The adventures of Solape and her identical twin siblings Ololade and Omolola. She came 14 months after they were born and bear striking resemblance to them so she easily passes off as their triplet and ÈKÉTA OMO.
(At home. Susan arrives. The sisters welcome her pleasantly)
Susan: Wow, it’s so good to see you girls. It’s been donkey years. How are you?
Ololade: Fine, thank you.
Omolola: We’re fine.
Solape: Splendid. How are you too?
Susan: I’m fine too. It’s nice to be here. The last time we saw, we were probably running around in diapers.
Ololade: That’ s right. We’re all grown now.
Susan: Yes…and my God, you girls look like triplets.
Solape: Yeah, yeah, we’re technically triplets.
Omolola: (to Solape) In your mind.
Solape: What? I said, “technically” or it’s hard for you to comprehend simple English?
Omolola: You’re the youngest member of this family, get that into your thick skull.
Solape: Yen yen yen yen yen.
Susan: (giggles) C’mon girls.
Ololade: (to Susan) Just be ready for more of this. (points to Omolola and Solape) These two are always at each other’s throats.
Susan: (laughs) I understand. My sisters and I also get in cat fights from time to time. It’s part of sisterhood.
(Susan’s phone beeps. She picks the call)
Susan: Hey boo, what’s up? (listens for a while) Okay, give me few secs, I’ll call you right back. (ends calls and speaks to the sisters) Err, sorry I didn’t mention this earlier but my boyfriend is coming over. That’s okay with you girls, right? (stands) Please excuse me, I need to make a call now. I’ll be back to catch up some more. (goes to the guest room)
Solape: What did she just say?
Omolola: Her boyfriend is coming over.
Ololade: Coming to do what?
Omolola: If you ask me, na who I go ask? I guess to hang out with her na ni.
Solape: Why here? Doesn’t he have a house? She can go and hang out with him there na.
Omolola: Well, this is probably a more controlled environment for her to hang out with a guy. She’s not alone here, he may be alone over there or with others she doesn’t know.
Ololade: That makes sense, though.
Solape: Hmm. Mummy didn’t ask us to come and host boys o, ehen.
Omolola: Which boys? Somebody’s boyfriend can’t come and visit her in peace?
Solape: Issokay. Since you are the hostess, make sure you entertain him to the fullest.
Omolola: You’re just a killjoy. What’s wrong with what she said now?
Solape: Nothing o, make una carry go.
Ololade: (to Solape) Calm down, madam. Shebi it’s just for him to visit her and leave, it’s not that deep.
Solape: Tooh. I hear you.
(About an hour later, Austin arrives. Susan lets him in and introduces him to the sisters then proceeds to take his knapsack to the room)
Susan: Babe come, let me show you to the room. (to the sisters) We’ll be right back.
Ololade: Wait, what just happened?
Solape: (laughs sarcastically)
Omolola: What’s funny?
Solape: Ask google na. When I protested the other time, shebi I was a killjoy. (hisses)
Ololade: Jokes apart, what’s going on here?
Solape: It’s called ‘Susan takeover’. She’s obviously taking advantage of mum’s absence.
Ololade: But that’s not right! She can’t just bring him here for a sleepover, she has to check with us to know whether we are okay with it or not.
Omolola: What are we going to do?
Solape: What kind of question is that? We tell her to return him to his parents or wherever he came from, simple. (moves towards the rooms)
Ololade: Wait. Let them come out. They’ll meet us here.
(Susan shows up in the living room after some minutes)
Susan: Hey girls, what’s popping? I’m sorry, I had to attend to Austin.
Susan: Babes? Why are you quiet? Is something wrong? (looks concerned)
Omolola: Well, we weren’t expecting a plus one.
Ololade: And we don’t think it’s a good idea.
Solape: We’re not okay with it, simple.
Susan: Oh, I’m so sorry. I know I should have told you and not spring the surprise on you like that. It wasn’t intentional, I promise.
Solape: It’s really not about us. Mum won’t be pleased to know we have a guy sleeping over in her absence. She had no idea about the plus one.
Ololade: That’s right.
Susan: Yeah, my bad. I would have told her but this wasn’t part of the plan when I initially spoke to her about my visit.
Solape: You can still tell her about the change of plans. Just call her and if she’s okay with the idea, no problem.
Susan: C’mon girls, he’ll be gone first thing on Sunday morning. We don’t get to see often because of the distance and we just want to spend time together. You ladies understand, right? You have boyfriends, yeah?
Ololade: Boyfriends don’t sleep over in our house.
Susan: But they do on campus, yeah? C’mon, stop acting all naïve on me.
Solape: No, we don’t harbour boyfriends.
Omolola: Why didn’t you just go to his house?
Susan: He doesn’t live in Lagos, he came because of me.
Solape: So you found out mum won’t be at home and decided to hint your boyfriend? What made you think we’d be cool with the idea?
Susan: Babes, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m sure you’ve been in love before, yeah? You know we sometimes do crazy things for love. Please girls, he’s well-behaved, he won’t be in your way, I promise. (makes puppy eyes)
Ololade: (to Omolola and Solape) What do you think?
Omolola: Well, the deed is done, isn’t it? I guess we can manage the situation till he leaves first thing on Sunday morning.
Solape: Mum won’t like this. I don’t like it either.
Omolola: She doesn’t have to know. We are sisters, we cover for one another.
Ololade: (to Susan) By the way, you’re changing rooms. You’ll sleep in my room, I can sort myself out.
Susan: Why? What’s wrong with the guest room?
Ololade: Your boyfriend gets the guest room. You don’t suppose we’ll allow you sleep in the same room, do you?
Solape: No buts, sis. That’s exactly what mum would do. Take it or leave it.
Susan: Okay, okay, fine.
To be cont’d…
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