so I led her to the room we’ll be staying for the weekend.
Some minutes later we came back to the sitting room. Prince was still there by the time we came back. Dinner was announced and we all went to the dinning room to eat. My sister was surprised when she saw the table, the same way I was the very first day I ate on that table.
After dinner, we went back to the sitting room and a call came through on Prince phone, it was from one of the directors. He picked the call placing it on speaker for us to hear.
“Hello sir” the voice said
“Hello, I’m listening” he said.
“Sir! The outcome of the meeting is not positive sir. The names that was pasted online initially was all they could recruit for this year sir, but the rest will be on the waiting list. Your candidate’s name is number one on the waiting list sir” he informed.
“I can’t believe this!”
“Sir things are not done here like before sir, you should have followed it up personally. No one checks the referee’s name again this days”
“We have one option left sir”
“What option?” Prince asked.
“If you can call the former head of state, his special list is going to be out tomorrow with just two candidate. If you can talk to him, he can add your candidate’s name to it” he pointed out.
Prince sighed. “Thank you very much, I’m grateful”
“You are welcome sir” he said then the line went off.
To be continued…
By Toyin Tiawo