“It’s okay, I understand” brother Kehinde responded almost immediately and there was silence at the other end.
“Have you closed from school?” He asked, “I came around your school to work on my car and I thought I should give my church sister a lift so she won’t have to fight with the conductor” he said teasingly, laughing over the phone and Sade gave a faint smile.
“Thank you my brother, i just closed from school but I won’t be going home immediately” she replied carefully . “I want to go to the mountain from here. Maybe some other time sir” she said.
“Which of the mountains, if you’re going to the Aladura mountain, you can join me because that’s the direction to my house” he explained and Sade gave a surprise exclamation.
“Ah! Ah! You know the Aladura mountain?” She asked with her mouth widely open.
“Yes I do, who doesn’t know Aladura mountain? That’s where I spend my weekend with the Lord.” He replied and it impressed her. She like working with like minded people, people who are lost in their quest for more of God. She had wanted to turn down his offer even though it was the said mountain she was going, but for the fact that his Christian life impressed her she would accept his offer for a lift.
“Alright, am walking towards the school exit gate. Where in particular are you?” She asked, and hastened her steps.
” I’m outside the school gate, you will see me once you come out of the gate ” he replied and just then, Sade came out and sighted him standing in front of a Toyota Corolla car waving and smiling at her. She returned the smile and walked up to meet him. They exchanged greetings and he opened the front car door for her to enter before went the other way to enter the driver’s seat.
“You won’t believe I’ve been at the mechanics’ works shop since that morning you saw me. They assured me that my car would be ready this morning only for me to arrive there and found out that it has not even been touched” he said shaking his head sadly.
“I had to stay back and watch them work on it. Since morning,it now that they just finished working it after several discouraging attitudes they have been displaying since morning.” He narrated with with a tensed up face.
“It’s a pity sir. These handwork people are like that everywhere, their tomorrow means next week. Thank God they finished it up today.” She said looking at the roadside hawkers through the glass window as he drove the car at a moderate speed limit and brother Kehinde took that opportunity to have a good look at her and he smiled satisfactorily before looking away.
“What if you come and worship in my parish this Sunday?” He asked, concentrating on the highway.
“Me ke, no oo” Sade replied disagreeably,
“Am very committed in my parish so much that if I miss church service in a year, everybody will notice it” she said laughing.
“My pastor won’t even permit me to miss a Sunday service for any reason…” She continued,
“Hmmm.. Are you the Pastor’s wife?” He queried trying to feign seriousness and she bursted into laughter.
” No, am not. I’m just a committed worker” she explained and he twisted his mouth in such a funny way that got the both of them laughing.
“You should worship with us rather, I promise you, you will enjoy our parish Sunday service. You may even decide to divert to ours” she tried to convince him.
“Well, because of you, I will give it a thought and possibly a try. But on one condition o” he said whining his eyes playfully.
“And what’s the condition?” She asked and observed that brother Kehinde was not driving through the route she was familiar with.
“Wait, this is not the road na. You have to go straight a bit and then turn to the right hand side” she quickly spoke up demonstrating with her hands as she him direction.
“There are many short cuts to the Aladura mountain but this is the shortest and it’s a bit motorable. That place you are directing me to is the longest route.” He explained and drove on.
“Back to our previous business” he said smiling like a spoilt child.
“Are you ready to meet my conditions?” He asked looking at her as she looked through the window fearfully, trying to observe the thick forests on the both sides of the road.
“What’s the condition?” She asked absent mindedly without looking at him and there was silence…
Hmmm… Is Sade safe with brother Kehinde?
To be continued