Many people have turned to dating people who are significantly older than them so they can live the good life. Some have gone as far as to date their friends’ parents and their parents’ friends. It’s a bizarre situation but it’s becoming more common than ever. Recently, there was drama in our estate after one of my neighbours found out that her son had gone to Dubai with her best friend who also happened to be his godmother.
A month earlier, Nancy came knocking on my door looking for her son. Brian was good friends with my son so she thought that we might know where he was.
“Have you seen Brian?” She asked worriedly.
“No, what’s wrong?”
“He hasn’t come home for more than a week.”
“Don’t worry about it. You know how these kids are. He’ll show up soon.” I said, trying to comfort her.
However, he still hadn’t come back home after a week, which made all of us worried. She went to the police to file a report after we advised her to do so. The police assured her that they would look for him but she kept asking around if anyone had seen him. No one knew where he was – not even his friends.
“We don’t know where he went but he told us that he was planning on travelling to Dubai soon.” One of his friends told his mum.
“Dubai? With whom?” She asked.
“I don’t know. He didn’t tell us.”
Brian was a university student and didn’t have the money to travel to Dubai so his mum didn’t think it was possible that he was in Dubai.
She waited patiently for him to come back home but as days turned to weeks, her worry became more intense. She stopped going to work so she could look for her son. At some point, she was admitted to the hospital for a few days because her blood pressure had gone up to a dangerous level.
In the midst of the chaos, Brian was still nowhere to be found. It had been around a month since he went missing and no one had any idea where he could be.
As a last resort, she decided to ask her best friend, Julie, if she knew where Brian was. Julie had been out of the country for several months so she didn’t have any hopes that she would know where he was.
“I haven’t talked to Brian since I travelled.” She said.
“I thought so.” His mum replied.
“You shouldn’t worry yourself. Brian is a grown man. He could be somewhere with his girlfriend.”
“I know but why would he not tell me?”
“Well, you’re usually very strict on him so maybe he’s scared of what you might say.”
“I just hope he’s okay.”
“He’s okay. He’ll come back soon.”
“Thanks for the support.”
“You’re welcome. We’ll talk when I come back next week.”
After talking to her best friend, she calmed down a little bit. She even went back to work and life went on as usual.
As promised, Julie came back a week later and went to visit her best friend. However, no one was prepared for who she showed up with.
Julie exited the car first then Brian emerged carrying a small suitcase. He looked like he was in good spirits and was even laughing with Julie. When his mum answered the door, she couldn’t believe her eyes.
“Brian!! Where have you been?” His mum barked at him.
He stuttered as he tried to explain himself but Julie interjected.
“Let’s go inside and talk about it.”
“This boy isn’t stepping anywhere near my house. You either tell me where you were or you go back where you came from.”
The commotion attracted a crowd outside their apartment who wanted to know what was going on.
“Please, mum. Let’s talk inside. You’re making a scene.” Brian pleaded.
However, his mum refused to let him in. She then turned her attention to Julie who had been standing silently on the side.
“So, you knew where he was all this time but you told me that you didn’t. Do you know how stressed I have been for a whole month?” She asked.
“He didn’t want to tell you where he was.”
“Where were you, Brian?” I asked, trying to resolve the issue.
“Your friend told me you were in Dubai.”
“Yes, I was.” He finally said and the crowd gasped.
“Who were you in Dubai with?”
“Which friends and who paid for your trip?”
He was quiet again but looked at Julie as if he wanted her to answer on his behalf. Due to the commotion, the management called the police to de-escalate the situation. Before they could answer, three police officers came and dispersed the crowd. They then took Brian, his mum and Julie to the police station so they could resolve the matter.
Brian still didn’t want to say who he went to Dubai with but after the police threatened to throw him in the cells, he started talking.
“I was with Julie.” He said.
“Which Julie?” His mum asked.
Brian pointed to Julie and his mum nearly fainted.
“I heard rumours that you were having an affair with my son but I didn’t want to believe it. How could you do it? He’s your godson. You’ve watched him grow up.”
“He’s not a small boy anymore,” Julie said nonchalantly.
Julie was known to have relationships with younger men. However, Brian’s mum never thought her best friend would ever make a move on her son. She wanted to lash out but she had to be calm and think rationally.
“Young man, do you know how many problems you’ve caused? Madam, what do you want us to do with the boy?” One of the police officers asked Brian’s mum.
Though she was relieved that her son was alive and well, she didn’t know if she could forgive him for making her worry for a whole month.
“I’ll go home with him.” She replied.
Brian was hesitant to go home with her but he didn’t have a choice. A few days later, we found out the truth of where he was after Brian told one of his friends. It became the talk of the estate for a while. Julie never came back to see her best friend. It’s safe to assume that the two are no longer friends.
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