My father died the day after Tega proposed to me. I noticed the house was still when I woke up that morning, I went to my parents’ room and I saw my mom lying on the floor weeping. My father was still in bed. He seemed asleep until I touched his body and it was lifeless. I dragged my mother from the floor and tried consoling her.
I went to the kitchen to prepare breakfast as if nothing had happened. I even made for my father. I placed the food on the dining table as was the norm in my house. I went to my parents’ room to call them.
“Mommy, I have prepared breakfast. I made for everyone!” I tried to sound cheerful. My mother looked at me like a strange object she could not identify.
“We can eat now, then daddy can take his later.”
She still did not reply, so I went to eat. I couldn’t go back to her room, so I went to my room to bathe. I was about entering my bathroom when I heard my phone ringing. It was Tinu. I had forgotten about work.
“Kamsi? Why are you not here? Are you running late?”
“My father died.” After I said it, I felt it. The tiny thread of disbelief I was holding onto snapped. He was really gone; he was not going to take the breakfast I made for him, he was not going to stand up from the bed, he was not to see me get my first salary after years of making sure I got to this stage. I felt lonely, disappointed, angry, betrayed. I started crying because all what I was feeling was choking me and I needed an outlet.
“Kamsi, Please stop crying, I’m so sorry, I didn’t know. It’s okay if you need some time off.”
“I don’t need time off.”
“I’m ordering you to take at least a week……”
“Kamsi! It’s an order, I’m your boss. I need to get back to work, I will call you later. Please don’t do anything stupid. Hope you have friends and family around?”
“Good. Take care, so sorry for your loss.”
“Hey dear. Miss Williams told me about your father. I was waiting and I called you so when you didn’t pick I had to check your office. I’m coming right now okay?”
I didn’t say yes. I went to him and kissed him real long and then I took the ring and wore it myself. I was elated and I fantasised about becoming his wife.