HERE AND AWAY

HERE AND AWAY

I have been in this on-again, off-again relationship and it is getting up to seven years now. Ivy and I started out as a committed couple when we were both in year one in the university. I studied a five-year course and graduated in August, 2019. We started living together in 2015 up to 2019. We studied the same course and also graduated together.

Ivy is a lovely young woman: intelligent, beautiful and well articulated. And to crown it all, she complements me physically. I am of average height and she is tall. I am not blessed with ample breasts and she is. Her legs go on for days and mine are regular. And on and on, we appear to match, physically and personality-wise.

Seeing as I am a one-woman person, it was no problem for me to agree to keep our relationship exclusive. Besides, I loved Ivy and could totally see us being together for a lifetime.

Then, in our fourth year, Ivy started seeing a guy. She told me about this guy who’d asked her out and who she was considering saying yes to for the sake of appearances. Even though she appeared to be asking for my permission, I could see that she’d made up her mind on this and that saying no would only result in the two of us having problems.

So I okayed it, but with so much pain within. I didn’t want to be the selfish, unreasonable lover who didn’t want what she figured was the best thing for her. I kept my hurt buried within me and accepted that the woman I loved was going to start being with a man.

That night, I could barely sleep. I was beside myself with tortured thoughts about this unfamiliar new territory we were about to proceed into as a couple. It didn’t matter that this guy was not around and that the relationship was basically going to be a long distance one. I just couldn’t stand the thought of my girlfriend being a man’s girlfriend, and worse still, in a union that’d be more recognised than anything I could be to her.

At the end of that semester, I traveled home, and that was when she invited the guy over. They had their fun, sexcapades which she told me about. I couldn’t stand it, but I couldn’t tell her not to tell me. I was being the bigger person.

When I returned to school, I couldn’t erase the images of her being with that guy, which her story created in my head. Knowing that they’d been together in our house caused me to be irritated by everything in that house; even Ivy irritated me.

We carried on with our relationship, but it simply wasn’t the same for me. The awareness that my girlfriend was being sexual with this man made me to start pulling back on some of the things I used to feel comfortable doing with Ivy.

At some point, as though I wanted to hurt her somehow for the way she was hurting me, I started having flings with guys. And I told her about each sexual encounter. However, instead of making her sad or jealous, my stories turned her on.

Fast forward to the present: we are still together, but not, like, together. She is still here but I don’t have her like before. I keep needing some form of commitment, which she is not giving, what with her focus on dating men.

And so, I started entertaining the resolve to find someone else, another girl to replace Ivy.

That was when I met Janet. Janet was this busty, beautiful girl with whom I kicked off things with really fast. We started talking when we were both in different states, then I came back home and we were together. needed a form of commitment and she isn’t giving to me so I ventured  into searching for her replacement.

I met a busty beautiful girl. She is a cute dame and we kicked off right fast. But Janet seemed unsteady, often playing with my emotions. She would only talk to me when she wanted to and even then, she never stayed on the phone long enough to satisfy my need for her. Other times, she’d switch off her phone for a week, leaving mad with worry and anxiety over what she was up to. She could just go offline for days and then casually resurface as though nothing happened.

However, the harder she toyed with me, the harder I wanted her.

Then came the day we were supposed to hang out. I withdrew enough cash to flex her. On our way inside the joint, this guy approached us and started talking to Janet. He was obviously into her and was chyking her. But Janet quickly – and politely – shut that down. Her disinterest filled me with joy; Ivy would have probably flirted back at the guy and soaked in his attention.

We stayed out late that till about 9 PM. When we were ready to leave, we couldn’t get an uber to take us home. So, we decided to trek to a nearby bus stop to try commercial transport.

As we approached the bus stop, a bike bearing two people – the rider and the passenger – swerved a stop before us, and the two men jumped off with guns pointed at us. The guy who’d tried to chyke Janet was one of them.

He hit Janet with the butt of his gun and threatened to shoot me. It was a terrible experience. Mercifully, all they did was rob us, and even then, I lost so much: my phone (and the very important work I was doing in it), the money in my wallet, ID cards, everything of monetary value that I had on me. What I lost that night was worth more than 500 grand.

I took this to be a red flag and bounced from Janet. She wasn’t worth the effort anyway.

The second girl I met was Rita; another lovely woman who I found myself smitten with. We’d been talking for awhile, and then the day we met, I went out with my cousin all the way to Umuahia where she lived, ready to impress her with a lavish outing. It was a really fun day, and it wasn’t until 8 PM that we started heading home. However, we’d forgotten about the curfew that was in effect in my place, and as we drove into the state, we were apprehended by the members of Rapid Response Squad (the new SARS). We were detained and passed the night in their office. In the morning, I bailed us out with 50 thousand naira.

All these new girls appeared to be costing me so much risk and unwanted excitement.

So, I won’t be trying to replace Ivy anymore. I think I’ll just go back to loving her, this woman who I don’t even have anymore.

Written by Deviant

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  1. Mandy
    July 14, 09:58 Reply

    So basically, the guy robbed you girls simply because Janet said no to him?
    SMH. Lol. Anytime you think men couldn’t get any scummier, they do.

    • trystham
      July 14, 10:37 Reply

      You sef see. Tomorrow I wee be hearing ‘logical gender’ all over twitter

  2. Olutayo
    July 14, 10:04 Reply

    Deviant, please, don’t let a couple of coincidentally bad experiences cause you to settle for someone who doesn’t make you happy instead of being out there looking for who will make you happy. Ivy is clearly not making you happy anymore, and the fact that your dalliances with Janet and Rita ended in tears doesn’t mean the universe is trying to punish you for stepping out on Ivy. Don’t get comfortable with misery simply because it is what is safe. Think of this as three being the charm; which means you’ve got one more shot at trying to find another girl, and maybe, just maybe, that one will work out without any violent circumstances.
    Stay safe and be happy.

  3. Net
    July 14, 10:20 Reply

    Instead of constantly looking for a replacement, why not try to be single for awhile or even make genuine friendships before rushing in? Do not settle just because you’ve had a few bad experiences.

    • Black Dynasty
      July 14, 15:10 Reply

      This part. Life isn’t Ivy or someone else, when someone or something is no longer good for your soul and you know it, it’s time to leave.

      Also looking for a replacement of someone will only lead to trouble when said person does not meet your unspoken expectations you’ve unwittingly set for them by using Ivy as a benchmark or standard.

      Be by yourself for a while, take the time to move on and eventually find someone new, willing to love you and treat you like you treat them.

  4. Precious Oraz
    July 14, 10:34 Reply

    What Net said.

    I think what you need is space to be on your own, to enjoy being single, make friends, enjoy friendship, and generally relax. Trying to rush straight off into a new relationship when you’re still in one isn’t exactly a smart decision.

    Plus, you need to break that nonsense up. If it’s hurting you as much as you’ve said, there’s no need to keep torturing yourself. You’re not a martyr. Don’t make one out of yourself. Please.

  5. bamidele
    July 14, 12:43 Reply

    Hi
    you need to first think about yourself and safety first. Many of us are plagued with the fear of being single, alone or lonely. But you need to first think from within. Create hobbies for yourself. Be comfortable with yourself. Then when somebody comes your way, take things step by step; get to know each other and develop friendship before going to the next level. You don’t have to follow the advice word-for-word. The point is for you to be in control of your mind.

    I am so sorry for your loss. I had similar experience early this year. Please, be more careful next time and stay safe.

  6. Dunder
    July 17, 22:01 Reply

    You can’t replace someone who already left. Try making peace with the fact that Ivy isn’t yours anymore and she hasn’t been for a long time. Mourn the relationship and the compromise you permitted yourself to be pressured into then give yourself time to heal. Plan any dates properly especially when you are new to the area. Where there isn’t respect, it isn’t love.

    • Pink Panther
      July 19, 08:26 Reply

      Where there isn’t respect, it isn’t love.

      This is such truth. Truth that not a lot of people in love permit themselves to be aware of.

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