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Discovering Our Us: Chapter 3

“I don’t understand. I am not understanding you. You mean to tell me that there was a ring in the atmosphere, yet no one got engaged?” Tinuke, Toyosi’s best friend, could not fathom Toyosi’s description of the birthday dinner. They were catching up at a downtown swanky bar, as they always did after one of them experience something gist-worthy. These happy hours were the only moments the two women could intimately share together since Tinuke got married. Toyosi drew a long breath

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Discovering Our Us: Chapter 2

If there was a competition for what couple could have the most awkward car ride in history, then Toyosi and Tunde would have been awarded gold medals. There was absolutely nothing romantic about the night so far, despite it being her birthday and the assumed date for their proposal. Tunde, who never seemed to be fidgety, seemed unable to find the right words to say to her to commemorate her birthday. His birthday speech was barely a speech; it was really

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Discovering Our Us

“If you fast and pray, then God will reveal your husband to you.” “If you are using spiritual eyes to look at your partner, then you will be able to tell if he is the right one for you.” These are the types of sayings Toyosi internalized all of her life when it came to finding the right partner. Being the only girl out of four children, it was as if she was groomed to just be a wife, all of

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Series of Complicated Affairs: 2.10 (Final Chapter!)

It had been what felt like an entire lifetime since Gbenga had heard from Ivie. During the days when he reached out to her with no avail, he beat himself up over the fact that he let something like “emotional  cheating” get in the way. He never intended to be perceived as an emotional cheater. His connection with Ogechi was no where close to what he felt for Ivie. Admittedly, while he sternly refuted accusations of so-called emotional cheating, he

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Series of Complicated Affairs: 2.9

Gbenga had not heard from Ivie in exactly 7 days exacerbating his fears about where they stood. He had been struggling to understand Ivie’s new-found demeanor, but her additional purposeful absence and silence was driving him crazy. He had spoken to Sade and Nneka but it seemed that they had pledged an ode of silence to their dear girlfriend. Additionally, Ogechi had become estranged from him. He told himself that it should not bother him, but he was experiencing forced distance from

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Series of Complicated Affairs: 2.8

The time for him to depart for grad school was getting closer and Gbenga could no longer understand Ivie’s behavior. She seemed unsually calm, but distant from him. After he quit his job to enjoy the time off before starting school, she was initially inquisitive about everything he was up to. Everyday, after she returned from work, she would ask him about his activities like a mother asking about her child’s first day of school. It was as if she

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Series of Complicated Affairs: 2.7

It was the first time in D.C. that people were able to dine outside during the normally eventful Saturday brunching period. Ivie, Sade, and Nneka had their “monthly” meet up to catch up on life. As they skimmed the menu trying to decide between a calorie-heavy dish or a light meal, Sade and Nneka could not help but notice Ivie’s unusually bubbly mood. She smiled broadly at the sarcastic waiter, she did not make snarky comments at Sade’s usual tardiness,

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Series of Complicated Affairs: 2.6

Ivie watched, disgusted, as Uncle Biodun bossed Gbenga around like he was his personal assistant. She could not stand the sight of her newly-reunited boyfriend answering “yessir” and “nosir” to the nasty man as if he was his house boy. As her anger swelled up, she tried to calm herself down by reminding herself that Uncle Biodun was the reason Gbenga was able to come to America. If not for him being his “official sponsor”, Gbenga would have never been

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Series of Complicated Affairs: 2.5

I can’t believe I am back here again. The routine feels familiar- waking up and seeing Gbenga drooling childishly as he snores, spending hours in his bed thinking about what he would like for breakfast, and wondering what new adventure we would get ourselves into that day. Except, he is preparing to catch a flight to Boston in a matter of days. Yet, here I am lying in his 400-thread count Egyptian cotton bed sheet deceiving myself, thinking there is going

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Series of Complicated Affairs: 2.4

“So you mean to tell me that you have been mourning one relationship for several weeks? You are actually telling me that one woman is making your whole world turn upside down?” Gbenga’s role model, Uncle Biodun, was in town “on business” as usual. While Gbenga usually appreciated his uncle’s sense of humor, he particularly did not enjoy him making a mockery of his pain on this ironically beautiful Saturday morning. “Uncle B, I would really appreciate less sarcasm and

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