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Betty Tuesdays

Mammon

Hey guys, so things are getting pretty busy here nowadays. Anyways, this has been a long time coming but I’m glad to finally announce the birth of our very own in house baby blogger’s category. Let me introduce y’all to our new category:  “Betty Tuesdays“.  I’ll now hand you over to your host, @Uberbetty.

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I could start by gushing about how this is such an awesome privilege. But I won’t. Thetoolsman knows how grateful I am to have been allotted this spot, I hope to thank him by spurning stories you’d like. However, I come with no grandiose aspirations as I’m just a story-teller. All I ask is that when you’re done reading, that you share your own related stories, opinions or impressions with me using the comment box. Here’s to New Beginnings. Cheers.

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His hands clenched the wheel tight. He was quiet. No one could tell from his bland exterior the chaos that roiled inside.

She raised a brow. “You’re awfully quiet today. Are you still upset about the Abdul thing?”

Abdul. Ahmed. Dapo. Chijioke. He couldn’t keep track anymore. She always went and came back and apologized. And he always took her back.

All because of money. He loved her. And he did believe she loved him.
But these other dudes could take care of her. He couldn’t.

His ramshackle car and dingy one bedroom apartment to their mansions and Porsches.
And she was so beautiful; they were drawn in like moth to flame.

“Mike. Answer now…” She reached out to touch his ear. He drew away. She sighed and pulled out her phone. “Fine! Be that way!”

He turned on the radio. But it refused to distract him.

Walking into the bar with his buddy. Remembering the sneers and raucous laughter.

You’ve got nothing.
You’ve got nothing.

“I thought you were gonna fix the A.C? I’m hot.”

He said nothing.

Remembering the phone calls from his guys- “Dude, let her go… You can’t afford her standards. I saw her out last night with…”

Broke-ass. Pauper. Have-not.

He gripped the wheel even tighter. He’d reached the end.

She laughed at something while she fanned herself with her left hand. She looked up. “This guy’s house is far sha.. Since, na wa..”

It was dark when they arrived.

“Why does he live so far?” She hissed. She stepped down, flipped her hair over her shoulder and peered into the darkness. “Doesn’t he own a gen? No light.. After that hot long ride..”

He came over to her side of the car. Held her hand and turned her to face him.
She smiled. “Oh, you’ve forgiven me now?”

He drew her into a hug. Buried his nose in her neck. She wrapped her arms around his back. She let out a long sigh. “I do love you, y’know?”

“I know. I love you too. So bloody much. And that’s why.”

“Why what?”

He never got to answer.
Figures jumped out of the darkness and latched on to her; the surprise factor making it easy to bundle her without much resistance.

Her eyes widened. She didn’t scream. Her eyes sought his out.

“Mike.. What’s going on? Mike? Mike!”

He turned his back to her and refused to look back as her screams faded.

He drove back home slowly. Tears pouring down.

“You have to give up whom you love the most. That’s how I can make you rich…” The Baba had said.

They won’t laugh anymore.

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Discussion

67 thoughts on “Mammon

  1. Yayyy..Betty Tuesdays!!whoop..firsttt

    Posted by kechilauren | May 31, 2011, 9:08 am
  2. I. Loved. It! I have no words….(Y)

    Posted by Cleo | May 31, 2011, 9:14 am
  3. Woah…the dude had been pushed to the wall. Women should know that leaving a guy hurts but when you leave a guy because he has no money, that pain is indescribable.

    Posted by AOT2 | May 31, 2011, 9:17 am
  4. *sigh* did he have to !!!! Now not only wld he loose her but also Everyfn he stood 4 😦 *sadmush*
    Btw, welcome on board betty 😀

    Posted by foxy | May 31, 2011, 9:17 am
  5. Ewooooo!!!! Chai! Sweet revenge….beautiful piece

    Posted by nengie | May 31, 2011, 9:19 am
  6. Mehn….some Africa Magic thingz mehn….wash hout for partII

    Posted by Master Sushey | May 31, 2011, 9:20 am
  7. Wow…. ehya, sad story 😦

    Posted by Son1aO | May 31, 2011, 9:21 am
  8. iLike iLike. Sweet reprisal n retribution.

    Posted by bii | May 31, 2011, 9:25 am
  9. Whaat?!! For a second I thought he was taking her to her ‘runs’ and then a wild switcheroo … He is actually not such an ‘understanding’ one now is he? Nice piece!

    Posted by mamalaw | May 31, 2011, 9:27 am
  10. EWOOOOOO! See somtin! Very unexpected end mama! Loved it…welcome 🙂

    Posted by beforesheimplodes | May 31, 2011, 9:31 am
  11. “His ramshackle car and dingy one bedroom apartment”<-hehehe 🙂

    Lovely story. Some babes are heartless sha. But shey the guy knows it starts with something seemingly small. When the guy comes to collect….hmmmm.

    He went too far. He should have just had her beaten severely.

    Posted by cecenostockings | May 31, 2011, 9:32 am
  12. Lwkmd!!!! Choi!!!!!!!!!

    “You have to give up whom you love the most. That’s how I can make you rich…” The Baba had said.

    Dats d best part of this post!!!

    Uberbetty…uve killed it again! (Y)

    Posted by ibetapassmyneighbour | May 31, 2011, 9:35 am
  13. There are a lot of girls that have “poor” bfs but indulge older or richer ones for financial aid..the annoying part is that some guys condone it..simply because they can’t provide..this was Mike’s way of acting out..which is extremely SAD!

    Posted by kechilauren | May 31, 2011, 9:36 am
  14. He’s a BASTARD!!!! Did he have to take her back? His reason is so silly. Its a story but I’m still pissed. I’m with @FOXY on this one and @AOT2 thats still no excuse for what he did. If a chick leaves you cos of cash. Good for you cos U dont need that kind of chick.U can channel that rage positively. But taking short-cuts, U are no better than the person you are condemning.

    Posted by ciiphii | May 31, 2011, 9:38 am
  15. WOW! This reminds me of one of @Ms_Dania’s posts…

    The love of money, the root, shoot, fruit….the flipping whole tree of evil!
    People don’t realize that the universe holds the karma priciple dearly, closely to its bosom. It, whatever “it” may be that you have done, will come right round, and bite you in the ass!
    God help us all.

    Posted by Delphine | May 31, 2011, 9:39 am
  16. WOW…that is all!!

    Posted by wordsofanaries | May 31, 2011, 9:42 am
  17. And the seemingly benign tale ends with an unexpected bullet to the back of the head. Surprise endings…I approve. Welcome Betty, blessed art thou amongst the blogthren.

    Posted by thinktankt | May 31, 2011, 9:48 am
  18. Austerely brillianT! Its so……………sTatic………a smiley for “ecsTatic” will be lovely at This poinT! *oh pls, do ignore the obnoxious mr T he refuses To slip ouT of CAPS!!* I have a thing for ladies wiTh a lustrous command of the english lingo! Unfortunately I’m presenTly “cupified” and smiTten by one! *BULLOCKs* oh well!………sTaTic…….

    Posted by nubismallz | May 31, 2011, 9:50 am
  19. The story took soo many twists and turns..sigh…he’s mad though! nice!

    Posted by Jade Mustapha | May 31, 2011, 9:50 am
  20. too sad for words 😦

    Posted by chinnydiva | May 31, 2011, 9:52 am
  21. good short story.should have been ‘her eyes SOUGHT his…”

    Posted by ekwe | May 31, 2011, 9:56 am
  22. “….they were drawn in like moth to flame”. This Pemi and her metaphors, I love ’em! Nice article. Tuesdays just got a whole lot more interesting. Ironic & tragic though- Sacrificing the one he loves to get rich because of the one he loved! Nice work. (Y)

    Posted by TheExtrovertKid | May 31, 2011, 10:01 am
  23. Good Writing. Simple yet compelling. I loved it. Every tiny meander lol

    Welldone Uberbetty 🙂

    Posted by AeeDeeAee | May 31, 2011, 10:02 am
  24. yup…and what Ekwe said..

    Posted by AeeDeeAee | May 31, 2011, 10:03 am
  25. Thnk goodness.Mike didn’t collecct money from her and doesn’t depend on her for trips..he respected himself.the ones that collect money from the unfaithful babes are the WORST

    Posted by kechilauren | May 31, 2011, 10:04 am
  26. Great blog…i especially loved the twist in the plot

    Posted by twittinigerian | May 31, 2011, 10:04 am
  27. Nice piece Betty.

    To all those people talking about the girl, what about the silly guy that couldn’t let her go. He should just admit he’s an opportunist also. He had no good reason to do what he did. Like they say, Karma is a bitch, and she will f*ck with you.

    Posted by All Heart | May 31, 2011, 10:06 am
  28. “living in bondage” stuvs hehe.

    Posted by beeyuteeful | May 31, 2011, 10:19 am
  29. God bless u Tula…Betty…*Stands at attention* Triple Tuaile for u! Awesome piece.
    While I think d girl was a b*#%h, I still think d guy was a fool. You do not deal wit d Devil…cos when dat dude comes to collect…it’ll be nasty. Mammon is d most apt title for dis mehn…

    Posted by musingsofagidimallam | May 31, 2011, 10:22 am
  30. U’ve got to count the “Wows” u’ve got… Here is another, WOW!

    Posted by Kaeyboy | May 31, 2011, 10:23 am
  31. simply put, “THERE’S A PRICE FOR EVERYTHING!”

    Posted by 'il Cicero' | May 31, 2011, 10:32 am
  32. wouldn’t it have been better if he did,as opposed to killing her for the money?

    Posted by chinnydiva | May 31, 2011, 10:43 am
  33. I wasn’t expecting that.
    That’s what I’ve come to expect with you, that I’d come across something I wasn’t expecting.

    Congratulations on Betty Tuesdays too.

    You go girl!

    Posted by afrosays | May 31, 2011, 10:44 am
  34. how long does he have to keep understanding to be called ‘understanding’?

    Posted by 'il Cicero' | May 31, 2011, 10:47 am
  35. r u male or female? no beating ladies for any reason watsoever…

    Posted by 'il Cicero' | May 31, 2011, 10:48 am
  36. Yeah..I guess.its the lesser of two evils.killing is just extreme…:( I just wnted to point dt out

    Posted by kechilauren | May 31, 2011, 10:54 am
  37. Wow! Very very beautiful piece!

    Posted by remi | May 31, 2011, 11:00 am
  38. Wow. Great short story. Like afrosays said, av also learnt to get what I wasn’t expecting with you. ‘They would never laugh at him again’. Well wud he still laugh like he wants to?
    Great stuff. Looking foward to more betty tuesdays. 😀

    Posted by thatssodamie | May 31, 2011, 11:05 am
  39. I shouted “Wow” in reality. That should tell something…

    The last two lines took me by storm.

    And Hurray to Betty Tuesdays!! 😀 Thanks Tula!

    Posted by @Qurr | May 31, 2011, 11:36 am
  40. Maybe that’s because Ms_Dania and I are soul-sisters.. 😀

    And Amen.

    Posted by Betty | May 31, 2011, 11:42 am
  41. FUCK!!! Excuse my French but d end just…. ‘Karma’s a bitch n Hades is her master’.

    Great read.

    Posted by Jasmine | May 31, 2011, 11:53 am
  42. Hi 5 sister *insert appropriate soul sister-ish…hug/handshake/thing sha*

    I enjoyed it immensely babe. There are a lot of guys in similar situations. They all will eventually snap. They may not go as far as this dude but they will snap and act out in some way. So ladies be warned. And guys if you can’t handle it then don’t condone it from the beginning.

    Great to see you’ll now be regular. I just hate The Toolsman for thinking about it first (>_<)

    Posted by 'Dania | May 31, 2011, 11:56 am
  43. a sharp guy will collect her ‘runs’ money and groom his village chic with it. He cant ever meet up to the babe’s standard anyway. ‘Love the most’ Puhleez!! Dude just needed a reason

    Posted by L.E. | May 31, 2011, 12:12 pm
  44. yes, yes~ yayy to beTTy Tuesdays!! such loveliness.. but wow!!

    Posted by mzs_pam | May 31, 2011, 12:46 pm
  45. Kudos @uglybetty 🙂 Uberbetty i didnt see the ending coming
    Exasperation, Mike was exasperated.
    But then again, is it by force?
    If you live in Okoko, why findeth thee GF in VI? *apologies to any reader resident in Okoko* are there no babes in Okoko that can help u manage ur “ramshackle car and dingy one bedroom apartment” pending when u upgrade?

    Posted by AA | May 31, 2011, 1:01 pm
  46. Great story. But if I consider the last few lines I begin to wonder if the juju will work, reason being I doubt if he loved her the most. Maybe he thought he did but his actions in the frame of this story nullifies what he desires. Just my 2 cents. Love the story.

    Posted by Griffin | May 31, 2011, 1:02 pm
  47. May I never be faced with a situation like this…

    Posted by je_mc2 | May 31, 2011, 1:13 pm
  48. I would have gladly given up the last girl that complained about the AC in my car for rituals,like i dont need it myself.
    Nice post btw

    Posted by Mike | May 31, 2011, 1:19 pm
  49. The Dude is a Bastard. Nothing can excuse what he did!He wasn’t dirt poor,at least he had a car(ramshackle or not)and he lives in a one bedroom apartment not a ‘face me I face you?’

    Posted by mabijo | May 31, 2011, 1:21 pm
  50. Oh wow!! Did he have to?? Stuff like that eventually catches up with you. He’ll never be satisfied or happy with his money. Wonderful piece Betty.

    Posted by Spiffy | May 31, 2011, 1:37 pm
  51. Wow!! Beautiful piece.. Some twisted ‘PAY-back’ reasoning.. She cheats on him.. He wants to get rid of her..and he’s getting rid of her for some twisted ‘USEful’ purpose

    Posted by kcollins | May 31, 2011, 1:46 pm
  52. hahaha.. but this has always been the plan.. Don’t worry, we’ll let her out to play with her ‘pen sister’ from time to time…

    Posted by thetoolsman | May 31, 2011, 1:58 pm
  53. Hmmm for me, with stories like this I try to enjoy the story (as yet another human experience) and not judge any of the characters’ actions/inactions…

    Posted by @Qurr | May 31, 2011, 2:07 pm
  54. top notch writing
    Thats all id say

    Posted by BBB | May 31, 2011, 2:31 pm
  55. As always…I love!
    It’s just sad to think that her own selfish actions cost her her life. Doesn’t justify his actions though. All in all, very sad post. Makes you wonder just how far you’re willing to go to be ‘happy’.
    “They won’t laugh anymore.” *shivers*

    Posted by ie | May 31, 2011, 3:59 pm
  56. YAY!!! #TeamSadSisters 😀 soon u’ll start denouncing ur membership…loved this one…waiting for next tuesday….

    Posted by freshprinz | May 31, 2011, 4:45 pm
  57. sheesh!!!

    Posted by creamandcoffee | May 31, 2011, 4:59 pm
  58. Aah!! Babalawo ke??

    Posted by nyekus peperempe | May 31, 2011, 6:33 pm
  59. well i dont blame the girl.i believe the guy should have opted put when ye couldnt take it anymore for crying out loud they werent even married. i had a roommate like dis in sch. she dated other rich guys for money and a poor one for love. paid his school fees and practically made him successful in life. they are married today ad so far he still worships the ground she works on.

    Posted by Trust me i know | May 31, 2011, 6:41 pm
  60. but that’s a bit dumb on his part. he wants to be rich so she wont have to chase after other rich dudes, and yet he’s willing to sacrifice her life to be rich. He wont get her either ways lol.
    Nice stowie though 🙂

    Posted by kitkat | May 31, 2011, 6:45 pm
  61. lovely!!!!!!!!!!! serves her right but that’s extreme tho. but this is what sm ladies hv pushed guys into. sad stuff.
    he i also foolish for taking her back. what kind of nonsense love is that?

    Posted by msyewieo | May 31, 2011, 10:03 pm
  62. I’m sure, if given an option, she’d have preferred the beating.

    Posted by cecenostockings | May 31, 2011, 10:18 pm
  63. awesome.
    esp liking its simplicity & depth.
    really dig the way it ends

    Posted by finnyrolls | June 1, 2011, 3:19 am
  64. maybe in some s&m shit…lolz

    Posted by 'il Cicero' | June 1, 2011, 9:09 am
  65. Really great story. Nice one Betty.

    Big ups to Arsene Toolsman.

    Posted by Radeyo | June 1, 2011, 2:47 pm
  66. haha. I love abrupt endings. you rock again and again and again and again. 🙂

    Posted by elmerhassan | June 7, 2011, 3:39 pm

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