Read Chapter 23 here.
Del came out of the kitchen, sipping Ceres juice. Tasha walked up to her, asking for the washroom. She pointed to a door. She thanked her and left. She turned when she heard her name.
“Hi Kobby. Where’s your bride?”
“Can we talk?” He sounded serious. What was the matter?
“Sure. What is it?”
“Let’s go to a quiet place.”
“It’s a marriage ceremony. No place will be quiet. What do you want to talk about?”
Kobby looked around. He needed to be alone with her so they wouldn’t be interrupted. He took her hand pulled her into her room.
“Hey!” He closed the door.
“What has gotten into you?” He clasped his hands together as if in prayer.
“I need you to tell me the truth, Del. Please don’t lie to me.”
“I need you to promise me.”
“You just have to take my word for it, Kobby. I’m making no promises to you.” She sipped her juice.
“That incident you had with Seth, about trying to lure him to bed…” He let the sentence hang as he watched her reaction. She seemed unmoved by the question.
“Was it really you?”
“Why are you asking about this on a day like this? I told you I didn’t…”
“If you didn’t, then who did?”
“Why is my past relationship any part of your business, Kobby?”
“Was it Daphne?” That made her freeze. Where did he get that idea from?
“If it wasn’t you, was it Daphne?”
“Is this your version of cold feet because it is very disturbing. Why would such a thought even cross your mind?”
“I remember what you said that day when I asked you about it. Your exact words were, ‘You seem to forget I’m a twin.’” She blinked, trying to remember. Did she really say that?
“I don’t remember making any such comment.”
“Well, I do. I do remember every conversation we’ve ever had, Del. Tell me the truth.”
“Del?” The door opened and Daphne’s head stuck in. Her eyes met her sister’s. Daphne entered and closed the door.
“Kobby…” He turned to face her.
“Were you hoping to catch her first so she would collaborate your story?”
“Kobby, Seth is lying.”
“Seth told you this?” Delphine asked, her voice rising with anger. How dare he meddle in her affairs?
Kobby turned to face Delphine again.
“Tell me the truth, Del. Was it you or Daphne?”
“It wasn’t Daphne.”
“Are you trying to protect her? You know she likes to play games. Remember how she tricked us to have a date together? What makes this any different?” Kobby pressed.
“If you have such thoughts about her, why are you marrying her?” Del asked back.
“You don’t trust me, do you?” Daphne asked. Kobby didn’t respond.
“I know you are a good person, Del. Very honest. Tell me the truth.” Delphine sighed and stared at her sister who was staring back with anxious, pleading eyes.
“I did it. It was me,” Del said.
“It was me. I had drunk a little more than I should have and lost control. After Seth rejected me, I felt ashamed so I decided to call back later and pretend it wasn’t me. It was stupid, I know and now we are over. Case closed.”
“You are lying,” Kobby said.
“You are saying this because you want to protect your sister.”
“Shouldn’t you be relieved that your wife isn’t the woman Seth is perpetuating her to be? I may be a good person, Kobby but I’m not perfect. I’m sorry to you both that Seth decided to ruin this special day because of what I did.”
“That’s okay. I’m just glad that we could clear this up and move up with our lives. He’s obviously still not over you,” Daphne said.
Kobby continued to stare at Delphine. Delphine stared back. He wasn’t going to bully her into a confession.
“When you are both ready to tell me the truth, come and find me,” he said and walked out.
“Kobby!” The door slammed shut.
“I can’t believe this! I should have let you drive him out when I first saw him,” Daphne said.
“Don’t worry, we just need to convince him that Seth is just making stuff up.”
“What if we fail? The wedding is tomorrow. What if…?” Delphine hugged her.
“Don’t. It won’t happen. You are getting wedded tomorrow,” she assured her, rubbing her back.
Del stepped out of the house looking for Kobby. She turned at the sound of ‘hey.’
“What the hell are you doing here?!” Delphine shouted.
“Ah, your twin sister told you, huh? By the way, how come I never knew you had a double?”
“Because it was none of your damn business. I need you to leave before you cause any more damage.”
“Damage? Your sister impersonated you to seduce me and you find nothing wrong with that? Oh I forgot, it seems to be your thing, isn’t it? Tell me, did you ever pose as your sister to meet Kobby? I’m sure you did. Were you doing that when we were seeing each other? Will you two keep swapping places on his bed after he weds your sister?”
“Get out before I slap the hell out of you. You have no right to ask me any questions and I owe you no answers. Just so you are clear, you are not invited to the wedding.”
“Oh there’s still a wedding coming on?” Seth asked teasingly. He knew he was irritating Del but he loved pulling her legs.
“I’ll definitely send you the photos just to spite you. Now leave before I do something regrettable.”
“Fine, I’ll leave. I’d like to say sorry for what I said to Kobby. I could have handled it better. I was too filled with rage knowing what your sister did.”
“My sister did nothing. We are over so I owe you no further explanation. Just leave,” Del said and walked away. He shook his head as he watched her go.
Tasha entered Daphne’s room to find her crying.
“Daph? Are you crying? What’s wrong? Today is supposed to be your happy day. What’s going on?”
Daphne wiped her face with her now makeup-stained handkerchief.
“Oh no, you are not! Where’s Del?” She asked as she sat on the bed beside her. Daphne gestured to say she didn’t know.
“Tell me what’s going on, girlfriend. You know I hate seeing you like this.”
“I may not get married tomorrow.”
“What do you mean? Is it Del? Does he like Del instead? I knew it! She…”
“It’s not Del!” The door opened and Doreen entered.
“Panyin, are you alright? Where is Kobby?” Daphne shook her head.
“Where is Kakra?”
“I don’t know, mum.”
“I’ll be back.”
“Mum, wait!” The door closed shut. Oh no, she would think something different if she saw them together. The time will come for them to set the record straight.
Kobby was driving when he heard his phone ring. He glanced at the screen. Del. At first, he thought not to pick it but after another moment, he answered it on loudspeaker.
“Where are you?”
“Out and about. What’s up?”
“You just had your traditional marriage. You can’t be out and about.”
“Is there something you want to tell me?”
“Can we talk, please?”
“Okay. Let’s meet at the shell station near your house. I’ll pick you up.”
“Sure. See you.” The line dropped. Kobby sighed. He never knew falling in love with a twin could be so stressful. Especially when he wasn’t sure if he married the right one. Time will tell.
Delphine arrived at the shell station and started looking around. She turned when she heard a car honk. She walked towards it and opened the door. She sat inside. Kobby took off. There was silence for a while, Kobby waiting for her to speak.
“What are you thinking?” Delphine asked.
“Did you know about it before it happened?”
“Know about what before what happened?”
“Did you know Daphne was going to meet Seth as you and try to sleep with him?”
“Of course not. Would it change anything if I did?”
“So Daphne did impersonate you.”
“That is not what I’m saying. Why are you basing your decision about your union with Daphne on what I did?”
“Because we both know you didn’t. Why you’re still covering up for her beats me.”
“I’m not. Seth is just an angry person. Don’t let him drag you into his misery.”
“How did you meet Seth?”
“What?” He looked at her, searching her face. He found the answer and looked back on the road.
“You don’t know, do you? Because you didn’t meet him first.”
“Where are you drawing your conclusions from? What has that got to do with anything? My concern is that you and my sister get married tomorrow. Unless you were already having second thoughts and you are jumping on this issue because of your own uncertainty.”
“Why would you think I’m having second thoughts? You don’t think I love your sister?”
“Then why are we wasting time and fuel driving around? Your new wife is waiting for you.”
“I think I love someone else more.”
“Who?” She asked in a raised voice. He only stared at her. Maybe she shouldn’t have asked.
“Then why are you getting married?”
“It’s the only way I can stay close to her. I lose Daphne, I lose her.” There was silence.
“But this revelation makes me wonder if I can trust her; Daphne I mean. If she could do this…has it happened before? Has she ever attempted to steal your guy in a way?”
“I’m not discussing any of that with you. Daphne has her crazy side but her heart is in the right place. I’m sure you’ve noticed that. And she loves you…more than this other lady you may have in mind.” He looked at her and smiled.
“How can you tell?” She shrugged.
“I’m just saying don’t throw away a good sure thing for a seemingly better yet non-existent thing.”
They stared at each other. Delphine prayed that her face wouldn’t give her away. Her phone rang and she broke eye contact with Kobby to look at her phone. It was her mum. She answered the call.
“Where are you?”
“Um…I stepped out. I’ll be home soon.”
“Are you with…?” The line dropped. Oops.
“Is everything okay?”
“I hope so. The line dropped. My mum might think I ended the call when she was about to ask of you.”
“Why would you do that?”
“She’s not comfortable with us hanging out.”
“Why? I’m practically family now.”
“Well, she suspects there’s more to our relationship.” He gaped at her in shock.
“I told her there wasn’t so don’t worry about it.” He pulled over in front of the Coleman’s residence.
“So we’re good? You’ll standing at the altar tomorrow?”
“Please don’t stand us up.”
“You know what I mean.”
“We’ll see,” he said with a sigh.
“You don’t seem excited about this.”
“After such a bombshell, can you blame me?”
“And I’m telling you it’s not true!”
“If you say so.” Delphine opened the door and got out of the car. She entered the compound as Kobby got out of the car.
Doreen saw Delphine approaching.
“Kakra…” She looked up. Doreen saw Kobby follow into the house. Her eyes narrowed.
“Where are you two coming from?”
“How could you take him away from his wife minutes after the rites?”
“I didn’t, mum. We just talked.”
“Talked? About what? Do you know your sister has been crying and you were out talking with her husband?” Kobby had walked up to them.
“I went to drop some friends off, mum,” Kobby explained. Doreen gave him a stern look.
“Go inside,” she instructed Del. She obeyed with no hesitation.
“Listen to me young man, I know you are fond of the sisters and their similar looks might confuse your feelings a bit. You are only entitled to be with one of them and that’s it. Delphine can never be Daphne although she looks just like her. Do you understand?”
© Josephine Amoako 2017
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