Adebayo.

He’s a nice young man, he treats me like a million dollars. Adebayo. Adebayo calls me the best thing that has ever happened to him. His wealth is of little significance to me; I make enough money to be comfortable on my own. Adebayo, oh, my Adebayo. Ade mi tells me sweet rubbish that confuses my senses. When he whispers, he brushes his lips against my ears. I think I love him. I think he's the one.

We've been together for 2 years.

"Doyin, I want to spend the rest of my life with you. You complete me, you make me a better man! With you, I feel whole. Will you bless me and be my wife?"

"Yes! Yes, yes, yes!"

It's two months later, I'm home anticipating the weekly bouquet of flowers he sends every Thursday.

We met on a Thursday, our first kiss was on a Thursday and he proposed to me on a Thursday. I hear a knock on the door.

Odd. Tayo, the delivery man, always uses the doorbell.

Her name is Taiwo. Taiwo, alakoba. (Taiwo, the trouble maker) She's a month pregnant for Ade mi.

Ade mi, is it true? My darling Adebayo. He hit me for the first time.

I got my bouquet the next day, it came with an extra rose. Ade mi, he didn‘t mean to do it. He loves me.

It's five months later. I'm in the Emergency Room for the third time. Ade mi tells my family we're on vacation.

We've been married for a year and eight months. I'm pregnant. Ade mi killed our child.

Why won't my love die? Why won't I refuse the flowers?

Ade mi has brought in a mistress. He does not want to make love to the scars he created. Atinuke, his mistress, comes in. Her heels squash the rest of my dignity; her nail polish is the blood of my third miscarriage.

Ade mi makes me serve them food. Atinuke is my cousin.

It's six years later. Ade mi is dead. Atinuke killed Ade mi; He hit her too.

As I reminisce the gruesome details of my past, Tayo, the delivery man, rubs my neck.

Tayo. He kisses my scars.


Moradeyo Adeniyi lives in Mississauga, Canada and spends her free time making the world a better place.