Believe - Episode 19
After Funmi left Ayo and Anu, she walked up to Oreoluwa. She didn’t actually want to speak with him but said so, so she could leave Ayo and her friend to talk. But here she was behind Oreoluwa and unable to say anything.
“I guess she is from your school.” Damilola pointed behind Oreoluwa.
Oreoluwa looked behind and found a depressed Funmi. “Yes she is.”
“I guess I would leave you two to talk then.” Damilola left them, there by cutting their conversation short.
“What is wrong with you?” Oreoluwa demanded from Funmi.
“I’m fine,” she said . A tear dropped as she blinked her eye.
“You are not,” he countered. “Come, let’s have a seat.” He dragged her to a chair and forced her to seat. “Now, talk to me.” He squatted in front of her.
“I’m a bad person, Ore. I’m bad.” The tears now flowed freely on her cheeks.
“You are not a bad person, Funmi. You are good. You’ve always been good.”
“No, I’m not!” She buried her face in her palms.
“Look up and listen to me. You are good.” Oreoluwa said, not giving up on Funmi
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. “You’ve helped me countless times than I could remember in my academic works. You improved my mathematics skill. You helped Ayo become a better mathematician. You also helped…”
“I didn’t do it from the bottom of my heart.”
Oreoluwa was shocked “What do you mean? You didn’t help me from…”
“No, not you.” Funmi looked up. “I didn’t help Ayo from the bottom of my heart,” she screamed. “I had bad intentions towards her though my actions were good.”
Oreoluwa moved back a little. “What does that even mean?” He could see Ayo walking towards them from the corner of his eyes. He was sure she heard what Funmi had said about her, so he hurriedly stood up to stop Ayo from doing anything rash.
“Funmi,” Ayo called before she got to where Funmi was. “Why are you crying?”
Oreoluwa stopped in his tracks. ‘Maybe she didn’t hear her,’ he scratched his head and moved closer to Funmi. ‘Don’t tell her what you just told me,’ he whispered in her ears.
From the way she looked at him after, he was sure she didn’t hear his warning but it was too late for him to repeat what he said, as Ayo had already gotten to her.
“Why are you crying, Funmi?” Ayo sat beside her and placed a hand around her. Funmi replied with more tears and buried her head on Ayo’s shoulder. Ayo patted her back. “I heard you mention my name. Hope there’s no problem.”
Funmi didn’t respond. She cried more instead.
“What’s wrong with her?” Ayo asked Oreoluwa who was standing. He seemed bothered. “And even you?”
“Nothing. I guess she’s happy that one of us qualified.”
Funmi sat up and wiped her tears but didn’t stop more tears from flowing. She looked at Ayo and said slowly, “I’m not your friend, Ayo. I’m not.” She sniffed. “I don’t deserve your friendship.”
“Where is this coming from?” Ayo scuffed. “Who…”
“I’ve not been faithful to you.”
“Funmi, stop all this you are saying.” She looked up at Oreoluwa. “You are scaring me.”
“I…” She began to stammer.
Oreoluwa took a look at Funmi and felt what she was going through at that moment. She must really feel guilty and ashamed of what she had done or might do to Ayo but she couldn’t find the right words to tell her. He could tell she really wanted to but didn’t have the courage to do so.
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. He decided to help her begin.
“She told me all she had done for you wasn’t from her heart,” Oreoluwa told Ayo.
Ayo was shocked. She blinked her eyes as she couldn’t believe what she was hearing. “I’m sorry but what…”
“She said she had bad intentions towards you and…”
“Ayo, please forgive meeee.” Fresh tears flowed down her cheeks.
“So, what Ore is saying is true?”
“Yessss.” She sniffed again.
Ayo sighed and Oreoluwa expected the worse to happen.
“Have you carried out those intentions of yours? Because you’ve nothing to demand my forgiveness.”
Funmi looked at Ayo to be sure she heard her well.
“Have you carried them out?!!!” Ayo screamed. Luckily there was no other person in the room aside the three of them. Else, they would have gathered around them.
Funmi shook her head.
“Good,” Ayo said. “Now, tell me those intentions.”
“It… be… began,” she stammered. “It began when I… I…”
“Wait,” Ayo stopped her. “Ore, you can go. It’s not as if I’m going to strangle her.”
Oreoluwa smiled. “Okay. I’m trusting you.” On his way to the door, he looked back more than 4 times and eventually left the room.
“Now, start from the beginning,” she instructed Funmi.
Funmi obeyed as a pupil would do to her teacher.
If you were in Ayo's shoes what would you have done? Would you have given Funmi a chance to explain herself.
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