Aunty Meg gave a long and heavy sigh before she finally said: “He said I
should tell you that he likes you, that he will like to be your friend!”

Despite the fact that I was still feeling weak, I couldn’t help but burst
out laughing.

“Who? That man? He likes me? He’s not serious. He must be out of his
mind” I’d retorted, totally in disbelief of what I just heard.

“No, Anita, he was serious o!” Aunty Meg answered. There was a bit of
seriousness on her face that surprised me. It was almost as though she
was sympathetic towards the man. “He was really pestering me to
know your details,” she’d continued, “in fact, he was hoping I could get
you to see him in his office before you leave the clinic but I told him I
was not sure about that knowing you would be too weak to still want to
stay behind and be nice to him.”

“But what does he want? Why is he saying he likes me when he knows
damn well I detest him just as much as he detests me?” I’d fired back.
“No, Anita, don’t talk like that. The man doesn’t detest you, you guys
just got off on the wrong footing, that’s all,” Aunty Meg said.

“Wrong footing? You call that wrong footing?” I’d shot back at her.
“The man was deliberately trying to embarrass me, Aunty, didn’t you
see? In fact, why am I even bothering myself about him!”
“Well, I just think that….”

“But, Aunty Meg, I don’t understand you, I know this man is your friend
but why are you trying to get us together? Have you forgotten I’m
somebody’s wife?” I’d snarled at her, doing everything I can to keep my
voice under control.

“No, now, Anita, it’s not like that. I am not asking you to do anything
bad, the man just wants to be a friend, that’s all,” Aunty Meg said,
keeping a straight face.

“That’s all, right? Just friends, no strings attached? And you believed
him, Aunty?” I asked her.
“Look, Aunty, I’m not sure I have the energy for this discussion. So, the
man knew he was still going to chase after, yet he embarrassed me, put
me through a lot of stress and made sure he collected his money in full
before I was allowed into the surgical room. Why didn’t he ask me to
keep the money if he knew he was still going to chase after me?”
“But he did.” Aunty Meg said to me.
“He did what?” I’d thrown back, puzzled.
“He asked you to keep the money,” she replied.
“Asked me to keep the money? When? How? Were you not there when
I paid him?” I’d fired back at her, not knowing where she was going
with her conversation.

She opened her bag. “Here is your money, he asked me to give it back
to you, everything!”

I was stunned. I was at a loss for words. This was certainly the last thing
I expected from Doctor Bambi. He actually returned the same money
he was almost embarrassing me over? I couldn’t believe it.
“You mean Doctor Bambi asked you to give me back my money? The
same money he was ready to disgrace me over?” I asked Aunty Meg,
totally bewildered.

“Yes, now, he did,” she returned, an excited look on her face. “He
actually asked me to beg you to accept the money from him because he
was unsure you will take the money from me. He said it’s his own way
of saying sorry to you.”

I was staring at the money in Aunty Meg’s hands. Me, I don’t like
refusing money but I also knew if I accepted that money, there might
be no hiding place for me again from Doctor Bambi.
The man doesn’t joke with money. There’s no way he would give me
that kind of money and let me just walk away freely.

“Oya, now, Anita, take the money from me, I beg,” she shared the
money at me. I took it from her and dropped it in my bag.
“So, what’s next now that I have taken the money from you?” I asked

“Nothing, my dear, the man just said he likes you and that I should tell
you he’s sorry for stressing you and that he’s not the kind of person you
think he is,” Aunty Meg explained.

I smiled wryly. And I looked at her straight in the eyes and asked her.
“Aunty Meg, are you in support of me dating Doctor Bambi because I’m
sure you know very well that the only thing he wants from me is my